Why We Need Queer Fairy Tales: Complicating the Happily Ever After

An interesting perspective on why we need more queer fairy tales and the witches, monsters and dragons that accompany them.

Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins

Why We Need Queer Fairy Tales:
Complicating the Happily Ever After

By Derek Newman-Stille

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So many fairy tales end with a Happily Ever After that involves a straight relationship, as though everyone’s life becomes complete when boy meets girl. This is a message that is repeated to queer people through our heterosexist society – that life is only positive if it is heterosexual.

Narratives shape us and queer people are often confronted with narratives that tell us that we don’t belong in our own societies. We grow up with repeated messages that we don’t belong, that we are outsiders in our own societies. Like many of the heroines and heroes of fairy tales, we are left in a place without a home, without a sense of belonging to the world we grow up in. We are dislocated.

Fairy tales also provide a chance to change our circumstances. I have always…

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