Rarely do wonder tales end unhappily. They triumph over death. The tale begins with “once upon a time” or “once there was” and never really ends when it ends. The ending is actually the true beginning. The once upon a time is not a past designation but futuristic: the timelessness of the tale and lack of geographical specificity endow it with utopian connotations - utopia in its origin meaning designated “no place”, a place that no one had ever envisaged. We form and keep the utopian kernel of the tale safe in our imaginations with hope. {50}

Jack Zipes
When Dreams Came True