A Feminist Book Of Fairytales? Yes, Please

We've got the trailer for 'Poisoned Apples' right here.

If you thought "Frozen" was the epitome of feminist fairytale retellings, well, then, you obviously haven't read Christine Heppermann's "Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty" yet. And we wouldn't blame you -- the YA book of poems dropped Tuesday (September 23), and to herald its coming, we have an exclusive look at its YA-star-studded trailer below.

From "Shatter Me" author Tahereh Mafi to "The Diviners" scribe Libba Bray, Hepperman and her publisher enlisted a cadre of writers to read from the poem "Retelling" in the trailer, a piece in which the various fairytale princesses and ladies just say "no" to the insane demands placed upon them by witches, kings and other mythological bossy folk.

"It's feisty and empowering," Heppermann told MTV News of the poem. "Some of the other poems in the book are a little more dark and depressing. This one is kind of overtly saying 'no' to things."

Heppermann, a long-time reviewer of young adult literature, started penning the book while working on a novel-length retelling of the Grimms fairytale "Jorinde and Joringel," in which a witch captures a pair of lovers -- turning the woman, Jorinde, into a bird, and freeing Joringel. Naturally, the man saves his love -- along with all the other girls/birds. In Heppermann's version, though, she wondered what would have happened if Jorinde wanted to remain winged.

In addition to spawning a standalone poem -- titled "Bird Girl" -- working on that story inspired Heppermann to write a whole book of poems that take a modern look at old tales. The first poem in "Poisoned Apples," "The Woods," sets the scene perfectly, laying out the fact that you don't have to wander all the way into the trees to get lost.

"Most of the poems are about issues that teenage girls face and that I faced when I was a teenager," Heppermann said. "I have two daughters -- one's in tenth grade now and one's in fifth grade. [So it deals with] self-image and eat disorders -- a range of things that my daughter and her friends have gone through."

Although the book is essentially written for girls, though, Heppermann hopes teen boys will pick it up as well. "In order to have an understanding and discussion about how women feel in the world and how everybody feels in the world, it's good to read about the other perspectives and get a clue about what's going on with people who aren't necessarily exactly like you," she said.

Besides, girls aren't the only ones who enjoy fairytales.

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