Are there any fairy tales that have good adoptive (or step) parents? I can’t think of a single one.
The best I can do is works that subvert the traditional fairy tale… immediately springing to mind are Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle and Tanith Lee’s story “Red as Blood.” Are there others?
I guess there are also a good number of myths that involve people or gods taking care of children who are not their biological children. In Welsh myth, Gwydion brings up Arianrhod’s child Lleu Llaw Gyffes (although honestly I always kind of thought Gwydion was involved in his conception), and there are some Greek myths, e.g., Hephaestus getting kicked out of Olympus by his parents and getting brought up by Thetis. Are there others you can think of?
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