Life Is Not a Fairy Tale

Life Is Not a Fairy Tale

Life Is Not a Fairy Tale is a book describing the life of American Idol (season 3) winner, Fantasia Barrino, and her rise to national prominence. The book later became a television movie shown on Lifetime.


Life Is Not a Fairy Tale by Fantasia

In her autobiography, Fantasia tells of her rise from high school dropout to music star in the New York Times bestseller, "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale."

As an American Idol contestant, Fantasia captured the hearts of millions with her extraordinary voice and sassy style, with those qualities she won the talent contest and became a nationally prominent singer. But her life began much more humbly. At the age of seventeen, despite her remarkable talent, Fantasia was an uneducated, unmarried teenage mother living in poverty. She was faced with many tough battles growing up in the city of High Point, North Carolina which was mainly famous for its booming furniture production. She shows respect and admiration to the strong women who raised her, her mother and grandmother, both preachers who instilled in her a strong faith in God. Both women struggled with the same issues as Fantasia at a young age which made Fantasia realize that she would only be headed down the same dead end path if she didn't make a change for the better.


The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale

*Director: Debbie Allen
*Year: 2006
*Encore Air Date(s): Check local listings.
*Genre: Inspiring
*Starring: Fantasia Barrino (as herself), Loretta Devine (as Fantasia's Grandmother), Kadeem Hardison (as Fantasia's Father), Viola Davis (as Fantasia's Mother) and Jamia Simone Nash (as a young Fantasia)
*Songs (sung by Fantasia): "Summertime", "Chain of Fools", "Pass Me Not" and "God Bless The Child"

In this Lifetime Original Movie, Director Debbie Allen gives viewers a first hand look at the struggles Fantasia faced before her rise to fame. The movie begins with Fantasia's humble beginnings, growing up in a close knit God-fearing family that faced its own personal demons of struggling with their dreams. Fantasia faces problems with her self esteem, sexual abuse, teen pregnancy and her faith as she fights to overcome her mistakes at a young age. This movie depicted from her best selling Biopic of the same name, provides an emotional heart warming example of what you can achieve when believing in yourself.

The movie premiered on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at 9:00 PM. It was Lifetime's second most watched movie in its twenty-two year history, with more than nineteen million viewers tuning in during the August 19-20 weekend to watch. The movie was ranked the number one basic cable movie premiere in 2006 among women aged 18-49. Weekend online traffic to rose by more than seventy percent during that weekend. []

In 2007, the movie and its actors including Fantasia, Loretta Devine and Kadeem Hardison were nominated for 4 NAACP Image Awards. Kadeem Hardison won his award. The Movie was also nominated for a 2007 Teen Choice Award in the category of "Outstanding TV Movie".

External links

* [ Lifetime TV LINAFT Movie Page]
* [ Official LINAFT page]


* [ Excerpt: "Life is Not a Fairy Tale", by Fantasia]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Fairy tale — For a comparison of fairy tale with other kinds of stories, such as myths, legends and fables, see Traditional stories. For other uses, see Fairy tale (disambiguation). Not to be confused with Fairy Tail …   Wikipedia

  • Fairy Tale Forest — The Fairy Tale Forest (Sprookjesbos in Dutch) is a 15 acre (61,000 m2) wooded section of the amusement park Efteling in the Netherlands, where a number of well known fairy tales and fairy tale figures are depicted by animated statues and… …   Wikipedia

  • The Water of Life (Spanish fairy tale) — The Water of Life is a Catalan fairy tale collected by D. Francisco de S. Maspous y Labros, in Cuentos Populars Catalans . Andrew Lang included it in The Pink Fairy Book . [Andrew Lang, The Pink Fairy Book ,… …   Wikipedia

  • The Water of Life (German fairy tale) — The Water of Life ( de. Das Wasser des Lebens) is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, tale number 97. [Jacob and Wilheim Grimm, Household Tales , [ The Water of… …   Wikipedia

  • Prunella (fairy tale) — Prunella is an Italian fairy tale. Andrew Lang included it The Grey Fairy Book . [Andrew Lang, The Grey Fairy Book , [ Prunella ] ] It is Aarne Thompson type 310, the Maiden in the… …   Wikipedia

  • The Red Shoes (fairy tale) — Infobox Book | name = The Red Shoes title orig = De røde sko translator = image caption = Illustration by Vilhelm Pedersen author = Hans Christian Andersen country = Denmark language = Danish series = genre = Fairy tale published in = Nye Eventyr …   Wikipedia

  • The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby — is a children s novel by the Reverend Charles Kingsley. Written in 1862 1863 as a serial for Macmillan s Magazine, it was first published in its entirety in 1863. The book was extremely popular during its day, and was a mainstay of children s… …   Wikipedia

  • The Raven (Italian fairy tale) — The Raven is an Italian literary fairy tale written by Giambattista Basile in his 1634 work, the Pentamerone . [ Giambattista Basile, Pentamerone , [ The Raven] ] The story is a man… …   Wikipedia

  • The Blue Mountains (fairy tale) — The Blue Mountains is a fairy tale. Andrew Lang included it in The Yellow Fairy Book , but provided no bibliographical information. [Andrew Lang, The Yellow Fairy Book , [ The Blue Mountains ] ]… …   Wikipedia

  • The Witch (fairy tale) — The Witch is a Russian fairy tale. Andrew Lang included it in The Yellow Fairy Book .A version of the tale, under the title The Twins and the Snarling Witch , appears in A Book of Witches , by Ruth Manning Sanders.ynopsisA poor widower with twin… …   Wikipedia