The blurb for A Snowy White Christmas, my contemporary “sweet” Christmas novella, begins with the sentence “Margaret Snow doesn’t believe in fairy tales.”
My novella is loosely based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a fairy tale by the Grimm brothers. Margaret, the heroine in A Snowy White Christmas, was the name given to the original Snow White. Because the original setting is Germany, the hero, Fernando, is half-German.
But that’s where the similarities end. My novella also explores dwarfism, sickle cell disease, deafness, and animals with deformities.
The witch tests the apple for Snow White. Credit Art by Gustaf Tenggren, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” 1923
So who were the Grimm brothers?
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born to a prosperous couple (the father was a lawyer), Jacob in 1785, Wilhelm in 1786. The family lived in a large house in the village of Hanau, and the boys received their primary education at home. Unfortunately things changed when they were eleven and ten. Their father died, and they no longer had any money. The brothers managed to continue their education and attend law school. But soon afterward they started a different project, which resulted in the famous book “Nursery and Household Tales” (“Die Kinder- und Hausmärchen”), published in two volumes, in 1812 and 1815. They are now known as Grimms’ Fairy Tales.
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