Ripples & Waves: A Queer Retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid by L.A. Witt

I wasn’t planning to review this book, but after reading it, I have thoughts that I would like to share. I have to say that if I have to choose my favourite Disney princess, the little mermaid is it. Which I find that it does have to do with gender being that instead of genitals, she has a tail.

Apart from being a little mermaid retelling which is refreshing in its own. We meet Lir, who is a Merman. Who was always interested in people on land even if this was frowned upon by this mother, the queen since been seen by any humans can lead the end for his own population. However, this is about change when he meets Colin Everroad.

Colin ended up at sea when his boat was founders when he got caught in the middle of an unexpected storm. What he couldn’t understand is that he should be dead, but he somehow wasn’t. On top of that, Colin has some pains on his sides that he can’t explain. What pissed me off was that his homophobic parents cared more about how not to put their family name in a bad light than the well-being of their son just because he is gay.

It’s heartbreaking to think about how many people can’t show their love to each other because their own lives could be in danger. It can break you down, seeing the people you love hurting, and I had that feeling which reading this story. I gave this story a four out of five stars. I would have liked to have a better look at what’s life like under the sea.


Ripples & Waves: A Queer Retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid

3 thoughts on “Ripples & Waves: A Queer Retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid by L.A. Witt

  1. Never read the original, but rumor speaks that the original by Hans Christian Anderson was a metaphor of his love for another man who ultimately turned him down (classic story of gay guy falling for a straight guy).

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