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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Snow, Glass, Apples is a graphic novel adaptation of a short story by Neil Gaiman (Coraline, The Graveyard Book), Illustrated by Colleen Doran, that retells the story of Snow White from the viewpoint of the "evil" stepmother. Very much for older, sophisticated readers, the book features nudity, lovemaking, and discussions of intercourse, oral sex, and erectile dysfunction. Violent scenes include a beheading, a character having her heart cut out, and a character being burned alive.
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What's the story?
As SNOW, GLASS, APPLES opens, the King takes a beautiful new lover and makes her his queen. Gradually, the King and the kingdom wither away, and the Queen suspects it has something to do with her stepdaughter, a strange young woman with sharp teeth. As those she loves grow weaker, the Queen decides upon a drastic course of action, one that will reverberate across the years.
Is it any good?
Everyone thinks Snow White is a folktale hero, but this erotically charged retelling shows her darker side. Neil Gaiman tells the tale from the perspective of the wicked witch, who struggles mightily to protect her king and their subjects from a strange, blood-drinking little girl. Sensitive readers may be overwhelmed by Colleen Doran's erotic artwork and by frank discussions and depictions of sex. Older, more sophisticated readers may appreciate the intricacies of the art and prose and be chilled by the ending. Gaiman and Doan are a formidable artistic team, and Snow, Glass, Apples finds them in top form.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Snow, Glass, Apples makes an old story new. Why do readers remain interested in old folktales and myths?
How do some people use sex to gain power over others? How is sex depicted on television and in the movies?
Why is it important to maintain control of your own personal story? What happens when you let someone else tell your story?
- Author: Neil Gaiman
- Illustrator: Colleen Doran
- Genre: Graphic Novel
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Fairy Tales, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: dark
- Publication date: August 20, 2019
- Number of pages: 64
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: September 25, 2020
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