The Princess Problem: Reinterpreting Traditional Stories for Modern Readers
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Author Elizabeth Blackwell’s reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, While Beauty Slept, explores the process of story-telling, and the central challenge faced by all modern writers of historical fiction: how to create characters that are compelling and true to their times. With today’s readers and the book industry demanding strong heroines, how does an author approach female characters that had very little power? Why do their stories appeal? Blackwell discusses writers and how they redefine “strong”.