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Snow White and the Huntsman…

I will admit that I was not enthused to hear that Kristen Stewart was playing Snow White in this newest film adaptation of the famous fairy tale. But even then I knew I’d probably go see it anyway. (After all, I have seen all three Twilight movies so far.) And anyway, I loved Snow White when I was a kid; it was one of my favorite stories to read in my giant fairy tale book.

But now, having seen the first official trailer, it looks like it is really going to be a good movie and I’m actually looking forward to seeing it. And, Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen = fabulous! (Not to mention Chris Helmsworth…)

The premise sounds interesting too. I’m thrilled to see Snow White as a bad-ass, fighting her own battles (with some help of course), rather than a sweet, simpering thing that has to rely on a man (or seven) to save the day. Here is the blurby (yes, that’s the official word) from the official Universal Pictures site

In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) 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 (Chris Helmsworth, Thor) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Clafin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.

The film is currently set to release on June 1, 2012. Universal had originally planned for a December release but after Relativity announced that their film version of the tale, starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White, would release on June 29, Snow White and the Huntsman was moved to release almost seven months earlier than planned.

Update: Go here for info on Relativity’s Mirror, Mirror, release date March 16, 2012. It has Sean Bean!

Check out all the info on the movie here and here.


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Stardust by Neil Gaiman

“One fateful night, Tristran promises his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star for her from beyond the Wall that stands between their rural English town (called, appropriately, Wall) and the Faerie realm. No one ever ventures beyond the Wall except to attend an enchanted flea market that is held every nine years (and during which, unbeknownst to him, Tristran was conceived). But Tristran bravely sets out to fetch the fallen star and thus win the hand of his love. His adventures in the magical land will keep you turning pages as fast as you can–he and the star escape evil old witches, deadly clutching trees, goblin press-gangs, and the scheming sons of the dead Lord of Stormhold.

The story is by turns thrillingly scary and very funny. You’ll love goofy, earnest Tristran and the talking animals, gnomes, magic trees, and other irresistible denizens of Faerie that he encounters in his travels. Stardust is a perfect read-aloud book, a brand-new fairy tale you’ll want to share with a kid, or maybe hoard for yourself.”

I read the book after I saw the movie. I love them both despite their differences. It you’ve seen the film and you’re expecting the story line to follow the script, you’ll be disappointed. As always, much more happens in the book than happens in the movie. There are many more characters as well. I loved it and read it over again every year or so. I would say that this is a good book for young adults as well, however, there are a few spicy sex bits and one epithet so adults be warned before you pass it to your kid to read.

250 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Harper Perennial (first published October 1998)
ISBN13: 9780061142024
Locus Award Nominee for Best Fantasy Novel (1999), Geffen Award (2000), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature (1999), ALA Alex Award (2000)

5 stars