Sunday, 2 December 2012
Advent Heroines Day Two
Day two of our Advent heroines is Snow White. However not the traditional version, instead the version in the latest film Snow White and the Huntsman. I saw this the other day and was impressed by two things. First the special effects, including the magic mirror which morphs into an apparition of liquid glass. Second the fact that the two very strong female leads completely steal the limelight. There is the evil stepmother/queen played by the stunning Charlize Theron. She is thoroughly mean, a character built up in layers with an unhappy backstory of her own to give a reason for her sour hatred. The Snow White character is very definitely a heroine for today while still, at heart, possessing the well-loved traits of traditional fairy tale heroines. Sweet natured but this time with a feisty kick-ass attitude. She is locked up in a tower by the evil queen, gives the huntsman a run for his money and finally, like Joan of Arc riding to battle in armour conquers evil to triumph and save her kingdom on a trusty steed leading an army. She is as far away as you could possibly get from the Disney version but both have their place and show how old tales can have a new twist and be just as compelling. One thing this heroine proves is that as writers, we can mustn't fear taking an old theme, shuffling it about, giving it a different spin and making it work afresh.