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A book of five traditional fairy tales retold and illustrated with a feminist twist.
A book of five traditional fairy tales retold and illustrated with a feminist twist.
236 backers pledged AU$ 14,893 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello! I'm Erin-Claire, an artist and author from Australia, and I love telling stories and illustrating them (and going on adventures!).

Ever since I was little I have loved fairy tales and the way they open up new worlds full of magic and adventure.

But many fairy tales reinforce rigid gender roles and stereotypes - they are full of beautiful, meek princesses waiting for a prince to rescue them, and rich, handsome princes with few aspirations beyond finding a princess!

illustration from 'The Princess and the Pea'
illustration from 'The Princess and the Pea'

In addition, fairy tales lack diversity in their characters, who are usually either expressly or implicitly straight, white, young, able-bodied and conventionally beautiful. It can be difficult for people in our diverse, modern society to see themselves represented in well-known and well-loved stories.

Which is why I'm so excited to bring you my book, The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales.

Mock up of The Adventurous Princess, not actual book. Cover still in development.
Mock up of The Adventurous Princess, not actual book. Cover still in development.

***first stretch goal unlocked: Three new, short, feminist fairy tales added to every book***

In this book, I have retold and illustrated five traditional fairy tales with a feminist twist. The book ties together my love of fairy tales with my love of stories where brave, diverse heroines determine their own fates.

Each fairy tale is illustrated with beautiful, whimsical watercolour paintings.

I began retelling these stories because I wanted to read and share fairy tales that had the charm of the traditional stories but were more relatable for a modern girl or woman.

I feel we deserve better representation of our diverse society in the fairy tales we all know and love, fairy tales that challenge rather than embed stereotypes, and I want to inspire young people, and young women in particular, to see themselves as the heroes of their own stories.

illustration from 'Beauty and the Beast'
illustration from 'Beauty and the Beast'

This book will suit all ages, especially older children and young adults, and anyone who loves the whimsy and magic of traditional fairy tales but likes their heroines bold, curious and clever! I choose fairy tales to retell that I felt were most in need of a strong, fierce re-imagining of the heroine, and parents may want to talk through some of the stories with younger children if reading the book to them.

Just one copy of the book: $25

  • one unsigned copy of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales'

Early bird bundle - signed book and print: $30 *SOLD OUT*

*a choice of prints will be available
*a choice of prints will be available
  • only 30 available
  • one signed copy of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales'
  • an A5 archival quality giclée art print of an illustration from the book

Signed book and print: $35

*a choice of prints will be available
*a choice of prints will be available
  • one signed copy of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales'
  • an A5 archival quality giclée art print of an illustration from the book

Just two books: $45

  • two unsigned copies of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales'

Signed book with original drawing: $50

  • only 30 available
  • one signed copy of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales' with an original drawing inside the cover
  • an A5 archival quality giclée art print of an illustration from the book

One signed book with original drawing, one unsigned book: $75

*a choice of prints will be available
*a choice of prints will be available
  • only 10 available
  • one signed copy of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales' with an original drawing inside the cover
  • one unsigned copy of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales'
  • an A5 archival quality giclée art print of an illustration from the book

Gift pack of 5 books: $100

*a choice of prints will be available
*a choice of prints will be available
  • five unsigned copies of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales'
  • an A5 archival quality giclée art print of an illustration from the book

Signed book and original A5 painting: $125

*a choice of prints will be available
*a choice of prints will be available
  • only 5 available
  • one signed copy of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales'
  • one original A5 watercolour illustration from a fairy tale of your choice
  • an A5 archival quality giclée art print of an illustration from the book

Signed book and original A4 painting: $175

*a choice of prints will be available
*a choice of prints will be available
  • only 5 available
  • one signed copy of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales'
  • one original A4 watercolour illustration from a fairy tale of your choice 
  • an A5 archival quality giclée art print of an illustration from the book 

Signed book and 'Beauty and the Beast' illustration: $175 *SOLD OUT*

*a choice of prints will be available
*a choice of prints will be available
  • only 1 available
  • one signed copy of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales'
  • the original A4 watercolour illustration of the Beast outside her castle from the fairy tale 'Beauty and the Beast'
  • an A5 archival quality giclée art print of an illustration from the book

Signed book and 'Cinderella' illustration: $175 *SOLD OUT*

*a choice of prints will be available
*a choice of prints will be available
  • only 1 available
  • one signed copy of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales'
  • The original A4 watercolour illustration of Cinderella feeding her chickens from the fairy tale 'Cinderella'
  • an A5 archival quality giclée art print of an illustration from the book 

Signed book and 'The Princess and the Pea' illustration: $175 *SOLD OUT*

*a choice of prints will be available
*a choice of prints will be available
  • only 1 available
  • one signed copy of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales'
  • the original A4 watercolour illustration of the castle overlooking the stormy sea from the fairy tale 'The Princess and the Pea'
  • an A5 archival quality giclée art print of an illustration from the book 

Signed book and 'The Goose Girl' illustration: $175

*a choice of prints will be available
*a choice of prints will be available
  • only 1 available
  • one signed copy of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales'
  • the original A4 watercolour illustration of the Goose Girl riding through the desert from the fairy tale 'The Goose Girl'
  • an A5 archival quality giclée art print of an illustration from the book 

Signed book and 'Allerleirauh' illustration: $175 *SOLD OUT*

*a choice of prints will be available
*a choice of prints will be available
  • only 1 available
  • one signed copy of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales'
  • the original A4 watercolour illustration of Allerleirauh cooking from the fairy tale 'Allerleirauh'
  • an A5 archival quality giclée art print of an illustration from the book

First stretch goal: three new short fairy tales - UNLOCKED

  • at $8,000, three new fairy tales will be added to every book. These will be short fairy tales of two pages each (one illustration and one page of text) to complement the existing, longer fairy tales. 

Second stretch goal: one new full-length fairy tale

  • at $14,000, one new full length fairy tale will be added to each book.

Risks and challenges

The book is complete - the stories are written and the illustrations are painted - so there is no risk of the book not being finished.

Publishing of the book will be through Publisher Obscura - an imprint of Odyssey Books, ensuring the book is published to a high standard and everything is in place to ensure smooth production and delivery.

Provided the Kickstarter goal is met, copies of the book should reach backers by Christmas 2018.

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