Neil Gaiman: Disney’s Sleeping Beauty doesn’t work

by Rachel Baker on November 22, 2014

Neil Gaiman has a new fairy tale coming out called The Sleeper adn the Spindle. Apparently, its a mashup of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White…and that’s very cool.

Here’s an interview with Gaby Wood at the Telegraph about why Disney’s version of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale doesn’t really work for him.

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Neil Gaiman: Why Disney’s Sleeping Beauty doesn’t work.

“You don’t need princes to save you,” says Neil Gaiman, speaking about his new fairy tale, The Sleeper and the Spindle. “I don’t have a lot of patience for stories in which women are rescued by men.” And so, in his slim, gilded, wicked book, a beautiful young queen calls off her own wedding and sets out to save a neighbouring kingdom from its plague of sleep.

The brilliance of Gaiman’s story – which is spellbindingly illustrated by Chris Riddell – lies in the elements he has chosen for his mash–up.

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