Monday, July 25, 2016

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M Valente

Despite it's graphic novel-esque cover, Six-Gun Snow White is a short story, not a graphic novel. And one definitely for adults. Valente's Snow White retelling isn't for kids. Valente moves Snow White from the dark forest to the Old West. And it's amazing. I would have never thought of this kind of retelling.

Valente weaves the Snow White tale with Native American folklore.  Snow White is so much more than a Disney princess here. In fact she's no princess at all. And there's no prince and no rescuing. Definitely a more feminist retelling. Sometimes the story is hard to understand with all the magic and mysticism thrown in but still very beautifully told. Despite it's shortness, I took my time reading it. Valente's a beautiful writer and I enjoyed every word. I highly recommend this for fans of retellings especially if you like when other cultures get mixed in. Others who shared their thoughts on Six Gun Snow White: Book Swoon, Mermaid Vision Books, and The Literary Omnivore.


  1. I don't read a lot of short stories but I love a good retelling. The cover did make me think this was a graphic novel!


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