Linda Parsons


The prince in “Cinderella” tales by Perrault, the Grimm Brothers, and Disney is invariably a nondescript character. In Mechanica (Betsy Cornwell, 2015) and Cinder (Marissa Meyer, 2012), the YA novelized adaptations on which I focus, the princes are fully developed characters who disrupt hegemonic power and relationships. They enact personalized masculinities with characteristics of the Sensitive New Man (SNM) as they envision sovereignty as service, are committed to issues of social justice and engage in egalitarian relationships. The female focalizers in Mechanica and in Cinder have the potential to influence young female readers to develop a preference for men who exhibit SNM characteristics.