May 13, 2018

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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