Blog Tour (Review): Only Prince Charming Gets to Break the Rules by Anne Beall

Book Details:
Book Title: Only Prince Charming Gets to Break the Rules: Gender and Rule Violation in Fairy Tales and Life by Anne E. Beall
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 148 pages
Genre: Feminist, Fairy Tales, Literary Criticism
Publisher: Independent Publishing
Release date: Oct 2022
Content Rating: PG + M. Some mature themes, some characters are executed for their transgressions, some violence
Book Description:
Explore the fascinating link between gender stereotypes in fairy tales and real-world life with Only Prince Charming Gets to Break the Rules: Gender and Rule Violation in Fairy Tales and Life. This thought-provoking book carefully analyzes 200 folktales and fairy tales from around the world, uncovering a universal disparity in how male and female characters are punished for breaking the rules. Through a blend of thorough research and literary investigation, the book sheds light on how these stereotypes affect our families, politics, and education. A powerful feminist critique of social norms, this academic yet accessible exploration shows how our most cherished tales shape our cultures.
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I received a copy of Only Prince Charming Gets to Break the Rules by Anne Beall for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

I’m a sucker for folklore. It doesn’t matter if it is an adaptation, an in depth literary study, or, in this case, a statistic review on who gets to break social norms and for what reason. That’s the big thing you need to realize about this book, it is a nonfiction statistical review on well known international folktales. What makes this so interesting is the sociological value on what is accepted in society and how that impacts our storytelling.

There isn’t much to say about the book that you wouldn’t know from that paragraph alone, but I’ll try.

It is well written and filled with information that has you seeing the connections between different cultural stories. Filled with graphs and explanations, it felt like I was reading the script of a documentary on the value of folklore for society rules. And believe me, it’s important. If anything, it made my heart happy to see the empirical value of my own beliefs on folktales.

This book is the perfect reference for a sociologist or literary nerd trying to work on that big paper about folklore. Another good thing about it, is that it wasn’t boring. It also helps that it was short.

If you like the mix of statistics and literature, check this book out. I genuinely learned something, even when I figured out just who gets to break all the rules and why.

Meet the Author:

Anne E. Beall is an award-winning author whose books have been featured in People Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Toronto Sun, Hers Magazine, Ms. Career Girl, and she’s been interviewed by NBC, NPR, and WGN. Her book, Cinderella Didn’t Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales won a Gold award from Literary Titan. And her Heartfelt Connections book was named one of the top 100 Notable Indie books in 2016 by Shelf Unbound. She received her PhD in social psychology from Yale University and is the founder of the strategic market-research firm, Beall Research.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ goodreads

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