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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories

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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 ...

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Overview

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 With a redesigned jacket and a previously unpublished story, this expanded edition is sure to appeal to readers of multiple generations who find political correctness is as topical as ever.

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Editorial Reviews

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.)
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The author has recast such beloved tales as "Little Red Riding Hood," & "Snow White" into new forms, totally free from bias & purged from the influences of a flawed cultural past. The bestselling results will leave readers howling!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780285640412
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 136,980
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction
Little Red Riding Hood 1
The Emperor's New Clothes 5
The Three Little Pigs 9
Rumpelstiltskin 13
The Three Codependent Goats Gruff 17
Rapunzel 23
Cinderella 31
Goldilocks 39
Snow White 43
Chicken Little 57
The Frog Prince 63
Jack and the Beanstalk 67
The Pied Piper of Hamelin 73
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    LOVE

    It is really good deserves more then five starz

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    Witty, sharp, engaging

    I got exactly what I was looking for - stories that were familiar but fixed to fit the way some folk think today. Great stuff

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Funny and quick

    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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