Short story: “All That Fairy Tale Crap”
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“All That Fairy Tale Crap,” by Rachel Swirsky
This is just irritating. I mean, I love metafiction, okay? I sort of like the main character of this piece (Cinderella, only not). I like things like this:
You start out with three tools. You’re pretty. You have small feet. And you can do housework.
Now become a princess.
Go on. Laugh. Shatter glass class ceilings? Yeah, right.
But the story just goes on and on, alternating between semi-pointless scenes and self-conscious prattling. The narrator addresses the reader directly way too much.
I do like the last line, and the ending generally. I wish somebody had edited this down.