The literary fairy tale came into fashion during the 17th century, developed by aristocratic women as a parlour game.
This, in turn, helped to maintain the oral tradition.
Fairy tales, and works derived from fairy tales, are still written today.
Because of this, the history of their development is necessarily obscure and blurred.
but it is unknown to what extent these reflect the actual folk tales even of their own time.
However, unlike legends and epics, they usually do not contain more than superficial references to religion and actual places, people, and events; they take place once upon a time rather than in actual times.
Fairy tales are found in oral and in literary form; the name "fairy tale" was first ascribed to them by Madame d'Aulnoy in the late 17th century.