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Children’s Book Features Kiss Between Snow White And Sleeping Beauty
Those who thought Frozen was heavy on the gay subtext better prepare to let it go, because Neil Gaiman’s new children’s book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, features a sapphic smooch between two iconic fairy tale heroines.
Described by publisher Bloomsbury as a “dark twist on classic fairy tales,” The Sleeper and the Spindleweaves together “a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic”:
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom.
This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems.
Gaiman, best known for penning The Sandman series and the novels Stardust and American Gods, has never shied away from LGBT themes. In The Sleeper and the Spindle, Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell present two strong female characters who don’t need a man, no way.
“The Sleeper and the Spindle simply shows that not every princess will be awoken by a prince,” said Suran Dickson, CEO of Diversity Role Models, which pushes for positive LGBT role models for queer youth. “This helps children understand different relationships, as well as giving representation to those young people with same-sex parents and can therefore reduce bullying.”
Though The Sleeper and the Spindle is not a gay story per se, a Bloomsbury spokesperson told Gay Star News, “there is much to be said about having a female kiss not only described but illustrated in a book for young readers.”
The Sleeper and the Spindle comes out October 23.
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<From Team A Renai Kinshi Jourei stage today, after encore MC>
Takamina: Kawaei has made her comeback to this theater stage today after 4 & 1/2 months. Please tell everyone about what you’re feeling standing on this stage today after all these time. Also a word to the fans.
Kawaei: The past 4 & 1/2 months have felt very long. I’ve kept everyone waiting for me for but, today, I’ve come back here and there are so many people, it’s somehow amazing, somehow very amazing…”
Takamina: Are you okay?
Kawaei: …I’ve received such wonderful gifts. The cheers, the eye-contact, the fans are so near. Standing on the theater stage like this, being able to communicate with fans through our eye-contact…
Takamina: An exchange of cheers.
Kawaei: Hold on for a sec…
Takamina: It’s alright
Kawaei: Being able to have eye-contact like that is very much something that can only be experienced through theater shows. So, even from now onwards, I wish to cherish this place while doing my best ‘genki’-ly. Thank you very much for today.
Takamina: Thank you everyone for waiting patiently. As Team A members, we are also very happy that Kawaei has come back to us.
This stage, this theater, its existence has almost become something of the norm. Myself too, I have been standing on this stage for 9 years. But even so, it is not something that should be taken for granted. Each & every encounter between this stage with its audiences, and what Kawaei has just mentioned, the exchanges of eye-contact and exchanges of cheers, those things are things which are irreplaceable for us. I think they are important keys in order for us to move forward.
From now onwards, we will value each & every moment, we will work our hardest while cherishing this theater stage. Everyone, please continue to lend your support to Team A.
Takamina’s fish dinner: before and after
I can listen to this all day hahah Jurina so kawaii~~!