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Snow White

As some of you may recall, every once in a while I do a post on my blog about obscure fairy tales that I learned about while doing research for my forthcoming novel, INTO THE WILD.  Well, this week, in honor of the upcoming publication of INTO THE WILD (it's coming out on Thursday!!!), I decided to talk about a very non-obscure fairy tale: Snow White.  If interested, click here.

So, what do you guys think of Snow White?


I love Snow White, I really do. It's a tale that's almost entirely about the relationship between a mother and her daughter, and how it gets distorted under patriarchal conditions.

I have a Snow White rewrite that I'm currently shopping around playing up the homoeroticism in the tale: what does it really mean to be so obsessed with another woman's beauty?

To be honest, I never thought of Snow White as dumb; she's playing out the role that the story needs. Did you ever read Delia Sherman's "Snow White to the Prince"? I think you can find it on Endicott Studio, and in it she articulates an understanding of the tale that I find particularly moving: that SW knows full well that the peddler is her mother, and doesn't care, because she just wants to see her mother smile at her, and feel her combing her hair, the way she used to.
Ooh, I haven't read that yet, but I love Delia's writing. Have you read Changeling? Really excellent.
The longer Snow White I have in my head spins on the idea that Snow White got herself stuck in a dysfunctional situation with the dwarves, and her mother/stepmother is attempting to help her fake her death (a la the friar in Romeo and Juliet) to get her out of there.

January 2008


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