Photos by Mariam Hovuni
She is certain that the profession of a journalist doesn’t give any helpful vitamins to fairy tales. Instead, it helps when preparing articles and when writing the scripts for several commercial and wedding films.
And so, Eritasard.am’s interlocutor is Anush Margaryan.
“When I picked up the pen, I was a greenhorn that had just learned the alphabet. I would write poems about a broken heart, the sunset and nature with the handwriting of an adult. I would emblaze the poems with determinants heavier than them, turn them into a Christmas tree that everyone would like and, for some reason, appear on the walls of my schools and then in the “Khatutik” newspaper.”
“And when I wrote my first fairy tale, I realized that the task of a writer, much less of a fairy tale writer is to wipe away emblazing determinants, and out of all the genres, the closest to my heart is the fairy tale because in order to write a fairy tale, you have to be a child inside so that you can be equal to the perfection of a child’s mind with at least your creativity, imagine with the mastery that is characteristic of the child and shape the content with the naïve language of the child. I wrote my first fairy tale in 2011 and printed it in the “Arevner” (Suns) magazine.”
“There is no phoniness in the fairy tale of Anush Margaryan because children can feel it. Even when I create words, I check if the given word is useful for children. By the way, I have my personal test.”
“The heroes in my fairy tale have a nice habit of turning sadness upside down. One day, the Button and the Soap became so sad that they started constantly tumbling. The Button became a sweet-smelling Button, while the Soap turned into a Soap with two large hollows whose eyes no longer burned when washed. When the watch became sad, I immediately turned it around, and people started getting smaller instead of getting older.”
“When I finished the fairy tale, I realized that I had a “bouquet” of fairy tales. I have come a long way with my heroes. We have gotten mad at each other and then reconciled for one year. I have wandered the orangey planet with the Ampenik (Little Cloud) pouring pastries, become friends with the stubborn dwarf, taken care of the meadows of the sun and broken the bad sides of an evil hero with pleasure and kindness.”
“Now my goal is to modify and implement it with a director, and recently, taking my friends’ advice, I am thinking about publishing it in a book. In addition, I have created an instructional project for therapy through fairy tales, applying methodical tricks that will allow enhancing children’s imagination, eliminating fears, stubbornness and peeing at night through games and puzzles. After becoming familiar with the traits and preferences of the given child, I will write a fairy tale about him or her. To leave a figurative impression, the book is printed with illustrations of his or her photos. In addition, I am also working on the script for an animated film for the international market and, if I succeed, it will be ongoing.”
“Every time I write a fairy tale, I have trouble giving life to an evil character because I pick my heroes by looking at myself. I am compelled to live in a nutshell for a couple of days so that I can find the lazy and sluggish evil that is hiding. Living in a nutshell is like playing football without a ball. There is no ball, but you can feel it with touches. This is an imaginary trip during which I recently invented the most evil hero of my fairy tales, the Gortnuk-Vordnuk (Froggy-Little Worm) who is egoist and doesn’t see anything besides itself due to the large froggy on its nose. And besides the fact that it is very sly, it fools everyone and puts a worm on its head.”
“As for traits, I give my characters that which is the kindest and the brightest and also a wonderful stick. I don’t forget to grant them wonders so that they can keep up with the pace of children of the 21st century.”
“After living in the fairy tales, I have trouble returning to daily life where people are alienated, lonely and empty. There are also moments of outbreak when I have wanted to get away from it all, but then I take my paints and paint a colorful planet in the empty universe, and that is my fairy tale…”