Ok, now I’m vastly amused. Sarah said that at a workshop she went to, someone said that a person’s favorite fairy tale as a child tended to greatly influence their writing later in life. And I write Beauty and the Beast stories all the time. *laugh* Sarah didn’t know BatB was my favorite fairy tale, but she was *really* not surprised by it.
Nor was I terribly surprised to hear that Sarah’s favorite is The Little Mermaid (the original, not the Disney version). That’s pretty funny. :)
So she asked me what my favorite 3 fairy tales were, in that case, and out of traditional fairy tales, I’d have to say BatB, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White & Rose Red (which is another transformation story). If you step a little outside of the bounds of “traditional fairy tale”, my list would have to be Beauty and the Beast, Tam Lin (which isn’t exactly a fairy tale), and the other story that leapt to mind is one from my book of retold (or possibly wholly invented) fairy tales, Enchanted Tales, called _The Wounded Lion_, and it’s another BatB transformation sort of story (shepherdess finds an injured lion, braves helping him, learns he’s a prince, goes through a quest of increasingly difficult tasks to save him).
Now I shall put on my Predictable Hat. :)