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A LOOK BACK: “The Paper Bag Princess”

May 6, 2020 in Patreon, Vile Men, Writing
Cover image for the short story "The Paper Bag Princess" by Rebecca Jones-Howe
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Rebecca is a neo-noir author from Kamloops, British Columbia. Her first collection of gritty short fiction, Vile Men was published by Dark House Press in 2015. She also writes about her writer lifestyle on her blog at

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  • Emily May 7, 2020 at 2:06 am

    Here’s a somewhat random but not so random question… Since you mentioned not liking the original paper bag princess because she wasn’t Princess-ey enough, who was your favourite Disney Princess growing up? And has it changed now you’re a wise old adult 😁 (obviously you can have more than one)

    • Rebecca May 7, 2020 at 8:33 am

      Haha, I liked Belle. She read a lot which I identified with but I also liked The Beauty and the Beast for its Stockholm syndrome story because I CAN’T lie. Now I like Tiana because she reminds me of myself and my writing career, consistently working. I was really bummed that The Princess and the Frog was a flop because I miss the old animated Disney films.

      And while Elsa’s pretty cliche eVeRyOnE’s FaVe PrIncEsS!!!!!! now, I do appreciate how they made her a bit insecure and socially-awkward.

      • Emily May 15, 2020 at 8:52 am

        (sorry for the late reply) Yes, I like Tiana too, she’s one of my favs too and it’s such an underrated film! My favourite princess is Merida! I wasn’t a fan of the Disney princesses around when I was a kid, instead I liked Robin Hood, the rescuers and the sword in the stone – and if we’re going to go all in to contextual stuff, then I notice these are all under dog stories, which is definitely a theme that I resonate with in both my own writing and also the stuff I enjoy to read/watch. Funny huh?

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