Neil Gaiman is a fantastic writer, that’s a given. But he’s also a pretty amazing person with a track record when it comes to women. Whether he’s calling out Steven Moffat or giving advice on how to write strong female characters, he’s an advocate of women and what’s possible for them.
His newest children’s book with illustrator Chris Riddell, The Sleeper and the Spindle, takes the idea of princess rescuing to a new level.
It’s described as “weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic” that includes the Queen rescuing the Princess by awakening her with a kiss.
A representative for Bloomsbury Publishing told Gay Star News “While it is not a gay story in itself there is much to be said about having a female kiss not only described but illustrated in a book for young readers.”
I’m sure this will ruffle a few feathers, but I think there’s something tremendously cool about the idea.
You can also read an excerpt on the publisher’s website.
The Sleeper and the Spindle will be released October 23rd in the UK.