Jo Karaplis on Fairytale Heroines

November 15, 2010

WORD is pleased to welcome Jo Karaplis, author of Fractured: Happily Never After?. In her book, she ponders the questions: What would happen if Snow White were around today? Would Cinderella still need a fairy godmother? Would the Little Mermaid show up on YouTube? She agreed to answer a burning question of ours…

Leave a comment with your own thoughts for a chance to win a signed copy! Contest runs Monday, November 30, til 7 p.m.

WORD: Which fairytale characters would fare best in today’s world?

JO KARAPLIS: If the heroines from popular fairytales were suddenly dumped into today’s world, I think they’d have a pretty tough time. Cinderella would be called a gold-digger, and the prince would probably make her sign a pre-nup. (The odds that she’d end up with a prince in the first place are pretty slim, of course.) Beauty would be pressing assault charges against the Beast (and she’d probably be suing her father, too, for selling her!). And poor Sleeping Beauty: left in a coma, she’d probably end up in a nursing home somewhere. Snow White would be busy cleaning up after a house full of messy fraternity brothers, waiting for her prince to come yet dating jerks in the meantime.

However, I have a lot of faith in Rapunzel. She was locked up by a bitter old woman, but she managed to plan and execute a successful escape. In today’s world, she’d probably have been kidnapped as a child and kept in captivity for years, only to finally escape and then write a bestselling memoir about her experiences. After all that time spent growing out her hair, I’d also love to see what she’d end up doing with it: hack it all off into a funky bob? Keep it long and wear a different elaborate style every day? After the success of her memoir, I bet she’d go to university and become a criminal justice lawyer or a political activist or something. Or maybe she’d study fashion and become a designer. One thing’s for sure: she wouldn’t let her past hardships define her, and she’d achieve whatever goals she set for herself. She’d be a fun woman to hang out with: the kind that always has a good book to recommend, and will kick you in the butt if you need a little motivation. If she wrote a blog, it would be outspoken and hilarious.

Jo is on a blog tour! You can catch her at the following locations:

Nov. 15:
Steph Su Reads

Nov. 16:
Word of Mouse Book Reviews
Bella’s Bookshelves

Nov. 17
The Reading Girl
Between the Pages

Nov. 18
Page Turners
Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files

Nov. 19
YA Addict
YA Book Shelf


5 Responses to “Jo Karaplis on Fairytale Heroines”

  1. steph Says:

    Excellent question! And there you go, Jo, at least three new ideas for more stories!! Yippee!

  2. Melissa Says:

    Great answer, Jo, but it makes me wonder…what about the miller’s daughter in Rumpelstiltskin. I mean she was an enterprising girl, who not only got rooms full of golden straw, but also was intelligent enough to get someone to spy on him in the hopes of learning his name. When she did, he lost his payment in the bargain. I guess it’s on my mind because that was my favorite fairytale growing up, and I read a novel earlier this year based on this story. It wasn’t modernized, but hey…it’ could be.

  3. wordofmousebooks Says:

    Great interview! Please note that my links have changed for my contribution to the blog tour. You can now find me at Please see these urls:

    For my review:

    & interview with Joanna:

    Thanks & sorry for a inconvienience!

  4. Anne Szustek Says:

    Why, the Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs, of course. He could balance the budget and extend unemployment benefits in one fell swoop.

    That is, until she made contact with a US Airways flight.

  5. jessebeller Says:

    this is too bad, my favorite fairy tales are the nasty, dark ones where the main character is silly and foolish and pays for their lack of vision with eternal damnation. for most-likely-to-prosper-today, my first urge would be to nominate puss in boots, who knows exactly how powerful it can be to get your audience to believe what you need them to, but i’d have to go with scheherazade for awesomest-and-thus-most-likely-to-prosper-character of all fairy tales.

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