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Gender Swapped Fairy Tales

authors: Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett (2020)
date read: 18 May 2021
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I enjoyed this both for the gender shenanigans, and for reading an older version of some of the fairy tales I’m used to.

The text differences are much lighter touch than I was expecting – it’s apparently a sophisticated find and replace, but with no more editorialising than that. Any imbalances are lifted directly from the original text.

The hardback version has gorgeous illustrations, and feels like a proper book of fairy tales. It’s a book with presence and heft.

I first heard of this book in a tweet from @Foyles, linking to a blog post The origins of Gender Swapped Fairy Tales

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