“Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” -Neil Gaiman, paraphrasing G.K. Chesterton
Our favorite fairy tale reteller, Neil Gaiman, doesn’t think fairy tales are just for kids. His latest work, The Sleeper and the Spindle, is a retelling of the tales of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell. Read on and then share some of Neil’s famous quotes about fairy tales!
“I want people to imagine. I think that your imagination is the most important tool that you possess.”
“The point about Snow White is that you can keep fighting. The point about Snow White is that even when those who are meant to love you put you in an intolerable situation, you can run away, you can make friends, you can cope. And that message – that even when all is at its darkest, you can think your way out of trouble – is huge.”
“You don’t need princes to save you. I don’t have a lot of patience for stories in which women are rescued by men.”
“I like stories where women save themselves.”
YES. YES. YES.
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