We interview the children’s authoress whose reimagined renditions of well-loved fairy tales have raised more than a few eyebrows
Meet Amelia Hamilton — dear friend, gifted children’s authoress, and education advocate.
Amelia Hamilton is a blogger and author of the Growing Patriots children’s books. A lifelong writer and patriot, she also loves hockey, old cars, old movies and apple juice. Amelia has a master’s degree in both English and 18th-century history from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her dog Virgil is her co-pilot.
With two books under her belt in the Growing Patriots series, Hamilton’s latest project has encouraged the wrath of just about every left-leaning media outlet on the internet. Taking our favorite fairy tales, Hamilton is reimagining these well-loved stories with one tiny little change — the would-be victims are armed.
Her first installment, Little Red Riding Hood (Has a Gun), was published on NRA Family mid-January. Last week her latest, Hansel and Gretel (Have Guns), hit the internet. They’re great reads and highly recommended (if I do say so myself).
First, a little about you:
LI: Show us on your hand what part of Michigan you’re from.
LI: On a scale of 1 to “die in a fire,” how much do you hate mayonnaise?
A: Mayonnaise is like slimy, tangible evil. Mayonnaise is as though the lies of a thousand politicians turned into a condiment and the world believed it was delicious. I hate mayonnaise like I hate socialism, which is probably at the root of mayonnaise. Wake up, sheeple!!1!
LI: What inspired you to write your first children’s book?
A: I wrote the first children’s book for a friend’s son when he was learning to count, because I wanted him to have something that would also provide a patriotic foundation. I think it’s important for kids to grow up knowing American history and the values on which our country was founded.
LI: Cake or pie?
A: Pie, for the obvious reason that it is better.
LI: The best part of being a children’s author is _________.
A: Doing my small part to keep this republic this republic going a generation at a time.
Let’s chat about your latest project:
LI: How did you come up with idea to rewrite fairy tales with armed citizens?
A: A friend of mine posted something silly about Little Red Riding Hood, and I realized that, if she and her grandmother had been able to protect themselves, all of the violence in the original story (and there is a lot of violence) could have been avoided. It got me thinking, and it turns out that applies to a lot of fairy tales.
LI: Tell us about the response you’ve received from both right and left.
A: Pretty much what you’d expect, but I’d also like to add that there’s a fairly clear breakdown of positive feedback from those who have read the stories and negative feedback from those who have not. The positive reactions have been appreciation for non-violent fairy tales, stories that emphasize safety and show characters who are able to protect themselves rather than being victims, female empowerment, and show hunting in a positive light. The negative reactions have mostly been knee-jerk reactions and made it abundantly clear that these esteemed critics didn’t bother to read the stories before judging them. It’s easy to tell, because the anger is directed towards things that never happened, such as the wolf or the witch getting shot (spoiler alert: neither does) or because they’re too violent for kids (when these stories remove all of the violence from incredibly violent source material).
LI: Hater’s gonna hate, but how hateful are the haters?
A: They’re so hateful, but I just shake it off. As I mentioned previously, those with negative reactions to the stories, by and large, haven’t read the stories. It’s fairly easy to ignore criticism that in no way applies to reality (even when it’s in ALL CAPS).
LI: Your versions are thus far, substantially less violent than the original gory tales, yet progressives are losing their minds because GUNS! Does the insanity make you laugh or cry?
A: I try to be a happy warrior, but it can get frustrating at times. I wish we lived in a world where people would actually, you know, read the stories before deciding what’s in them, but people see the anything about a gun and react without becoming informed. Stories like mine should help people to see that guns are not scary monsters, but the “haters” have already made up their minds based on misinformation. I do screenshot some of the more entertaining tweets that are wildly off base.
LI: Where can our studious readers find your work?
A: Visit ameliahamilton.com for my home on the interwebs (including a link for my children’s books), and nrafamily.org for the fairy tales! Follow me on twitter @ameliahammy and Facebook.com/ameliahammy
LI: Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
A: Hello, readers!
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