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Gender Swapped Fairy Tales

Gender Swapped Fairy Tales

ISBN
9780571360185
Published
05/11/2020
9780571360185
Format
Hardback
Price
£20.00
Paperback
208

About the Book

Discover a collection of fairy tales unlike the ones you've read before . . .

Once upon a time, in the middle of winter, a King sat at a window and sewed. As he sewed and gazed out onto the landscape, he pricked his finger with the needle, and three drops of blood fell onto the snow outside.

People have been telling fairy tales to their children for hundreds of years. And for almost as long, people have been rewriting those fairy tales – to help their children imagine a world where they are the heroes. Karrie and Jon were reading their child these stories when they hit upon a dilemma, something previous versions of these stories were missing, and so they decided to make one vital change . . .

They haven’t rewritten the stories in this book. They haven’t reimagined endings, or reinvented characters. What they have done is switch all the genders.

It might not sound like that much of a change, but you’ll be dazzled by the world this swap creates – and amazed by the new characters you’re about to discover.

Discover a collection of fairy tales unlike the ones you've read before . . . Once upon a time, in the middle of winter, a King sat at a window and sewed. As he sewed and gazed out onto the landscape, he pricked his finger with the needle, and three drops of blood fell onto the snow outside.People have been telling fairy tales to their children for hundreds of years. And for almost as long, people have been rewriting those fairy tales – to help their children imagine a world where they are the heroes. Karrie and Jon were reading their child these stories when they hit upon a dilemma, something previous versions of these stories were missing, and so they decided to make one vital change . . . They haven’t rewritten the stories in this book. They haven’t reimagined endings, or reinvented characters. What they have done is switch all the genders. It might not sound like that much of a change, but you’ll be dazzled by the world this swap creates – and amazed by the new characters you’re about to discover.
  • Karrie Fransman

    Karrie Fransman writes and draws visual stories and comics that have been published in The Guardian, The Times, The BBC, Time Out, The Telegraph, The New Statesman, The Young Vic, Psychologies, The Arts Council and The Goethe Institute. She published two graphic novels with Penguin Random House: The House That Groaned and the award winning Death of the Artist. She developed an award winning comic about a teenage refugee, for The British Red Cross, created a 2 storey installation for Southbank Centre and was commissioned to make a ‘Selves Portrait’ for an exhibition with Manchester Art Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. You can see more of her work at karriefransman.com.

  • Jonathan Plackett

    Jonathan Plackett is a creative technologist, advertiser copywriter and art director who has 10 years worth of experience engaging mass audiences with his creative websites and apps. He has worked for 14 years as a senior creative advertiser on brands such as Orange, Tesco, Nike, Honda and Innocent. He single-handedly created Face Juggler, the world’s first automatic face swap iPhone app, downloaded 5 million times. In 2010 he made the website 'Slap Nick Griffin' which registered over 25 million slaps in 4 days, followed by 'Slapometer', which allowed voters to register their disdain for the general election candidates by slapping their least favourite. Candidates received 91 million slaps and the site was praised by The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Telegraph, Channel 4 and ITN. He created the 'Draw and Fold Over' website for The Campaign for Drawing, allowing friends to play 'exquisite corpse' together online. Over 400,000 visitors have played.

“Plainly, the core audience is the malleable young mind . . . But more fascinating – particularly if your children are too old and cynical for such an enterprise – is to read it yourself for what jars, what surprises, what seems implausible, what repels.”
- Zoe Williams, Guardian
“It’s one thing to know that misogynistic stereotypes exist, another to peer into the machine that creates them . . . The illustrations also back up the aim of the book by disrupting stereotypes . . . an important reminder that the way we tell stories matters.”
- Independent