- Any "elf and safety" books!
- Anything by the Brothers Grimm.
- Anything by Hans Christian Anderson.
- The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde.
- Wildlife books. The magical realm considers the animal kingdom far superior to the human one!
- Psychology books. They're determined to understand what makes humans tick. (It gives them advance warning of likely behaviour for one thing).
- The Hobbit - goes down well with the smaller magical species.
- The Lord of The Rings - goes down well with magical villains who think they've had a hard press. Their sympathy is entirely with Sauron.
- Oliver Twist - they too have a soft spot for the rags to riches story.
- Pride and Prejudice - they see this as a fairy tale for grown ups. Who is to say they are wrong? (For me real magic takes place at Pemberley - and I wasn't even thinking of the Colin Firth in the lake scene, honest!).
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.