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Asexual Fairy Tales

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Once upon a time, our ancestors were much more honest and open about the spectrum of human sexuality. Among the fairy tales and myths they told were stories of androgynes, neither male nor female; of women and men who resist sex and marriage for other kinds of love; of chaste romances, miraculous childbirth and bodily transformations. These are the asexual fairy tales you ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published September 27th 2019 by SilverWood Books
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Estance DH
Sep 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
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I participated in the Kickstarter & I deeply regret it.

I very rarely give out bad ratings. If I believe a book to be badly written, the worst I give out it 3 stars.
And here, a book on the topic of asexuality, my topic, my main thing.
For me to give a bad rating, I've had to think hard about it.

What it comes down to is this. There is rape apologizing in this book.
That's unforgiveable in any book, but in a book about asexuality?

And the problems don't stop there. I've had troubles with most of the
Aug 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: asexuality
**CW: Rape mention**

While this title promises to bring to light all the fairy tales of the past that are accepting and celebrating the stories of asexual people, it does not deliver what it has promised at all.

Most of the tales have little or no relation to asexuality at all, save for the author adding in random moments to twist the stories to fit her narrative, and even then they still do not work. Most of these stories truly have no relation to asexuality, and left me scratching my head in con
Mar 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
Are you an nonromantic/aromantic asexual or a non-hetero romantic asexual ? Then you will find nothing to represent you in this book. The stories are all about m/f romantic couples (exept maybe one, and still). And the link between asexuality and most of the stories is...obscure. Sometimes I didn't even see the connection, despite the small introductory paragraph in the beginning of each story. And as if that were not enough, the author also makes rape apology in one of the stories.
Go you way,
May 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
I had a different opinion at first but the more I thought about it, the more this book didn't sit well with me. It was a gross misrepresentation of consent in one story and fell largely flat in other areas. I enjoyed some stories but overall this book left a sour taste in my mouth. ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Either 2.5 or 3 stars - I wanted to like this. The idea is good... but the execution is not great or even horrific at times.
Zellandine and Troylus is the first one that comes to mind - it contains r*pe apologetics! That's horrific even at the best of times. But then to put in a book about Asexual Fairytales... what were you thinking?!
On top of that others had very little relation to asexuality at all.
Which leads me to wonder... if you're having trouble finding fairytales about asexuality... why
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Probably don't read the Rapunzel one though. While its theme is valid its execution is weak in... a pretty triggery way. ...more
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
I like the concept but unfortunately the book itself didn't live up to my expectations. Occasionally it seemed more anti-sexual rather than asexual, and one particularly problematic tale features sexual assault as a romantic plot-point. I assume the author purposefully adopted a simplistic writing style to emulate the telling of fairy tales, but most of the time instead of coming across as simple and straight-forward, I found it to be flat and dry. I hope that if the author revisits this type of ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Some of these stories were at best ok, and those were mostly ones introduced as retellings of others stories. The ones the author introduced as her own stories, which were influenced and inspired by past stories were truly exceptional. Other commenters have pointed out that some stories do excuse rape (and even present it in a positive light), which is really bad. Im not gonna go more into that but if you ignore those stories this book isnt terrible.
Tobias Ådin
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By far one of my favourite books, "Asexual fairy tales" is the kind of book that I wish I had grown up with. While some of these tales aren't necessarily appropriate for the youngest children, no fairy tales are. But it is definitely worth your while to read it, whether for yourself or your children. And once you start, you won't be able to put it down. ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I feel like this book could easily have been called "Asexual and aromantic fairy tale", because a lot of these stories seem to steer more towards aromantic representation than asexual representation. I really enjoyed it, though! The writing fell a bit flat in places, but other than that it was good. ...more
Tourmaline Queen
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. Beautiful illustrations and lovingly collected short stories with asexual themes. It's wonderful to read stories that feature people like myself, as asexuality has so little representation. 12/10 do recommend. ...more
Devinne W.
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not for fans of mythology, I'm afraid. ...more
This is a beautiful collection of Fairy Tales.

The stories are ones you may have heard or read, although you may not have heard of any of them but these tales feel familiar. I really like the short introductions to each tale, giving an insight to the stories and background to the tales, and highlighting what about the story is important to the author when bringing the collection together.

The illustrations fit the genre very well.

As with many Fairy Tales the narrative can sometimes take longer to
Rebecca Politzer
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this I felt that much of the representation steered more towards aromantic then asexual I felt that much of the representation steered more towards aromantic and asexual which I'm sure would be disappointing to people who are asexual but not aromantic. As an aromantic however it is nice to read As an aromantic however it is nice to read so many fairy tales that don't end in Romance if you were to look at conventional books of fairy tales you wouldn't be blamed for having the opin ...more
Lisa Dawn
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
As an asexual who loves fairy tales, I was immediately curious about this book. It's basically just an anthology, but the stories have been altered slightly to be more ace-friendly. However, since fairy tales don't generally have much sexual content to begin with, it didn't feel that different from any other anthology outside of the author's introductions to each story. It contained a sampling of just about everything from the Brothers Grimm to Greek mythology to Arthurian lore. I enjoyed the va ...more
Lynden Wade
If you love fairy tales but have seen enough retellings of Beauty and the Beast to last you a lifetime, try this. These twelve stories are drawn from a wide variety of sources, including a silent film. Some are straight retellings, others re-imaginings, and a third set originals by Elizabeth Hopkinson. The common thread, as per the title, is that they all feature asexual characters and explore what that is like in a society obsessed by sex. A gently enlightening read.
Jenn Morgans
A good mixture of traditional and new stories, compellingly told. I also really liked the academic notes at the beginning of each story - I have several things to look up in more detail now.
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Elizabeth Hopkinson is best known for Asexual Fairy Tales, Silver Hands, and a range of short fantasy stories and original fairy tales.
Elizabeth describes her writing as, "seeing the magical in the ordinary". She has loved fairy tale and history since studying English Literature at Leeds University;.
She has lived all her life in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK (home of the Bronte sisters and the Cot

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