Cinderelleper: A Fairytale Satire by Ford Forkum

Publication Date: February 14, 2017


Cinderelleper by Ford Forkum, a fairytale book review by Rabid Reader's Reviews

Cinderelleper is a satirical retelling of the classic Grimm fairy tale and the Cinderella movie produced by Disney in the 1950s.





Cinderelleper, is the name given to her by her evil stepmother. Cinderpeller is diagnosed with leprosy early in the story and this is the take-off of the well-known fairy tale. We’ve all seen the memes spoofing with the Prince on the internet, “Says you are the love of his life. Forgets what you look like and has to put a shoe on every girl in the kingdom.” Forkum takes that common sense sarcasm to an extreme by writing a story more in the spirit of the dark and dangerous Grimm fairy tale than the world of helpful mice and unfettered optimism of the Disney version. His story is tongue-in-cheek and it is told with respect to the depth of the material by folding it to expose the core.

Cinderelleper features the irredeemably cruel and ambitious evil stepmother and the hyper-critical, evil stepsisters. Rather than the implied haughtily cruel eyebrow of the animated version, Forkum’s version is borderline homicidal and the stepmother is out for her own ambition with her daughters as pawns in the pursuit of never having to lift a finger. For her part, Cinderelleper is circumspect about the circumstances leading her to enslavement that staves off that sense that she’s a battered and broken victim. She has no plans to advocate for the hand of the feckless prince, but she’s been given a mission that makes sense for the good of the kingdom and is willing to carry it out.

The humor of Cinderelleper is sometimes quite elementary but it is clearly a callback to highlight the nonsense of (mostly) the Disney version. Mice as drivers? The fairy godmother’s magical chant is reminiscent of something the Simpsons would do, so as not to be sued by Disney (see their spoof of Snow White). At a light 43 pages, the story is pretty straightforward and generally close to the key events of the Disney version with enough of a digression that though the framework may resemble the progression, the characters, motivations and end results are completely different. There are moments of brilliance in the piece that really led to reflection beyond the page. There are lessons in Cinderelleper. Technically speaking, the novella is perfect. There are no formatting or general errors.

Cinderelleper is a fun and fast read that whether you’re a fan of fairy tales or live to hate them, you’ll enjoy. Pick it up today.

If you enjoy wacky humor, read our reviews of Ford Forkum’s Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse and Beers in Heaven.

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About Ford Forkum
For more information about Ford Forkum and his work, visit his His Beer in Heaven website. You can connect with Ford Forkum on GoodreadsFacebook, Google+, YouTube and Twitter @FordForkum.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo

Publication Date: March 12, 1987



Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Morte accidentale di un anarchico) was written by the Italian playwright, Dario Fo, following the events that took place in Italy, in the late 1960s. Fo is one of Italy’s most important and well-known literary writers who is famous for employing satire and popular elements within his work. His writings deal with Italian politics and his work is able to attract people from all walks of life.

The book was released in 1970 and the play was first performed in Milan in December of the same year. In 1984, it was staged on Broadway and became Fo’s most popular work inside and outside of Italy. For theater directors, this has been the play of choice when it comes to dealing with corruption.


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Channel Blue by Jay Martel

Publication Date: December 1, 2013



What can a network do if its best-rated show starts to plummet in the ratings? Channel Blue’s highest rated program is a Big-Brother-esque show featuring Earth. When the ratings make it unprofitable to stay on the air, the series finale will be explosive … literally explosive.




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The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Release Date: April 30, 2002



If you haven’t read The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (go read it), this review may not be for you. It may seem illogical—but this is a review specifically written for those that reread Douglas Adams’ work regularly. These people exist. They are normally referred to as hoopy froods who always have a towel handy. Since Tammy a.k.a. Rabid Reader’s Reviews was tied up in the Vogon poetry appreciation chair, I volunteered to write this review. She is still alive and well, and I am pleased to inform you that she hasn’t gnawed off her own legs yet.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Publication Date: April 4, 2009



The small English town of Meryton suffers from a plague of unmentionables and Miss Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe it out. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! is a retelling of Jane Austen’s (the late writer, in fact, gets a co-writing credit) eighteenth-century masterpiece with a twist.



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A Hint of Magic: A Paranormal Comedy Series by Claire Chilton

Publication Date: January 8, 2014



Dora Carradine is sick of life as a good girl and decides to rebel against her religious upbringing by joining a witch’s coven. When Dora discovers that the dark side is even darker than she could have imagined, she has some difficult choices to make.




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Paper Cuts (How to be Dead Book 2) by Dave Turner

Publication Date: August 12, 2015



Dave Marwood, Death’s assistant (yes, THAT Death, though he rather likes to be called Steve) for four months and if nothing else, he’s discovered how hard ectoplasm is to get out of clothing. What’s up with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Could there be stranger things in the world that Dave has yet to see in his role as Death’s office help?

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Unreliable Histories: A Tale of Cartography, Magic and Other Perils by Rob Gregson

Publication Date: March 12, 2014



Myrah and Al meet a wizard that tells them about a mysterious Index that only Myrah can control. The duo embarks on a quest to find the magical Index and unlock its secrets.





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Husband Training School by Ruth Harris

June 18, 2014



What do a retired efficiency expert; an all-star baseball player and a man who would procrastinate leaving his house if it was on fire have in common? They’re all driving their wives crazy. Former Marine Corps Drill Instructor, Robin Aguirre and her sister are happy to help. They own the Husband Training School and are determined to whip these lost causes into shape before their wives either divorce or kill them. Are the sisters up to the challenge?


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