Beasts and Beauty: Soman Chainani Seeks to Break the Rules

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Best selling author of The School for Good and Evil, Soman Chainani, has released a new book. And his intention is to break the rules modern story-telling and books for kids as we know it.

In a podcast interview with Fast Company, Soman Chainani spoke of his new book, Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales, his highly anticipated book of old fairy tales given the ‘Chainani’ twist. He spoke of how he grew up on Disney movies of which instilled the belief that in the world of good and evil, good always wins. 

As we all know, this is not necessarily the way the real-world works. Sometimes the evil villains win.

Chainani is on a mission break the rules of this age-old construct found in new age story-telling media today and he has decided to start with deep diving into fairy tales. As they relate to Disney movies, many of Disney’s ideas are indeed reimagining of classic fairy tales. They’ve all been dusted with Tinkerbell’s magical fairy dust and given a pair of Mickey Mouse ears.

Fairy Tales are the Original Stories of Good and Evil... and They are Dark!

I mean have you ever read the original Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi?? Although more a cautionary tale than a fairy tale, that book is beyond twisted. Oh, and in the original fairy tale that inspired The Little Mermaid, the mermaid’s sweet demeanor is cut short when the prince marries a different woman whereby which she makes another deal with the sea witch to whisper kill the prince. Not so sweet, is it?

Chainani Seeks to Bring Fairy Tales Back in Beasts and Beauty

Back to Soman… his personal goal to challenge everyone to break the rules a little bit. He wants to bring back the real lessons found in fairy tales but with a modern twist. We are here for it!

Here is what he had to say on the Fast Company’s Creative Conversation podcast episode,

“With this new book, Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales, I set out saying, “I’m going to write a book that’s for adults and kids are going to read it and I’m not going to change any of it to make it kid friendly. It’s going to be an adult book and kids are going to be super into it.” Ultimately, a lot of these rules [in publishing young adult fiction] are just old. I think coming in with a fresh perspective of the publishing industry means you can disrupt and you can be a little bit of a flame thrower, which I do. I’m always challenging everybody to break the rules a little bit, because books are fighting an uphill challenge.”

One thing Soman Chainani says in this podcast episode really resonated with me.

“[After growing up on Disney] I started to realize that my childhood, in a lot of ways, was based on a lie.”

The idea that Disney was touted as the standard story teller. They set the bar for processing and understanding how the world works. The good always wins, the evil always loses. 

This makes so much sense. There is a rather wide disparity because what’s shared in modern media for kids and what really happens. Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales seeks to close that disparity with the kid’s [and parents’] best interest in mind.

Soman Chainani Cites Roald Dahl as a Brilliant Rule Breaker

Another author Soman Chainani mentions in this podcast is Roald Dahl, who he considers a flame thrower in the world of story-telling for children. He too broke the rules and never underestimated a young person’s ability to handle complex topics and storylines.

I think the biggest takeaway here is that Soman Chainani believes we should bring the fairy tales back to the children, how they were in their original form. Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales, is his attempt to do just that!

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales hit the bookshelves on September 21, 2021.

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Soman Chainani

Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life . . . and death.

A prince has a surprising awakening . . .

A beauty fights like a beast . . .

A boy refuses to become prey . . .

A path to happiness is lost. . . . then found again.

New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare.

Other Books by Soman Chainani

The School of Good and Evil Book Series

Books Related to Soman Chainani's Books

There are many magical books for kids out in the world that contain stories of good and evil. Some are based on original fairy tales, others are completely original works. Here are a few books related to Soman Chainani’s, The School for Good and Evil book series that you may enjoy.