So we seek for romance in fiction; and grown-up people read novels, and children love to hear fairy-tales.
Though we know the novels are fiction, and even children no longer really believe in fairies, we still find pleasure in such tales, because they take us away for a little time from our dull, everyday life.
Every nation has its fairy-tales, many of which are very ancient, and have come down from the old days when people really believed in the existence and powers of fairies, and other supernatural beings.
Some of the most beautiful fairy-tales come from ancient Greece, like those of Theseus and the Minotaur, Perseus and Andromeda, Pandora’s Box, Jason and the Golden Fleece, and many other famous ones.
Cinderella, for example, can be found in almost every culture.
One explanation of this states that the first humans created these stories and took them along as they populated the globe.
Still the most well known transcription of oral folk tales remains "Grimm's Fairy Tales," written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in 1812.
This compilation included stories such as "Rumpelstiltskin,"...
Besides these old stories of ancient folklore, many beautiful fairy-tales have been written in modern times by writers of genius, like Hans Andersen in Germany, and Charles Kingsley, James Barrie and Walter de la Mare in England — whose stories are read with delight, not only by children, but also by grown-up people.
Of course no one nowadays believes in fairies, except ignorant and superstitious villagers, and, perhaps, children.