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A Book Of Feminist 'Fairy Tales' Challenges What It Traditionally Means To Be A Princess

Write your own fairy tale.

From Hans Christen Anderson to Walt Disney, millions of little girls and boys have grown up reading fairy tales. While each story differs in the details, they all share a few glaring similarities. There's always a princess — always beautiful, kind, dainty — who is always, always, always saved by a prince. It doesn't matter if she eats a poison apple, falls under a sleeping curse, or is trapped in a high tower ... the prince always comes to her rescue. 

These are the stories Emily and I (aka the A Plus Book Club) were taught not only to accept but to expect. When we were kids, we didn't really have a choice of bedtime stories. Neither did our parents. There were "girl books" and "boy books," and though some did transcend this artificial concept of gender, the majority did not. 

But that was decades ago. A lot has changed since then, bedtime stories included. Today, there are books such as Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, a collection of feminist "fairy tales" chronicling the lives of real women and girls who not only figured out how to save themselves but often changed the world in the process. 

The A Plus Book Club considers these powerful ladies (some of whom also happen to be royalty) the real princesses young girls should aspire to become and young boys should admire.

But the real question is, do today's kids think so, too? We decided to ask them. See what they had to say in the video above.

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