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Episode 11: Happily Ever After

In this fairy tale inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we joined by romance novelist Renee Dahlia as we discuss how fairy tale tropes can be translated across into fiction.

We explore how fairy tale retellings are used in modern stories, which fairy tales are most popular, the connection between fairy tales and romance, and how marginalised authors can use them to leverage their stories for a wider audience.

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

“Just as there are more fairy tales than Cinderella, there is more diversity in romance. Using familiar fairy tale tropes acts as both a mirror and a window.”

Renee Dahlia, romance author

Guest Host:

Renee Dahlia – Author


  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:40 – Why fairy tales?
  • 7:48 – What is a fairy tale?
  • 18:45 – Fairy tales and Romance
  • 41:07 – Fairy tales in other media
  • 59.08 – Accessibility of fairy tales
  • 1:18:58 – Wrap up
  • 1:24:01 – Outro

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Digital artwork using fairy tale
‘Women’s Stories’ artwork by Philippa/Synaesthezia Designs, quote from ‘Women’s Stories’ by Jane Yolen. Quote used with permission of the author.
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