Politically Correct Bedtime StoriesHardback
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- Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 112 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 176mm x 18mm | 181g
- Publication date: 1 April 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0285640410
- ISBN 13: 9780285640412
- Edition: 2
- Edition statement: Expanded
- Sales rank: 17,734
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 With a redesigned jacket and a previously unpublished story, this expanded edition is sure to appeal to readers of multiple generations who find political correctness is as topical as ever.
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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.
""It's hilarious!" --Bill Clinton, on previous edition"
Back cover copy
Once upon a time, in the olden days, heavy-set middle-aged men would congregate in their elitist clubs, sit in over-stuffed leather chairs, smoke air-choking cigars, and pitch story ideas and plots to each other. Problem was, these stories, many of which found their way into the general social consciousness, reflected the way in which these men lived and saw their world: that is, the stories were sexist, discriminatory, unfair, culturally biased, and in general, demeaning to witches, animals, goblins, and fairies everywhere. Finally, after centuries of these abusive tales, which have been handed down - unknowingly - from one male-biased generation to the next, James Finn Garner has taken it upon himself (that's right, yet another man) to enlighten and liberate these classic bedtime stories and retell them in a way that is much more in keeping with the society in which we live today. Politically Correct Bedtime Stores, then is the fruit of Garner's labors. We'd like to think that future generations of fairy-tale fans will see this as a worthy attempt to develop meaningful literature that is totally free from bias and purged from the influences of a flawed cultural past.