I love the story of Snow White. It has a little of everything… magic, betrayal, jealousy, the fight between good and evil, all that fun stuff. Now, even the Disney version has those things, but the original story is much darker, as is true with most fairy tales, which have been sanitized for modern children—who apparently are hardy enough to play Grand Theft Auto, but too delicate for dark literature!
Of course, like many heroines of the early Middle Ages, Snow White is pretty daft (they don’t call that period the Dark Ages for nothing!) and the queen gets not one but three chances to kill her, once she realizes the huntsman didn’t do the job the first time around. But, despite that, it’s still my favorite, because each time I think I’ve seen or read the very last interpretation I can of it, some wonderful author comes up with another. I’ve read Sapphic, vampiric, erotic and adventure interpretations, even a BDSM one, and each retelling highlights a different facet of the story, sometimes even introduces me to one I hadn’t considered.
Maybe that’s why it remains my favorite. It’s a story in and of itself, yet has enough nuances and levels that it lends itself to true longevity. After all, there’s no higher compliment than imitation and I think Snow White, its themes and sub-plots, will continue to spawn new stories as long as humans still exist.
It’s raining here in the Pac NW – like crazy. So, besides writing, we’ve taken in a few movies lately. I just went to Snow White and the Huntsman, and I enjoyed it. Okay, I really enjoyed watching Chris Hemsworth in down and dirty warrior mode. And Charlize Theron was amazing as the villain. There’s nothing I love more than a good villain—well, except for a down and dirty hero. 🙂
But I did get to thinking…how has this story survived for so long? The original Snow White was a German fairy tale from the early 1800s! And yet, it’s on the silver screen yet again. Is it the symbolism? The red of blood and the white purity of snow? Or is it the everlasting theme of good vs. evil? Or is it the hero/heroine’s quest?
Maybe it’s all of the above. You have large themes, horrible consequences if things go wrong…and hope. And, good wins over evil.
I mean, really. What more could we want?