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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories (The Politically Correct Storybook Book 1) by [Garner, James Finn]
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James Finn Garner has taken 12 time-tested tales and retold them with the newfound sensitivity of our times. Here's a snippet from "Little Red Riding Hood":

The wolf said, "You know, my dear, it isn't safe for a little girl to walk through these woods alone."

Red Riding Hood said, "I find your sexist remark offensive in the extreme, but I will ignore it because of your traditional status as an outcast from society, the stress of which has caused you to develop your own, entirely valid, worldview. Now, if you'll excuse me, I must be on my way."

Leap into a fairy-tale world where trolls are "dirt-accomplished and odor-enhanced," witches are "kindness-impaired," and Cinderella wears a gown "woven of silk stolen from unsuspecting silkworms." We can only regret that Garner had to exclude "The Duckling That Was Judged on Its Personal Merits and Not on Its Physical Appearance" for space reasons.

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In this thin book Garner proposes to create "meaningful literature that is totally free from bias and purged from the influence of its flawed cultural past." The results are extremely funny. Updated to account for modern political sensibilities, these revisionist folktales reflect wit and an engaging knack for irony. In "Little Red Riding Hood," Grandma exacts her feminist revenge on the woodchopper, who "assumes that womyn and wolves can't solve their own problems without a man's help." In "The Frog Prince," the princess, now an "eco-feminist warrior," discovers that her dream frog is not a prince, but a real-estate developer. In other tales, Rapunzel becomes a self-reliant coffee-house singer and the Three Little Pigs armed guerrillas, while cultural imperialists such as The Big Bad Wolf and Goldilocks get what has been coming to them for centuries. The author strikes just the right tone here: clever, with more than a touch of self-awareness. And while each of these tales is short and easily digestible, in this case quickly read does not equal quickly forgotten. After one finishes this collection, "happily ever after" will never seem quite the same.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 217 KB
  • Print Length: 89 pages
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  • Publication Date: November 9, 2010
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BA5EV0
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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on February 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I had the pleasure of reading this one when it was first published in 1994 (now keep in mind, that was not that long ago...this is important). At the time I found the book to be hilarious. The author has taken a collection of some of our favorite bedtime stories, fairy tales, if you will, and rewritten them to make them "politically correct." Some of the stories the author has modified are Little Red Riding Hood, Chicken Little, Rumpelstiltskin, The Billy Goat Gruffs, Cinderella, The Frog Prince and Jack and the Beanstalk. There are more, but this gives you some idea of the content.

I recently reread this work. My, what a difference. While I still enjoyed the stories, I found them to be not quite as funny as I did during my first reading. I also read quite a number of the reviews that are posted here addressing this work, many of which are quite good, several drew different conclusions, and some were written by the clueless. I thought and thought on this matter, wondering why I did not snicker the same as before, then I realized....I, and apparently many others, have become completely or partially desensitized! It is not the author's fault, it is our fault and the fault (if fault it indeed is) of our society! What was simply funny in 1994, the satire used at that time, simply does not work as well today as it did then because so much of what was satirized at that time, has now become reality. We are use to the words "logically challenged" rather than simply "stupid." We actually have become the thing that the author was satirizing! This, for me, makes this book extremely interesting!

The author has done a very nice job of lampooning our politically correct society. As pointed out by several reviewers, yes, the author is indeed trite at times.
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At last! In my attempt to modernize my parents (especially my white cis hetero father) and teach them valuable lessons that they can use in life, I have found this book! I was a bit on edge, as I'm sure you can imagine, when purchasing this book. I had my concerns that this work, though it is advertised to be "politically correct", would still contain some offensive material that would scandalize a womon, such as myself, but none were found as I glanced through each of the beautifully politically-correct stories in this marvelous collection! Finally I can teach my cis-white-father how to properly respect all people (especially us womyn) as I read him to sleep every night! No other book could compare to this masterfully rewritten mistresspiece! Thank you so much James Finn Garner (though I do forgive you for being a man, and I'm ever so proud of you for attempting to rectify your gender's mistakes through this obvious CORRECTION to the original tales that were all written by oppressive white-cis-males!) for this book, and I'll be sure to pass it backwards for my father to read to his father so that we can all learn how to be politically-correct in such a trying day and age! Goddess bless you (and I say that figuratively, obviously, since I do not subscribe to such archaic oppressive male-enforced ideas such as religion, though if there were a supreme being, she would be female).
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The idea of these bedtime stories is to take traditional stories and move them into modern sensibilities. The idea is good, and some of the stories work a lot better than others. Some of them seem to reach too far with far less success than others. Like all such literature, the idea is more difficult to bring off than it seems should be the case.
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I wasn't really sure when I 1st purchased this book for my Kindle. It was either going to be funny or ridiculous. I found it to be a little bit of both but in a good way. The stories are all the fairy tales that you remember growing up but you find yourself laughing out loud at the author's random insights to ageism or how the story really gets its happy ending. It isn't a book for small children. I would say that only high schoolers and above would truly enjoy and understand some of the sarcasm he uses. All the same, it is a good book and I may just look into picking up on of the others soon.
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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories

This book is great! Two thumbs up and a pat on the back to James Finn Garner. He adapted the original bedtime story classics to become "politically correct" and created a one of a kind read. Garner is straining to be non-insulting to any group imaginable. Snow White becomes "melanin challenged", Chicken Little becomes "cranially under enhanced" and (my personal favorite), The Three Bears Family becomes an "anthropomorphic nuclear family".

It was a good read for me because it was funny (in a highly satirical way) and in a way is mocking some of the worlds political leaders. Sometimes they themselves struggle to be politically correct and not insulting to all groups of people, they end up sounding ridiculous! For example; the government Ireland banned the word "brainstorm" due to the fact it might offend people with cranial disabilities. People that might like this book are people who enjoy political satire, or just need a break from other genres. I found that reading humor often clears your mind.
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