Monday, 13 June 2022

Cinderella Didn't Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales by Anne Beall

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Book Details:
Book Title:  Cinderella Didn't Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales by Anne E. Beall
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  126 pages
GenreFeminist, Fairy Tales, Literary Criticism
Publisher:  Independent Publishing
Release date:  November 17, 2018
Content Rating:  PG + M. Some fairy tales are a bit gruesome but there is no bad language or explicit sex. 

 Book Description:

Did Cinderella live happily ever after? You might think so until you look more closely at the hidden messages in beloved fairy tales. In this book, fairy tales are analyzed in terms of the underlying messages about marriage, agency, power, suffering, and good versus evil, with a focus on how male and female characters differ in each of these areas. The analysis is a data-driven approach that provides clear evidence for the hidden messages in these beloved tales. The end conclusion is not whether fairy tales are good or bad but rather what messages they deliver about life, even if unintentionally.

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Cinderella Didn't Live Happily Ever After is an interesting survey of dozens of the famous Grimm's fairytales which looks at how these stories portray their human characters and asks what lessons we subconsciously absorb from their lessons. As classic fairytales are often the first stories young children learn, they are immensely influential in shaping our views of the world we grow into and Anne Beall asks whether this is actually a good thing or not. I was fascinated by this book. It is a fairly quick read which doesn't go into particularly deep sociological or psychological territory, but still has a lot of important ideas and revelations - the headline one being, of course, that based on the example of the majority of other fairytale queens Beall analysed, Cinderella was unlikely to have much of a 'happily ever after', at least not once her beauty faded and she stopped being a total doormat!

Another interesting point Beall raises is the antiquity of many of our most favourite stories. I remember being surprised on reading Pearls On A Branch by Najla Jraissaty Khoury, a collection of Lebanese folk tales, to see several versions of stories I had previously assumed were only Germanic in origin. It shows that fairytales are equally appreciated across the world with the same stories being used in various cultures to teach different moral lessons. As Beall herself asks, are these stories intended to influence our behaviour or to reflect how we already live? And are such old stories really still relevant for the way we live today?

Meet the Author:

A leader in the field of market research and one of the few female CEOs in the industry, Anne E. Beall is the author of 10 books in business, gender studies, and mindfulness, including Cinderella Didn’t Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales and The Psychology of Gender. Her book Heartfelt Connections was named one of the top 100 Notable Indie books in 2016 by Shelf Unbound, and she has published nearly a dozen business articles in noted journals. Her books have been featured in People Magazine, Toronto Sun, Hers Magazine, and Ms. Career Girl, and she has been interviewed by NBC, NPR, and WGN. Having received her PhD in social psychology from Yale University, Anne resides in Evanston, Illinois and is the founder of the market consultancy company Beall Research.

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Tour Schedule:

June 13 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 13 - Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
June 15 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 15 - Viviana MacKade – book review / giveaway
June 16 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
June 16 - Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
June 17 – Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review
June 17 – Kam's Place – book review
June 20 – Mostly Mystery Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 20 - A Mama's Corner of the World - book review / giveaway
June 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
June 21 - Lamon Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 22 – Novels Alive – book review / giveaway
June 22 - The Girl Who Reads – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 23 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
June 24 – Chit Chat With Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 24 - Gina Rae Mitchell - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 27 – My Fictional Oasis – book review
June 27 - Books for Books - book spotlight
June 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
June 28 - My Reading Getaway – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 29 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
June 29 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 30 – Lynchburg Reads – book review / giveaway
June 30 - Library Lady's Kid Lit – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 1 - Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
July 1 - Celticlady's Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
July 1 - Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

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