(This list is ever in progress. Throw out any recommendations you might have in the comments!)


Aesop’s fables

Russian fairy tales, collected by Aleksandr Afanas’ev

Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales

The Bible

Bulfinch’s Mythology, by Thomas Bulfinch

D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths and D’Aulaires Book of Norse Myths, by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire

Madam d’Aulnoy’s fairy tales

Stories by Neil Gaiman

Les Fleurs Animées, by JJ Grandville

Grimm’s fairy tales

Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling

The Blue Fairy Book, The Crimson Fairy Book, The Olive Fairy Book, etc., compiled by Andrew Lang

Mr Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi

Charles Perrault’s fairy tales

Morphology of the Folktale, by Vladimir Propp

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J.K. Rowling

The Once and Future King, by T.H. White

Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales


2 thoughts on “Inspirations

  1. I would highly recommend any of the old Greek or Roman fairy tales. They’re usually as dramatic as a soap opera, and many are slightly morbid. Good luck!

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