"So who will you be when faced with the end?
When the vultures start circling
And the shadows descend.
Will you cower?
Or will you fight?
Is your heart made of glass?
Or a pure Snow White?"
I love the film Snow White and the Huntsman so when I saw this book of the movie in the supermarket I had to get it. I don't own many film tie-in books and those I do have are of films I absolutely adore, such as First Knight and Braveheart. I bought this one because it's a novel length version of the fairytale and just like the film, this Snow White is much more than a pretty maid who keeps house for a few little men.
This is a nice novel; a classic tale told with simplicity and which has remained true to the spirit of traditional fairytales in style. It is an aesthetically pleasing book, with pretty imagery throughout and charming poetry that you just don't get at all in the film, so that's an added bonus. The quotation above is from the novel, not the film. It's a nice touch which keeps the novel in the style of traditional storytelling.
There are no great surprises - the novel doesn't deviate from the film at all, except in one area where Snow White befriends a white horse, rather than the magical white hart as shown in the movie and in that respect I prefer the film, but only due to the personal memories that scene evokes for me. The authorial voice is skilled and entertaining, while the short chapters make this a good book for busy days or for bedtime reading. There is also a small fold out, double-sided poster in the back of the book that would make a nice print for an older child's bedroom wall. If you, or someone you know, enjoyed the film, then you will probably enjoy this novel version too and it was a steal at about £3.00. I have enjoyed reading it and I'm very glad it landed in my shopping trolley.