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Snow White & the Huntsman [Movie Tie-In] [Paperback]

Evan Daugherty , John Lee Hancock , Hossein Amini , Lily Blake
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June 5 2012
A breathtaking new vision of a legendary tale. Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.

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Lily Blake, Evan Daugherty, John L. Hancock, Hossein Amini

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2.0 out of 5 stars Review from Esther's Ever After Feb. 26 2013
By Brenna TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First of all, I should let you know that I haven't seen the movie version of this (yet). So there's zero comparison to the movie here. I am, however, a big fan of fairy tale retellings - the more creative, typically the better as long as the story still holds some fairy tale charm.

And this is where Snow White and the Huntsman had a great feel - the premise is incredibly creative and exciting, a great way to update an old story by including more action and a stronger heroine. The problem, I found, was that it sacrificed too much of the Snow White story to really resonate and moved at a pace that was too fast to carry out the plot.

Reasons to Read:

1. Plenty of story & action without romance:

I really liked that the romance took a backseat in this story; there was definitely enough plot in terms of drama and action to keep the story moving along nicely without it. I didn't really feel like I was missing anything. And that was extremely refreshing.

2. Darker twist on an old fairy tale:

If you've never read some of the older, more "traditional" versions of your favourite fairy tales, I HIGHLY recommend you do so. It's surprising how much darker they are, especially for those of us who may have grown up with the Disney versions (although I do love Disney). It definitely gives you a better idea of just how versatile these stories are and how there's so much you can do with them. And the darker tales are a bit more fun when you're older.

The problem with the romance which I didn't mention above is that while there is very little (and I liked that), the little that there is ends up being incredibly awkward. There's next to no development for it and it just feels odd and out of place when it does happening.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Snow White & the Huntsman June 6 2012
By Amy Y. - Published on
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This book had so much potential. I wanted to love it. It was good and I think fans of the movie will enjoy the book. Three stars for poor character development and very low writing standards.

I should give it four stars if just because Snow White, in this fairy tale, is not some helpless princess waiting to be rescued by Prince Charming. She is strong, fearless and pretty much ready to take anything on to reach help and avenge her father's death. When she learns that her childhood friend, William, and his father, an ally of her father's, managed to escape when Ravenna, the evil queen, took over the land, she breaks away from the dungeon where she has been locked up in order to reach them.

Eric, the Huntsman, has been struck by tragedy and is led to the Dark Forest to kill Snow White by an impossible promise. His journey is one of the better parts of this book- regaining his pride and strength after all that mattered to him had been taken away and he had become a self-destructive drunk.

I don't want to give away too many spoilers.

Will Eric become Snow White's true love? Or will that fall to her childhood friend, William? Will she escape or will Queen Ravenna have her heart cut from her chest, cementing Ravenna's eternal youth and power? Will she be able to win back her Father's kingdom, destroying Ravenna's evil hold over everyone?

This is no Disney fairy tale. There is lots of bloody violence and dark magic. There is also love, valor and true courage portrayed here.

My biggest disappointment with this book is that there was a lack of character development. Snow White's character was fairly well developed, as one would expect- but Eric had so much more potential and I wanted to see more of William. It felt rushed and it had that 'adapted from a movie' feel to it even though I'm not entirely sure which came first- this book or the movie.

I did love the font and the chapter transitions- very appropriately designed for a fairy-tale-based book. Like so many fairy tale remakes of late, this is truly a battle of good versus evil but with the lines becoming a bit blurred at times.

I do love a princess in armor coming to save the day... and I will be seeing the movie once it is released on BluRay. If you enjoy a strong female lead, you may enjoy this. The writing is not stellar and my soon-to-be-fourth grade daughter had no problem reading several chapters when I was finished- so I'd have to classify this as a super-easy read more for the younger readers than the older. I think most teenagers are smarter than this reads. Just my 0.02! Still, fun to read a fairy-tale adaptation.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing June 7 2012
By OnlyRichard - Published on
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This had the potential to be a really fantastic book. Maybe its because I am an author myself, but I was very disappointed with the storytelling. Descriptions were relegated to "gray" all the time. Emotions and events that could have been explored were glossed over. Battle scenes were left to, "Eric dodged every blow sent his way." Snow White was angry and filled with loathing, which is out of character from what I know of her (and granted, I don't know everything!). I was glad that I had seen the movie mid-way through reading this, because otherwise, if I had read this first, I might never have watched it. I feel that this was a waste of the money I spent. I was hoping for more insight into the characters. :\
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate novelization adds some interesting insight into the film's storyline... June 15 2012
By Ruth Anderson - Published on
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Snow White & the Huntsman was one of my most anticipated films of the summer, and a theater-going experience that left me with decidedly mixed feelings. I loved the visuals and the hints of a unique and fresh take on the Snow White story thanks to charismatic performances by Charlize Theron as Ravenna and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. But overall I felt the film was decidedly lacking in the plotting and character development areas -- with so much potential only partially realized on-screen, I was left wanting more -- and with that aim in mind I decided to investigate the movie novelization. Film novelizations are very iffy propositions, more often than not a slap-dash attempt to capitalize on a movie's popularity. For the most part this SWATH adaptation is a mediocre work of fiction, falling into the same traps as its filmic inspiration -- too enamoured with Snow's world instead of the story's characters. But at best this slim volume offers some interesting additional tidbits of insight into the Huntsman and the Queen, and leaves me hoping for a more character-driven, satisfying second outing, if/when the SWATH sequel comes to pass.

The novelization offers some background information on Ravenna and her brother Finn -- apparently her coup against Snow's father was in retaliation for his attack on her family. Interestingly enough in the film there is no sense that Snow's father was guilty of this crime, no concept of a blood-feud, but it does add an interesting contextual shade to the Snow/Ravenna relationship. The novelization also (thankfully) white-washes at the least the incestuous overtones between Ravenna and her brother Finn, explaining away their almost "mystically" close relationship as a result of their mother's powerful curse.

The best (and I used that term loosely) aspect of this novelization is in the increased depth and insight it brings to bear on the characters of Snow White and the Huntsman (the latter is actually given a name -- Eric) and their relationship. Thanks to having the visual of Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman firmly ingrained in my imagination, I positively relished any extra nugget of insight into the Huntsman's character, background, and view of Snow White (yes, I am a SAP). :)

While Snow and the Huntsman fare the best in the novel, William is white-washed into a bland, barely-there supporting role (he fares much better in the film thanks to Sam Clafin's energetic performance). I think part of the issue is the fact that both Snow and William are seventeen in the book, and while watching the film I reckoned them both a (slightly) more mature early twenty-something. The story's fascination with Snow-as-savior fares marginally better here, in part due to the fact that since most of the novel is told from her point-of-view, we are a little more invested in seeing her "rise to the occasion" to vanquish Ravenna and reclaim her throne.

As novelizations of scripts go, this one does a decent job of translating the SWATH story to the page with adequate if uninspiring prose. It's a quick, fluffy read, and while it does add a few interesting details that expound on the film (most notably, perhaps, there is no ambiguity as to who Snow White favors romantically -- and in this case I couldn't agree with her more!), but like the film that inspired it this is a story that is more concerned with style and world-building than character substance. Hopefully some of these issues will be rectified in the script for SWATH 2...I dearly hope so. The Huntsman deserves it. :)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is there going to be a sequel ? June 6 2012
By mimi bradford - Published on
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Snow White and the Huntsman is an easy read. I found the characters believable. I particularly enjoyed Eric (The Huntsman). Snow White was a breath of fresh air as a brave warrior princess. I was a little disappointed in the Dukes son, William, who seemed more a little boy than a love interest for Snow. The "Wicked Step Mother" was intriguing because the book gave us a reason for her hatred towards the king. I sometimes felt sorry for all that happened to her as a young girl and her brother "Finn" who became her life long champion, all be it twisted brother that he was! The dwarfs were darker than the Disney version, but that made the book better.I would have liked a little more romance, but, after all,it is a fairy tale. I could not put the book down and read it in just a few hours. Young girls will enjoy it too. The Dark Forrest was amazing and I am anxious to see the movie. The ending was a surprise to me, and I'm hoping for a second book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay... Oct. 30 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Exactly the same as the movie with a little more insight to the character's thoughts and actions.
I'm expecting a little bit more for sequel.
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