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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Modern Tales for Our Life & Times (1995)

by James Finn Garner

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Series: Politically Correct Stories (Bedtime 1)

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A humorous retelling of classic bedtime stories, such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs, re-written to free them, according to the author, from the influences of "a flawed cultural past."
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I originally read this collection when I was a kid - it seemed to go hand in hand with the surge in popularity during the 1990s for modernized fairytales, and I read all of them that I could get my hands on - and it still holds up to re-reading it 20-odd years later. Political correctness never goes out of style (or in some cases, mocking political correctness, as this collection sometimes seems to), and it's always nice to see stereotypes turned upon their heads. The bears turning on Goldilocks is one of the most memorable moments from the collection, but I think the story that made me laugh the most is when the Emperor (of invisible clothes fame) manages to turn his kingdom into a clothing-optional society. Take that, dress codes! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
This was an amusing little book, taking fairy tales and casting them in politically correct terms. I even used one of the stories in one of my English classes. The textbook had a unit of Cinderella story versions, and I added this in to the mix. Reaction was mixed from amusing to offensive. But it did lend itself well enough for some discussion in class back then. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
Eh. It felt like the author created a PC feminist strawman and then wrote this book for it. ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
I did not realize that the stories we read and loved for so long were flawed in so many aspects until I read this book. It's pure genius, hilarious, revolutionary and yes , absolutely politically correct! ( )
  manogna_thumukunta | Jun 4, 2020 |
Probably would have found this much more amusing when it was written, when I was younger. The satire is well-done enough, but political correctness was always too correct to be funny. ( )
  cwcoxjr | Sep 5, 2019 |
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To the Theater of the Bizarre,
including Pepe, Armando, Egon, Ted, Matteo, Nick, and Julietta; James Ghelkins, Jr, and Willie, Smitty, and Jocko
of the Teamsters Children's Puppet Theater;

and Others too numerous to mention.

To Carol, for help and encouragement,
and to Lies, for everything.
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When they were first written, the stories on which the following tales are based certainly served their purpose - to entrench the patriarchy, to estrange people from their own natural impulses, to demonize "evil" and to "reward" an "objective" "good."
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A humorous retelling of classic bedtime stories, such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs, re-written to free them, according to the author, from the influences of "a flawed cultural past."

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