A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Snow, Glass, Apples offers the chance to talk about how old stories can be retold into something new.
Beware naked young women who approach you in the woods.
Positive Role Models
The queen loves the king and tries to please and protect him, but there are strong forces in opposition to them.
Violence & Scariness
Violent scenes throughout the book. Characters are bitten and fed upon, beheaded, burned in a furnace, and have their heart cut out.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters are depicted naked during sex, without their genitals exposed. Phallic imagery permeates the backgrounds. Intercourse, oral sex, erectile dysfunction, and the suggestion of necrophilia are all mentioned/shown.
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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.
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.
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