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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories
     

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories

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by James Finn Garner
 

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In a collection guaranteed to provoke both laughter and thought, 14 timeless fairy tales are revisited and reworked to become relevant fables for more modern times. These hilarious adaptations satirize and sanitize the sexist, racist, nationalist, ageist, sizeist, ethnocentrist, and phallocentrist biases of classic bedtime stories. Familiar exploits of beloved

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In a collection guaranteed to provoke both laughter and thought, 14 timeless fairy tales are revisited and reworked to become relevant fables for more modern times. These hilarious adaptations satirize and sanitize the sexist, racist, nationalist, ageist, sizeist, ethnocentrist, and phallocentrist biases of classic bedtime stories. Familiar exploits of beloved characters are related from a respectful, prejudice-free perspective: the Emperor is no longer naked in his new clothes but “is endorsing a clothing-optional lifestyle,” Snow White escapes to the cottage of “seven vertically-challenged men,” and Goldilocks is an ambitious scientist studying anthropomorphic bears. With a redesigned jacket and a previously unpublished story, this expanded edition is sure to appeal to readers of multiple generations who find political correctness is as topical as ever.

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"It's hilarious!"  —Bill Clinton, on previous edition

"Classic fairy tales updated for the twenty first century. . . . Filled with plenty of chuckleworthy humor for kids and adults." —www.MidwestBookReview.com

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this thin book Garner proposes to create ``meaningful literature that is totally free from bias and purged from the influence of its flawed cultural past.'' The results are extremely funny. Updated to account for modern political sensibilities, these revisionist folktales reflect wit and an engaging knack for irony. In ``Little Red Riding Hood,'' Grandma exacts her feminist revenge on the woodchopper, who ``assumes that womyn and wolves can't solve their own problems without a man's help.'' In ``The Frog Prince,'' the princess, now an ``eco-feminist warrior,'' discovers that her dream frog is not a prince, but a real-estate developer. In other tales, Rapunzel becomes a self-reliant coffee-house singer and the Three Little Pigs armed guerrillas, while cultural imperialists such as The Big Bad Wolf and Goldilocks get what has been coming to them for centuries. The author strikes just the right tone here: clever, with more than a touch of self-awareness. And while each of these tales is short and easily digestible, in this case quickly read does not equal quickly forgotten. After one finishes this collection, ``happily ever after'' will never seem quite the same. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780285640412
Publisher:
Souvenir Press
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Edition description:
Second Edition, Second edition
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
51,273
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

James Finn Garner is a writer and broadcaster with a background in improvisational comedy. He is the author of several books including Apocalypse Wow, Once Upon a More Enlightened Time, Politically Correct Holiday Stories, and Recut Madness. He lives in Chicago.

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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is really good deserves more then five starz
Scout58 More than 1 year ago
I got exactly what I was looking for - stories that were familiar but fixed to fit the way some folk think today. Great stuff
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few were really fun, at the worst still chuckled at the language. A short read to help me make it to 100 Books in a Year (my sister's idea) without all of them being novels you can use as a doorstop.
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