Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett | 'We’re trying to break the binary'

Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett | 'We’re trying to break the binary'

Ever wished that the giant-killers in fairytales could be girls? Or that the princes were left back at the palace simpering, while their sisters rode out to thrash through hundred-foot-high thorn hedges? Well, with Gender Swapped Fairy Tales by Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett, your wish can be granted. For in these versions of 12 traditional stories, kings prick their fingers as they sew, beasts and wolves are female, and Cinder goes to the ball courtesy of his fairy godfather.

Thanks to the late, great Babette Cole’s Princess Smartypants and the like, kick-ass princesses are nothing...

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