Oh i so feel you on the mythology/fairy tale retellings thing, especially when they present their somehow ultraprogressive version as the only one true definitive real version of the story, when that is something literal scholars constantly debate about myths and fairy tales bc there are so many versions out there, and it is impossible to trace with how many different versions develop and spread. Also, just wanted to pop in and say i love your blog ^_^

What’s always been weird to me about that push that their more modern interpretations are how the myth or fairytale was meant to be, is that like… writing myth/fairytales to star queer characters and/or characters of color and more nuanced forms of empowerment is awesome enough without saying that that’s how things always were. 

Especially when five minutes online will show that unfortunately, many myths and folktales (especially when we think of the most commonly adapted ones) were kind of obviously tied into their status of remnants of uber patriarchal societies. 

I think it’s better to own your subversiveness outright and to be aware of what you’re changing while you’re at it, because (and I’ve done this before with my own work) sometimes the push to make these old myths/fairytales progressive and diverse in retellings… winds up being just as or more problematic than the original myth.

Also thank you so much for the love! I’m glad to hear from you, awesome anonymous reader!