I’ll have to write a post on fairy tales, “first steps in imagination” or something thereabouts, but for now I’m going to assume that those who wish to read more fiction, or start a habit of reading fiction, have all read their fairy tales. (You know, all 466 ((give or take)) tales in those "colored" fairy books of Andrew Lang's, and that's just to get started).
I love considering the idea that J. R. R. Tolkien’s Smith of Wootton Major is some kind of wonderful introduction to Fairy Land, a beginner’s guide to the kind of surroundings to expect and people one might meet. The idea occurred to me a few years ago when I had reread the little book and proceeded to George MacDonald’s Phantastes. The two books complemented each other so well I decided to see if I could flesh out some sort of guide:
The Fairy Land Curriculum
A progressive primer from novice to sage.
...or something along those lines. As already mentioned, I think those with a background in fairytales would be the best equipped for the content and so would benefit the most.