Cinderella Didn’t Live Happily Ever After by Anne E. Beall Book Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway! {Ends 7/8/22}

Jun 29, 2022 | 4 comments

The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales 

Book Details:

Book Title:  Cinderella Didn’t Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales by Anne E. Beall
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  126 pages
Genre: Feminist, Fairy Tales, Literary Criticism
Publisher:  Independent Publishing
Release date:November 17, 2018
Tour dates: June 13 to July 1, 2022
Content Rating:  PG + M. Some fairy tales are a bit gruesome but there is no bad language or explicit sex. 

Book Description:

Did Cinderella live happily ever after? You might think so until you look more closely at the hidden messages in beloved fairy tales. In this book, fairy tales are analyzed in terms of the underlying messages about marriage, agency, power, suffering, and good versus evil, with a focus on how male and female characters differ in each of these areas. The analysis is a data-driven approach that provides clear evidence for the hidden messages in these beloved tales. The end conclusion is not whether fairy tales are good or bad but rather what messages they deliver about life, even if unintentionally.

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Guest Post:

Cinderella Didn’t Live Happily Ever After by Anne E. Beall

Guest Post for Lu Ann @ Rockin’ Book Reviews

I have always loved fairy tales because they’re great stories and because they have a lot to say about the world. As an adult, I analyzed them systematically and found that female characters are often passive, weak individuals who suffer. And interestingly, powerful women are often evil, whereas powerful men are mostly good. These archetypes are common in many beloved tales.

But did you know that there are some great fairy tales with badass female characters? I wanted to share one called, Li Chi Slays the Serpent.

There was a giant serpent who lived in the ancient state of Yueh in the Yung Mountains in China. The giant serpent was between 70 to 80 feet long, and it crept into the valley and ate oxen, sheep, and almost got a child. The villagers were terrified. They sent soldiers to slay it, but only one came back.

Now the serpent wanted to eat humans, but it promised to leave the animals and soldiers alone if they would give it one young maiden every year. The magistrates selected one young woman to be sacrificed to the serpent every year. Each August the serpent would come out and eat the victim. Nine years. Nine young women.

Li Chi, the youngest of six daughters, offered herself for this sacrifice. Her parents refused. She explained to her parents they had no one to depend on because they didn’t have any sons. If she offered herself, at least they could get a little money for their old age. The parents tried to talk her out of it. But she refused to listen, snuck out of her house, and offered herself to the magistrates.

She asked for a sharp sword and a snake-hunting dog. When the day came, she went up the mountains and took rice balls dipped in malt sugar, placing them at the mouth of the cave. She pretended to cry and asked the serpent to eat the rice instead of her. The serpent told her he would eat her after finishing the sweet snack.

As the serpent ate the rice balls, she unleashed the dog, which bit it. She then used the sword to gash the serpent’s repeatedly. After a great struggle, it died.

When she went into the cave, she saw the nine skeletons and said: “For your timidity, you were devoured. How pitiful that is.”

The king of the Yueh learned of her bravery and asked for her hand in marriage. She became queen. He appointed her father to be a magistrate of the county and he gave her mother and elder sisters great wealth. From that point on, there was no giant serpent in the mountain who terrified the people.

Thank you so much,

–Anne Beall

Meet the Author:

A leader in the field of market research and one of the few female CEOs in the industry, Anne E. Beall is the author of 10 books in business, gender studies, and mindfulness, including Cinderella Didn’t Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales and The Psychology of Gender. Her book Heartfelt Connections was named one of the top 100 Notable Indie books in 2016 by Shelf Unbound, and she has published nearly a dozen business articles in noted journals. Her books have been featured in People Magazine, Toronto Sun, Hers Magazine, and Ms. Career Girl, and she has been interviewed by NBC, NPR, and WGN. Having received her PhD in social psychology from Yale University, Anne resides in Evanston, Illinois and is the founder of the market consultancy company Beall Research.

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Tour Schedule:

June 13 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 13 -Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
June 15 –Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 15 -Viviana MacKade – book review / giveaway
June 16 –Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
June 16 -Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
​June 17 – Kam’s Place – book review
June 20 –Mostly Mystery Reviews – author interview
June 20 – Mostly Mystery Reviews – book review
June 20 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
June 21 –Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
June 22 –Novels Alive – book spotlight / giveaway
June 22 – Novels Alive – book review
June 22 -The Girl Who Reads – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 23 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
June 24 –Chit Chat With Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 27 – Lamon Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 27 – Books for Books – book spotlight
June 28 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
June 28 – My Reading Getaway – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 29 –Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
June 30 – Lynchburg Reads – book review / giveaway
June 30 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 1 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
July 1 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
July 1 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
TBD – Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review
TBD – My Fictional Oasis – book review

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  1. Nancy

    Sounds intriguing

  2. Sunnymay

    It’s strange how when you think about fairy tales and know what happens, an author comes up with a new angle. A twist, a new character, a new setting and you have a whole story with remnants of the past hovering around the edges.

  3. Anne Beall

    Thanks so much for spotlighting my book and for having me post a guest post. You have an awesome site and great blog!

    • lawonder10

      Thank you Anne. I love to promote a variety of “clean” books. I am glad to help.
      Lu Ann

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