5 Books Inspired by the Snow White Fairy Tale

There’s something about fairy tales that draws readers in. Maybe it’s the magic? Maybe it’s the sense of wonder? It could even be that sense of familiarity instilled in us since we were children. Regardless of why these tales have a hold on us, we read and are inspired by these stories.

Snow White is a story that continues to crop up in our cultural consciousness. Much like with Cinderella, we can trace various iterations of this story across time periods and cultures as well. So it should come as no surprise that writers continue to take inspiration from this tale now.

Here are five books inspired by the Snow White fairy tale.



1. “fairest”

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Gail Carson Levine is one of those writers who can draw you in with her fantasy retellings and keep you hooked. Taking place in the same world as Ella Enchanted, the story Fairest follows Aza. Aza is a young woman who has a lovely singing voice that captivates all who hear it. Though her singing talents are heard by a handsome prince, the same gifts also draw the attention of a wicked queen. This story is funny and heartwarming, and it’s definitely worth a read.


2. “mirror mirror”

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If you enjoyed his rendition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, then you will definitely enjoy Gregory Maguire‘s story Mirror Mirror. Taking place in 1500s Italy, Bianca de Nevada is a seven-year old girl who lives in the safe comforts of Tuscany… that is, until the Borgia siblings, Cesare and Lucrezia, are introduced to this tale. When her father is sent on a year-long mission at the behest of the pope, Bianca is left in the “safe” care of Lucrezia, who plots to a horrific fate for the young girl.


3. “the sleeper and the spindle”


The Sleeper and The Spindle
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Neil Gaiman is one of those writers who will constantly pull readers back in with another one of his stories. The Sleeper and the Spindle is no exception to this rule. This is a story that intertwines both Snow White and Sleeping Beauty into one lovely narrative. A queen casts aside her wedding finery to rescue a princess from a curse, and she follows her dwarven retainers into danger to save this woman… a woman who turns out to be more than she seems.



4. “the bloody chamber and other stories”


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This is actually a short story collection. Angela Carter presents a series of gothic stories with romantic undertones in The Bloody Chamber and Other StoriesReaders laud this collection as having beautiful prose and intricate tales that explore the cores of the stories that this collection was inspired by. Carter’s retelling of Snow White is no exception to this rule. Definitely give Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories a read!

5. “fairest son”

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Fairest Son takes place in the faerie courts, and if that isn’t enough to hook you, then hopefully the rest of this blurb will! H.S.J. William‘s tale follows the fairest prince, a being with a prophecy that predicts his demise weighing heavy on his soul. He runs away from the courts in shame, taking up in the cold mountains with animals and goblins. A human huntress encounters the fair prince, and their lives are immediately entangled. The two must decide if they can trust one another, and if not… what then?

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