CW: Suicide, transphobia
Title: Snow White & the Seven Angels
Series: Queerky Tales
Author: Rhys Christopher Ethan
Illustrator: Ethereal Ealain
Date Added: August 23, 2017
Date Started: November 7, 2018
Date Finished: November 9, 2018
Reading Duration: 2 days
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Romance, LGBTQ+, Short Story
Publication Date: April 28, 2012
The classic tales you know, the characters with secrets you don’t
White has a secret. One he has shared with his family to no avail. When he meets the Prince of his dreams, he decides he can no longer live a lie, but in order to do so, he will have to face his worst nightmares.
Queerky Tales is a series of classic fairy tales retold with LGBT characters. Snow White & the Seven Angels is about fighting for your happy-ever-after, whatever shape it comes in.
For children and adults alike.
Snow White is one of the most popular fairytales for revamping possibly because it contains so many of the tropes and motifs we’re familiar with: the evil mother/matron, the maiden lost in the woods, the forbidden fruit, the magical/lucky number seven, and some I might be forgetting. Ethan’s version adds an aspect I think is even more vital since the titular character is trans, and he (the author) dedicated it to Leelah Alcorn, a trans teenager who committed suicide due to lack of familial support, leaving behind a heartbreaking note asking for something to change so people like her would actually want to live in this world. To this day (so far as we know) her family continues to deadname and misgender her, taking zero responsibility for what they drove her to do and it’s disgusting.
In this story Snow is assisted by seven angels instead of the original’s dwarfs, and she almost needs even more help than heaven can provide since her evil matron figure Skylar, while not trying to physically kill her, is still doing everything possible to make her want to die (another reason why the dedication is grievously accurate).
The story has some definite editing issues, but the content is too important to brush off for that reason alone. I wonder if that and transphobia are the reasons it has a less then four star rating on Goodreads. I glanced over a review of the second story in the series The Little Mermaid & Dry Lands, and the one that stood out was someone saying she thought it would’ve been a good story to read to her granddaughter, but she was wrong? Why? If it’s anything like the first novel, I don’t see any reason it couldn’t be read to a child. In fact I think children need to be read stories like this. I initially noted that this was an important story for any trans person, but especially trans girls, to read, but now I believe it’s far more important for cis people to do so. Trans girls and trans women already know this story because many of them have lived it. It’s the people who haven’t that need to understand.
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A fresh, wonderful rendition of the classic children story. Unexpectedly sweet, it took me back to my childhood.
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