A Letter to Snow White: Personal Reflection on a Childhood Favorite

Author’s note: So, this isn’t a typical post for me. But it’s been one of those weeks where I’ve been thinking a lot about something, and the thoughts get so jumbled up in my head that I need to write about it to resolve it. I hope you get something out of this personal reflection of mine, and promise next week I’ll get back to my more typical posts. Thanks!

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Dear Snow White,

I wish I could say you weren’t my favorite as a kid. That I was way more into Belle or Jasmine or Mulan.

But, let’s be honest – I had your doll, I had your dwarves, I dressed up as you for Halloween three times. You were my girl.

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Welcome to Kate’s Curiosities

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“Curiosity,” according to Google, is either:

  1. “a strong desire to know or learn something.”
  2. “a strange or unusual object or fact.”

I’m a girl who is curious about a lot of things, and I’ve accumulated many strange facts about such things. But there was always one thing I loved more than anything. You could even call it an obsession:

Stories.

Now when I say obsession, I mean a life-long, life-defining passion. I could recite the entire texts of Madeline and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves before I learned to read. I would always say it was a “blustery” day, a la Winnie the Pooh. I went to college for the sake of learning what makes a good story (among other things). You’ll often find me looking up Harry Potter facts, Sherlock gif sets, and Jane Austen fan discussions on my computer late into the night, when everyone else is asleep. So, I have a lot of “curiosities”: strange facts and thoughts about stories that I love discussing with people.

Now, there are a lot of places on the internet that talk about literature and media, and create some really awesome crossover material.

I mean, look at Smauglock:

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That’s the epitome of crossovers right there.

Realizing these connections between our favorite works is funny, even thrilling. It adds new dimensions to works we thought we knew.

But I think sometimes we look at posts like this, and believe that pointing out similarities in works is enough to understand them. After all, as my mom always says there’s no such thing as an entirely original work. But the way a story is told, how the elements are utilized, the purpose it is aimed towards – those are every bit as relevant as the elements that make it up. The creatures and themes J.K. Rowling used in the Harry Potter books have been around for centuries, but she combined them in a way that made them seem new again. It’s powerful stuff!

My purpose, in this blog, is to explore these and other elements of popular (and not-so-popular) stories and fandoms, and talk about how writers use similar tropes to different effect. This can help us reflect on what we can take from these stories, as story lovers and as people 

I’ll be posting every Monday. Learn more about the blog here, about me here, and resources here. Check out the links for related works and Pinterest boards, and leave a comment to let me know if you have any thoughts or ideas. 

Happy reading!

~ Kate