Fables: A Snow White I actually Loved

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Last week I blogged about my lack of enthusiasm for Snow White. This week though, I have changed my mind about the girl. Prior to reading the comic Fables, I had never liked the character of Snow White. She is always made out to be a stereotypical female whose talents include cleaning, cooking, and occasionally combat when it is necessary for her to prove herself. Her story has been changed many times, adapted and reworked to make her into someone new, but despite these changes I was never really fond of her. That is, until now. In the graphic novel Fables, Snow White is smart, witty, and professional. Elements of the comic keep her true to her original fairy tale character, but she is also kind of a badass bitch. She is the person who keeps the underground fable community running. Despite the fact that there is a mayor who is the face of the community, Snow White is the one calling the shots. We see in the very first scene where she is dealing with the issues of Beauty and the Beast that she has the final say in the fable world and that she is not to be messed with. We later find out that she divorced Prince Charming when she found him in bed with her younger sister. She knows what she is worth and leaves him to stand on her own as a strong and independent woman. She does not have to prove herself by fighting off enemies; she is clearly intelligent and capable. Although she does have a budding romance with Wolf, she does not need a man in her life. She does get emotional when she thinks her sister is dead and she is more than willing to get dolled up in a sexy dress from the Remembrance Day Function. She possesses feminine qualities that the original Snow White had: she is beautiful, caring, and capable of love. However, these are not the traits that define her. I didn’t think it would be possible for me to ever like Snow White, but Fables proved me wrong.

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2 thoughts on “Fables: A Snow White I actually Loved

  1. I like what you are saying here. You’re very right in the sense that all of these princesses, including Snow White are made out to be typical women and take part in activities like cooking and cleaning everything, and for some strange reason really liking to do those things. In the graphic novels, it seems that each character is given a greater backbone and back story. We see Snow White as a powerful woman and we also get to know her current life and her past life including her horrible sister, which makes everything much more interesting.

  2. You brought up a really good point in your post that actually made me laugh to myself a little: the original Snow White is definitely your stereotypical female. And when I say “stereotypical female” I mean that she is portrayed offensively so. She cleans the dwarves’ home from top to bottom, washes their clothing outside on a washboard, and even has dinner waiting on the table every day when they come back from a long day at the mines. And she does it all with a huge smile on her face. When I was little I interpreted this as her just being nice, but now that I’ve matured, I definitely “see what Disney did there”. This aspect was also played on in part in a scene where Snow comes up missing, and a dwarf suggests the kitchen be checked, in the film “Mirror, Mirror”. With all that said, I must say I was rather relieved to finally see the princess portrayed as a more headstrong, smart, and in charge female. It’s about time the world starts recognizing female Disney characters as intelligent leaders, rather than helpless damsels in distress, and the Fables comic surely accomplished this.

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