Seeing Red

Date of Award

Spring 6-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process

First Advisor

Karen Romano Young

Second Advisor

Gwen Jones


Seeing Red is a YA modern fantasy that reimagines the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” and brings in new versions of known fairy tale characters like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. It focuses on 17-year-old Charlie Ward, who grew up believing she was a werewolf like her family but, after a tragedy, discovers she is something else entirely—a Red. It subverts common fairy tale tropes such as the damsel in distress and the big bad wolf in order to tell a more modern, empowering story. The novel is written in limited third person, focusing on Charlie, though her journey is tightly connected to several other key characters. Seeing Red suggests that power is more than simple strength and that sometimes the obvious choice is not the villain at all—sometimes evil lurks where it is least expected.

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