Fairytale with a twist features two princes charming
A new children’s book is one fairytale with a difference: instead of a prince and princess falling in love, it tells the tale of a romance between two princes charming.
The Princes and the Treasure by Jeffrey A. Miles (published by Handsome Prince Publishing) starts out as a story about a disgruntled king looking for a husband for his daughter, but turns into a quest for two princes who – spoiler alert – get married in the end.
Miles told The Advocate that he got his inspiration from watching a fairytale drama playing out at an amusement park, at which point he remembered his own crushes on ‘handsome princes’ as a boy.
“I knew that I was never going to be a handsome prince because I was never going to fall in love with my own beautiful princess,” Miles said. “That story was never going to happen for me.”
Miles says his book, illustrated with Disney-style characters, is proving a hit with straight parents who had not found a way to broach the subject of same-sex relationships with their kids.
“Kids see that the story is about two people who fall in love and get married,” Miles said.
“All of the kids who have read the story don’t find it unusual that the two characters who get married happen to be two men.
“Kids seem to see that love can happen between two people regardless of the couple’s gender.”
The second adventure for princes Earnest and Gallant, The Princes and The Dragon, has already been written and features the princes starting a family and raising twins, a boy and a girl.
“I also want children to see that two men or two women can create a warm and loving family together,” Miles said.