Ever wondered what happened to Snow White and whether she did live happily ever after? Meredith explores Snow’s story in his novel The Reflections of Queen Snow White. The story begins with Snow White as a mature Queen. Her daughter is getting married and her Prince Charming has passed away. She is feeling depressed and is unable to participate in the festivities surrounding her only child’s forthcoming wedding. Avoiding the guests in the castle, Snow White finds herself in the tower that had been occupied by her stepmother. Climbing the stairs to enter the chambers, she enters the room with trepidation. The neglected room contains one piece of furniture that remains untouched by dust – the mirror that is so well-known in Snow White’s story.
Looking in the mirror, Snow White sees the reflections of her life: growing up in the castle with her father and then with her stepmother, meeting her Prince Charming, her life with the Prince and her relationship with him. On seeing these reflections, the Queen comes to realise certain things about herself.
When I began reading this tale, I was not sure whether I would enjoy it – though I was certainly intrigued by the subject matter. The introduction to the story was a bit slow but, after the first few pages, the reader is introduced to Snow White and our curiosity is roused: why is she depressed? Why will she not see her daughter? What has happened in her past? Many of the reader’s questions are answered once the Queen finds the mirror. It is when she does so that the story becomes interesting. The reader begins to see Snow White as a person and not just a character in a fairy story. In addition, the image of her fairytale life is shattered. Meredith, in his description of Snow’s life, shows us a person who is human and makes choices just as we do.
I enjoyed reading this story and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading all books concerning the fairytales of our childhood. The author shows us a different aspect of a well-loved tale, putting us in the head of a well-known character. His book was well-written and the story line a little unexpected.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This tale was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.)