Personally, I love them! I have enjoyed the idea ever since I first saw Ever After – A Cinderella Story way back in 1998. Since then, there has been a bit of a reimagining explosion. I have watched Once Upon a Time since the beginning and am still a huge fan of the show. There are some less than awesome episodes where it feels a bit like they’re flailing to get to the next thing but there are also moments like these:
For those unfamiliar with the show, that’s Snow White and the Evil Queen having a heart to heart about why the Evil Queen’s mother gave up her sister who has turned out to be the Wicked Witch of the West. Yep. They have some fun with it. They took a great BA turn on Snow White that makes a lot more sense to me than the old stories. This is my favorite Snow. They also have a great way of turning the lesson into that people are just people. With this kind of a premise, there can be totally redeeming moments for villains, horrible actions done by heroes and a winding path to full redemption, which some villains eventually find. In the word’s of Chris Colfer’s Evil Queen:
A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.
Speaking of Chris Colfer and his Evil Queen, it was his book that inspired this post. It is my most recent fiction and I have been enjoying it. Here’s the cover of the first, and yes it links back to where you can buy it on Amazon. There are four books in the series and an extra one that is just call “A Tale of the Land of Stories” so it isn’t part of the series revolving around the twins, Alex and Connor.
But he’s not the only one to write a reimagining and I have several others that I plan to read (or listen to) one day. This is one of my favorite genres, so if you have any recommendations please bring them on! Here are the others I want to get:
So what is feminist about these reimaginings? Well, most of them bring more dimensions to the characters, both the men and women, making them complex. To me, there’s nothing more feminist, then making characters who are whole people and all have moments of heroism, villainy, cowardice, bravery, strength, weakness and their own versions of oppressive intersections.
Have you read any of these? What do you think of the genre?