Snow White & the Huntsman Paperback – Movie Tie-In, Jun 5 2012
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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.Read more ›
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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. :)
I saw the movie and LOVED it, then I thought; "OMG, if this was a book, it must be AMAZING!" You can imagine how excited I was to see it there in my local bookstore, sitting there, waiting for me. Calling for me.
So I picked it up, fantastic thoughts racing through my mind!
It was rubbish.
Writing: Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic. The style is more `narrative' and not detailed. There is no decryption to anything; it's as if the author expected everyone to know what everything looked like.
Characters: OK, Snow White's not that bad. A lot of her hero traits were lost...that was a bummer...and I never connected to her like I did for the movie. Eric - oh god Eric - was SO pathetic that I almost felt sorry. He loses her wife, he drinks, morns, drinks some more, and teaches Snow White ONE THING! The summery says that he will train her to be a fearless warrior. He only taught her how to stab someone! Urge. I, for one, loved Will. And I wanted more of him. Sigh; guess that's how the cookie crumbles.
Timing: Horrible. The start is long and dragging and the `fearless battle' in the movie is 4 pages long in the book.
Queen Ravenna: I LOVED HER!!!!! All my favourite scenes - book and movie - have her in it. I wanted more of her, but again; that's how to cookie crumbles.