- Book Title: Snow White & the Seven Angels
- Collection: Queerky Tales
- Author: Rhys Christopher Ethan
- Publisher: SelfPub (April 24, 2015)
- Book Length: 54 pages
- Genre: LGBT Fairy Tale Retelling
- Reviewed by: Diane
- Posting Date: December 11, 2015
Snow White and the Seven Angels is a reimagining of the classic fairy story, ala the Disney version, with the protagonist a young man who identifies as gender female. There’s the fairy godmother, the self-absorbed mother with a youth fixation, and seven enablers and wish-granters. And a hunky prince lurking in the background.
So far so good.
From a child’s perspective, this is a familiar tale told simply, but with enough twists on the standard plot to catch a child’s attention, bringing home the point of gender bias in a gentle, easily understood way.
From an adult perspective, it’s a simple tale… with only a passing acknowledgement of the rules of grammar and some strange word usage that had me scratching my head. I can see reading this to your child, but it’s not a good example of a well-written story from a grammar perspective. Hashtag teacher migraine.
What I also took issue with was a lost opportunity to change up the old trope of the girl needing a guy to “save” her, or to enable her, to fulfill her… seven times over, with the Prince as the cherry on top (no pun intended). Hashtag feminist intrusion in classic tale of female submission to male hegemony.
I rate this suitable to read to a child who seems gender fluid. It offers up some good talking points about gender bias and role models but falls far short of what today’s young people need to understand—it takes far more than wearing a frilly dress to function as an empowered woman in today’s society. That’s the message I’d liked to have seen, not same old same old in a basically binary system. 3.5*
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