"Fairy stories are related to dreams, which are maybe most people’s first experience of unreal narrative, and to myths. Realism is related to explanations and orderings — the tale of the man in the bar who tells you the story of his life, the historian who explains the decisions of generals and the decline of economies. Great novels, I believe, always draw on both ways of telling, both ways of seeing. But because realism is agnostic and sceptical, human and reasonable, I have always felt it was what I ought to do. And yet my impulse to write came, and I know it, from years of reading myths and fairy tales under the bedclothes, from the delights and freedoms and terrors of worlds and creatures that never existed.” — A.S. Byatt
From “As Necessary as Breathing and Sleeping" on Myth & Moor.
The art above is “Snowdrop and the Seven Little Men” by John D. Batten.