CTRL, ALT, DELETE Podcast: #129 Louise O’Neill
Louise O’Neill is an award-winning Irish novelist.
I got to interview Louise O’Neill at Waterstones Piccadilly in May (2018) about the book as part of a live podcast recording. Louise has written a feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid which has just been published by Scholastic. A spokesperson for the publisher said ofThe Surface Breaks: “Christian Andersen’s dark, original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans.”
In the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, Ariel changes her body to please a man, is at the beck and call of her father and she even has her voice taken away from her. We discussed feminism, writing fantasy literature, her inspirations and why Mermaids are back on trend again.
”It’s funny once you become a feminist you can’t enjoy any pop culture, everything is fucking ruined”.”
On her main character Gaia: “I just wanted to see her as a girl who wanted to take up more space in the world.”
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