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Soman, I had the pleasure of reading your bio to my college-age daughter. Thank you so much! I can think of no greater punishment than inflicting my bio on a teenager. So, why write about fairy tales? What cultural or societal impact have fairy tales stirred to shape our thinking or acceptance or challenge of gender roles? My parents figured Disney was an Author soman chainani dating surrogate parent to my two brothers and me.
Until age 8 or so, movies were all I watched. Everything I learned about storytelling — and about fairy tales in general — I learned from Disney. When I went to college, however, and took a class about the history of fairy tales, I became fascinated by the gap between the original stories and the Disney revisions I had grown up with. Somewhere in that gap, The School for Good and Evil was born.
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What makes female villains so alluring is the fact that they cannot rely on brute strength. Instead they must deliciously manipulate, through subterfuge, seduction, and disguise. Only with the females do we really sense the attraction of Evil and the sheer charisma, cleverness, and force of personality it requires to vanquish Good.
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The ending Book 3 will give the clearest answer to that question, for I have my own strong thoughts on what it takes to be happy.
The only way to be happy is simply to be and accept the moment, whatever that moment is. Because, in truth, none of us know what our stories will turn out to be. We only can appreciate that we get to have a story at all. The final book in the series, The Last Ever Afteris out now all around the world.
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