This week in the Fairy Tale Retellings Series, I'm focusing on another familiar classic: Snow White. Like Beauty and the Beast, I've only read a few retellings that I enjoyed enough to include in this list; two, to be exact. For the original Grimm version, click here.
Books I've Read:
The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson ~ I've read nearly all the books in this Christian fairy tale retelling series, and I've been unimpressed by most of them. However, this is an exception. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I like that the "seven dwarfs" weren't necessarily short of stature, but were a band of misfits.
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine ~ This is supposed to be a Snow White retelling, but I didn't really glean that from it. Aza wants to be physically beautiful, but instead it's her voice that's the fairest of all. I especially enjoyed how she projected her voice to make it appear that inanimate objects could speak.
Movies I've Seen:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) ~ Aw, the beloved classic from my childhood! What's not to love about this movie? However, it deviates from the original Grimm's version in so many ways, and that's unfortunate because Grimm's version is awesome.
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) ~ This movie wasn't that great, and it focuses more on the Huntsman and the Evil Queen than Snow White. It was entertaining, though.
Once Upon a Time ~ I have to include the ABC show once again. I mean, it's literally all about Snow White, Prince Charming, and the Evil Queen. I like that they gave the queen a reason besides beauty to despise Snow White.
Books I Want to Read:
Beauty by Nancy Ohlin ~ This has a different twist: the evil queen is the one with hair as black as night and lips as red as blood. And this "Snow White" is sent to mysterious boarding school. This might be worth a read.
The Fairytale Keeper by Andrea Cefalo ~ According to the synopsis on Amazon, this story combines history and fairy tales. The synopsis states, "The Fairytale Keeper, leaves the reader wondering where fact ends and fiction begins." Well, I'm intrigued.
Do you have a favorite Snow White novel or movie retelling? Please share in the comments. I'm always searching for interesting fairy tale retellings.