Snow, Glass, Apples
By Neil Gaiman
and Colleen Doran (Illustrator)
This Snow White retelling is totally reimagined and nothing like the original. In Neil Gaiman’s adaptation, Snow White isn’t the little innocent sweetheart we all know, but rather some type of blood-sucking monster. In addition, this retelling is told from the not-so-evil queen’s point of view…
“If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch, in the town square, as the hangman heated the fire to white-heat with bellows, watch unblinking as he consigned each part of her to the fire. I would have archers around the square, who would shoot any bird or animal who came close to the flames, any raven or dog or hawk or rat. And I would not close my eyes until the princess was ash, and a gentle wind could scatter her like snow.
I did not do this thing, and we pay for our mistakes.”
I personally loved the twist which was refreshing, and the story is extremely dark and creepy. The writing style is lovely and the illustrations by Colleen Doran are very detailed and stunningly beautiful. I would normally include a summary in my review, but I don’t want to spoil this story because it’s very short and there isn’t much to it.
Just a note that this book does contain very graphic sex scenes and isn’t intended for children.
Overall, I enjoyed this graphic novel and ended up reading it twice. It’s incredibly unique the way it was retold and certainly visually stimulating. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer because it ended way too quickly for me. With it being such a short story without much character development, it was still very good. I wish this would be written into a full-length novel.
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books (August 20, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1506709796
- ISBN-13: 978-1506709796
This book is #7 on my 2019 Retelling Reading Challenge. To see my total progress you can click the image below…
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