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A branch off the SomethingCompletelyDifferent tree, in which in the characters are cast into a "storybook land" in which there are [[HeroicFantasy chivalrous knights]], [[DistressedDamsel beautiful maidens]] and, of course, dragons.

Such archetypes will be applied [[AndYouWereThere to each of the lead characters, their current situations and relationships]] in order to draw on [[FairytaleMotifs familiar archetypes]], but also to suggest a Happily Ever After Ending.

Note that these "Storybook" settings are incredibly generic. They are not adaptations of any previous material, just TheThemeParkVersion of fables and chivalry. If it is a straight adaptation of a specific fairy tale, then it falls under WholePlotReference. If it is a parody or subverted version of a popular story, it's a FracturedFairyTale.

[[AllJustADream May or may not be a dream]], as one character is often narrating. See also TrappedInTVLand.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The Elseworld Story ''{{Superman}}: Kal''
* ''ThePowerpuffGirls'': "Bedcrime Story" (issue #17) had the girls interpreting the story of Little Red Riding Hood in their own individual perspectives.
* In ''[[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Uncanny X-Men]]'' #153, "Kitty's Fairy-Tale", Kitty tells Illyana a bedtime story in which the X-Men are fantasy characters. The concept was re-used in the [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} '90s cartoon]] with Jubilee.
* The NewMutants graphic novels "Rahne of Terra" and "Knight of Terra" feature a fantasy alternate universe in which Rahne is a princess and the other characters are knights and mages.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The first fantasy segment in [[Film/BedtimeStories Bedtime Stories]] was along these lines.

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[[folder: Light Novel ]]

* One [[ShowWithinAShow Short Story Within A Short Story]] in the ''Literature/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novels takes this form after Haruhi asks Mikuru to write a fairy tale complete with illustrations for the Literature Club's magazine. The illustrations are all SuperDeformed depictions of the SOS Brigade members ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Tsuruya-san]]) as storybook characters such as Literature/SnowWhite (Haruhi) and the seven dwarfs (''[[MesACrowd all]]'' [[MesACrowd Yuki]]), [[Literature/TheLittleMermaid a mermaid]] (Mikuru), and [[PrinceCharming a prince]] (Kyon).

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' has an episode which takes place largely in Alex's magical SecretDiary. Shedding her typical "tough-girl" image, the diary is filled with knights and, whenever she transports herself into it, she turns into a princess.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': "My Princess", which consists of Dr. Cox relaying his day at the hospital to his son [[WriteWhatYouKnow in the form of a fairytale]] as a bedtime story. Elliot is the princess, [[SickeninglySweethearts Turk and Carla]] are a two-headed witch, JD is the village idiot, Cox is the [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue brave, attractive knight]], and Kelso is the villain (either a demon or TheDevil). The princess' handmaiden is being attacked by a monster, and the only way to save her is to retrieve a ring from the forbidden forest being guarded by the villain. (Elliot's patient is dying and needs to be diagnosed [[RaceAgainstTheClock as quickly as possible, while Kelso is trying to prevent potential lawsuits by preventing the doctors from working overtime]]). The story itself had a happy ending (the girl was saved in time), but in reality, the diagnosis [[YouAreTooLate was made too late]], so she was unable to be saved.
* ''Series/MacGyver'': "Good Knight [=MacGyver=]".
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': "John Quixote".
* ''TheCosbyShow'' had an episode where it was Rudy's fairy tale story, with all the actors as characters (in costumes that looked as if they were drawn with crayon).
* ''TheMonkees'': "Fairy Tale"
* ''Andy Richter Controls the Universe'': "Final Fantasy"
* ''{{Fringe}}'': Excellently done in "Brown Betty" where Walter tells young Ella a story. Instead of a generic fantasy tale, he casts her aunt Olivia as the heroine of a film Noir mystery full of SchizoTech, in which characters (and corpses) [[MusicalEpisode break out in song]].
* ''MarriedWithChildren'' did a "pirates" episode, complete with David Garrison making a return as the bad guy.
* ''ILoveLucy'' did it first.
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' does this in [[spoiler:"The Girl Who Was Death"]] (though the frame doesn't get revealed until the end of the episode).
* The game show ''Hollywood Squares'' did a week as ''Storybook Squares'' with the celebrities as storybook characters.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The SonicStorybookSeries is a video game take on this, transporting Sonic to the Literature/ArabianNights and [[KingArthur Camelot]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'': "Jubilee's Fairytale Theater"
* ''FairlyOddparents'': "Timmy the Barbarian".
* ''SamuraiJack'': Aku reads some fairy tales to children with Jack as the villain of each one.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}: Bender's Game''.
* ''TheBackyardigans'': "Knights are Brave and Strong", "A Giant Problem", "Tale of the Mighty Knights" and "Escape from Fairy Tale Village".
* ''TomGoesToTheMayor'': "Rat's Off to Ya!" (incidentally doubles as the ChristmasEpisode)
* There's a fantasy Fairy Tale-ish land in the Ghost Zone of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', complete with knights (what Danny is anyways), princesses, and dragons--not to mention a DamselInDistress plot (though subverted). The only problem is that it isn't happy, thanks to a [[FisherKing certain]] EvilPrince.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': Dexter tries to read his sick sister a story, but she quickly got bored when he's just reading a science textbook. Deedee takes it and reads it for herself, changing the story to ''Deedee Locks and the Ness Monster'', making all sorts of plot holes from various other fairy tales (such as the three pigs made entirely of straw, sticks, and bricks, and a Napoleon-esque wolf that is small in stature but big in ego)
* ''RockosModernLife'': "Yarn Benders"
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': "Woodland Critter Christmas". Its twistedness is no surpriseŚnot just because it's ''South Park'', but because [[spoiler:it's Cartman telling the story.]]
* ''PhineasAndFerb'': "Excaliferb"
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