Book Review : Snow White and the Huntsman
On the inside cover it reads :
A Novel by Lily Blake
Based on the Motion Picture
Screenplay by Evan Daughtery and
John Lee Hancock and Hossein Amini
Screen Story by Evan Daughtery
After all of that who knows who really wrote this thing!
We have all heard of Snow White, but do we really know the story? Ten years ago Ravenna came to the kingdom to seduce the king into marrying her so she could seek her revenge. The evil queen must consume hearts that are pure to retain her magic and beauty. The kingdom is in disarray under the iron fist of Queen Ravenna and her brother, Finn.
When Snow White is brought out of her imprisonment, to be brought as a final sacrifice for the queen, she escapes into the Dark Forest. The queen hires the services of the Huntsman Eric, who is the only known man to survive the deadly enchantments of the Dark Forest to retrieve Snow White. When he finds Snow White, she is different that he expected, and he finds himself questioning fate.
Adult Point of View
I was surprised that I actually enjoyed this novel.
I felt like Snow White and the Huntsman showed a motivation for the wicked step-mother/queen in her dealings with Snow White, except for her imprisonment. Even the queen cannot explain why she did not slay Snow White when alive she could be a symbol for the people of the kingdom to rally around and destroy her reign, except for a “feeling”. The queen was quite chilling. The shaping of her life by her back story made her more human and I could understand why she was set on revenge, though actually Snow White could have chosen a similar path, showing that ultimately it is our own choice of how we will react to the circumstances thrust upon us. The huntsman, Eric, was a fascinating character because he was uncouth, disgusting but also human and tender. He was another example of a negative choice being made due to the horrible circumstances of his life when his wife was murdered. It was interesting to see how Snow White’s opinion of him evolved. Snow White is a strong female protagonist, as is found in may current YA novels. She has heart, and a sense of justice and forgiveness. In fact, this novel is a coming of age novel for Snow White. I wonder if it could be a surrogate coming of age novel for female readers who have felt like a princess? Finn’s character, as an antagonist, seemed like a spoof on evil and was not as developed as the other characters. He was disappointing, perhaps he should have had a sub-plot to overthrow his sister.
I enjoyed the illustrative details in the novel, the macabre damask wallpaper and the grotesque apple tree. I also enjoyed the majority of the characters and was happy that Snow White was not completely invincible as a warrior. I find it surprising that fairy tales are the big new thing in teen literature and movies right now. Is this because the “Disney Generation” is growing up? (The generation that saw Disney fairy tales like, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast). It is a very violent retelling of Snow White and should be reserved for teens 14 years old and older. It is also a fairly short book making it great for reluctant readers.
I’ve never seen a novel that said it was based on the movie, and that seemed a little weird to me. I was really bothered that the author talked about the pollen of the mushrooms, since mushrooms are fungus and have spores not pollen (is that weird that I was bugged on such a little thing?). Overall I liked the novel and would recommend it.
3.5 out of 5 stars
ps- I guess my daughter is too busy with school and she isn’t reading other books outside of what is required. So, unfortunately she has not read or reviewed this book.