Fairy Tales: Traditional Stories Retold for Gay Men Book Review

If you’re a romantic, if you believe in love at first sight, if you believe, like Snow White, that one day your prince will come, then this book is a must-read.

Peter Cashorali takes stories we grew up on and twists them for gay men. Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, Rumplestiltskin, the Ugly Duckling and more, all become queerified, and young gay kids and mature gay men will enjoy seeing the fairy tales they knew, now resonating more with tales of Princes’ happily ever afters.

All the magic is still there, all the talking animals, unexpected transformations, ogres, ghouls, and Death. Now, they’re parables on aging, mortality, AIDS, coming out, the shallow and fickle nature of attraction, and, as always, the quest for true love.


Without ruining these stories, I can’t tell you any specifics. The subtle changes he makes are what keeps you flipping pages, from one story to the next. The villains are homophobic bullies, but some see the light. The heros are sensitive and beautiful, yet some are realistically flawed.

You can sit down and read it from cover to cover, or read a story and then come back later on, when you need a little pick-me-up, a little reassurance that happy endings do happen (they just might need a little cleverness, hard work, or a dog in penny loafers). I’ve gone back to this book time and again, and always come away with something new.

We all have demons to slay and ogres to fight. We all want a knight in shining armor. We all want a happy ending.

This book is filled with them.

Submitted By: Rob B. Follow him on Twitter @robbrowatzke

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  • Belladonna

    This is amazing I can’t wait to get this book. I’ve always been the friend in the group that believes the most in the one ture love thing lol so this book is Prefact for me. And I think this will be so helpful for young Queer kids given the fact that kids come out at like 9,10 & even 6 now. Lol Also this would have helped me when I came out at 15 so yeah I love it!

  • stranded

    Sounds interesting. I don’t know how keen I am about reading this to my future kids. I mean, i hope the stories aren’t completely void of women or some stories are with lesbians as well. Also the art seems innocent enough but the guy in blue has a really big package. Maybe that’s more of my hang ups.

  • Rob

    stranded:
    It’s definitely a gay men kind of book… nothing in the way of lesbian stories at all… Women, where present, play limited roles (the biggest is probably Gretel)…. there may be a similar book out there of Fairy Tales Gone Lesbian, but I haven’t come across one…
    Belladonna:
    as a firm believer in love at first sight myself, I think that’s what drew me to the book. Whats brilliant though is how the stories resonate as surely for the gay man who’s been out for decades as they do for the gay man still struggling to come out, if not more so