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"The Fairy Godmother" by Mercedes Lackey (Book Quotes)

  • Oct 24, 2010
The following are a list of quotes from The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey. They are from the edition with ISBN number 0-373-80202-1. They are listed chronologically and adhere to the Modern Language Association's (MLA) guidelines for quotes to the best of my ability minus the author's last name in the actual parenthetical citation. I have cataloged them under thematic concept and included an introduction sentence to the quote.
Read the book review: Night and Day It's "Cinderella!"

Read the review about "The Tradition," a concept from the book: A Fantastical Force
The heroine in The Fairy Godmother is Elena, a "once upon a time" Cinderella who lost her fairy tale happy ending because of the unpredictability of reality: 

Until that moment, she had believed that all endings were happy ones, that all good adults could help children, if only the children asked, and that good things happened to good people, if only they were brave enough. In that moment, she had learned that sometimes good people were helpless, that terrible things happened to good people, that there were sad endings as well as happy ones. (35)

Fairy Tale
In the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Fairy Godmothers aid fairy tales to their inevitable conclusions. However, even a Fairy Godmother's powers cannot guarantee that a story will end with its happy ending:

"Compared to some of the trials that our heroes nad heroines must face in order to earn their happy endings, what we Godmothers encounter is really trival so long as we are careful to keep our true nature hidden. You'll see, when you come to read them, for not every tale has that happy ending. Not every hero is brave enough, resourceful enough, or lucky enough, even with our help, to triumph in the end." (79)

In the Five Hundred Kingdoms, The Tradition is a power, similar to a god-type figure, that controls the life and destinies of all the people through the use of magic:

And that would have had a very serious effect on the very soul of the country, for a country whose people ceased to believe in magic soon lost much of their ability to imagine and dream, and before long, they ceased to believe--or hope--for anything. This was one of the fundamental truths of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. Even the lowest of swineherds could believe that he, or his son, or his son's son could one day be a Prince--because all it took was magic, and being the right person in the right place. And the highest of Kings could know that at any moment, an act of dishonor or cruelty could send him tumbling out of his throne--because all it took was magic, and doing the wrong thing to the wrong person. (318)

The Fairy Godmothers must mold The Tradition to make a story end happily because The Tradition is ambivalent whether or not the story turns into a tragedy as long as enough power and magic is used to secure this ending: 

The Tradition created tragedy as well as happy endings; The Tradition did not care if a story ended happily or in sorrow, so long as the tale was powerful enough. For every Sleeping Princess, there was a Fair Rosalinda. For every Mark and Yseult, the Tradition was prefectly prepared to create a Trystan... (387)

At the end of The Fairy Godmother, there is a Q & A with author Mercedes Lackey where she answers a question about fantasy:

What does fantasy mean to you?

Fantasy for me has always gone far beyond the magic rings and castles of the classical fairy tale, although heaven knows I love the classical fairy tales! To write or enjoy fantasy requires an open mind and heart, and the ability to believe that things are not always what they seem. (418)

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November 20, 2010
Good quotes. I like the last one the best. I agree that you have to have an open mind and heart to enjoy fantasy novels.
November 22, 2010
Thanks for reading the quotes from the book! Have you read "The Hunger Games" yet? I'm planning to post some quotes from that book next in preparation for the review. :D
November 24, 2010
Haven't read that one yet. What is it about?
December 01, 2010
It's a dystopia novel about a futuristic world in which children are forced to participate in the yearly Hunger Games. It's like Survivor except only one person can survive. You can check out the book quotes once I post them and see if it's a book you might want to read. It's written for a YA audience, though, which hindered it's impact, imho.
October 24, 2010
Interesting. Your list is making me excited for those books and reviews! Nice one, Adri!
October 24, 2010
Thanks! Glad you are excited. The book itself was just ok. It took until chapter 7 to really pick up. However, the concepts, which I will probably review in Sean's community, were quite ingenious. I'm glad you are excited about my upcoming writing projects. I have so many drafts, it's not even funny! :-P
October 24, 2010
I bet! I have like 4 review drafts under saved so far (2 for your COL) and two lists for Sean's community. I need to take a break soon from going to the movies and I need to relax so I can finish those reviews. I believe in quality not quantity as you notice, I can't post a draft like review--one book is unfinished because it is very hard to get into, I have an uncorrected copy and I couldn't feel a rhythm.
October 26, 2010
Only 4 drafts? LOL! Lucky you! I'm reaching peaks of 20 drafts now. No lists drafts at least. I agree with you about quality over quantity. There should be more writers like us. :)
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