The characters and images of fairytales have cast a spell over adults and children for centuries. These fantastic stories have travelled across cultural borders, and been passed on from generation to generation, ever-changing, renewed with each re-telling. Few forms of literature have greater power to enchant us and rekindle our imagination than a fairytale. But what is a fairytale? Where do they come from and what do they mean? What do they try and communicate to us about morality, sexuality, and society? FairyTale: AVeryShortIntroduction draws on both classics and modern-day realizations in order to define a genre and evaluate a literary form that keeps shifting through time and history.