The album can be considered in three sections. The first five tracks deal with certain aspects of Buddhism, incorporating motifs from fairy tales especially Cinderella. The next three are radio-friendly pop songs. The next two, "Farewell Firefly" and "Book of Laughter and Forgetting", are somewhat more complex musically; they are sung in Mandarin, and are followed by alternate versions in Cantonese, "Firefly" and "Love Letters to Myself".
The first five songs form a song cycle and were composed by Faye Wong herself, marking her further development as a songwriter. Three of them featured as the final segment of every performance in Wong's 2010–2012 Comeback Tour.
All the lyrics on the album are by Lin Xi, and tracks 1–5 were produced by Zhang Yadong, both of whom were regularly collaborating with Wong during this period of her career.Alvin Leong produced tracks 6–12.
Media interest focussed on the song "Love Letters to Myself", which was taken to refer to Wong's affair with Nicholas Tse who never sent her love letters.
^Stan Jeffries, Encyclopedia of world pop music, 1980–2001, 2003, p225. "Her album Fable, released in October, began to focus on Wong's faith, as the first part of the album centred on the teachings of Buddhism. In 2001, Wong, now enthralled by the Buddhist faith, began to focus on the Japanese market and in April appeared on the front cover of Frau magazine. By the summer she was singing "Separate Ways," the theme song to the popular Japanese TV drama Usokoi, and in October she performed live in the country for the first time. In the following month she was named Artist of the Month on MTVChina. She also released the "Buddhist" single in Hong Kong. In November a double release, Loving, Kindness and Wisdom, highlighted Wong's devotion to her newfound faith, as the first part of the album featured Buddhist chants. Later in November a "best of" album was released."
^Shane Homan Access All Eras: Tribute Bands and Global Pop Culture −2006 p224 "... almost exclusively on contributions from Hong Kong-, Beijing- and Singapore-based composers along with her own compositions on Sing and Play (1998), Only Love Strangers (1999), Fable (2000), Faye Wong (2001) and To Love (2003)."
^CMJ New Music Report – 2001 12 31p 44 "FAYE WONG Fable"