Walt Disney hit upon a gold mine when he turned time-honored tales into cinematic magic. It's hard to think of a classic fairytale and NOT associate one of the "Disney Princesses" with it. The tale of Snow White is no exception.
I've got to think that part of the reason is because at it's core, Snow White is the epitome of good versus evil. The lines are clearly defined; Snow White is innocent and pure, the Queen is vain and evil. It's always fun to read a story where you know there is a bad guy but you don't know who it is until the end. But here, there's no question about who's the dark force hunting Snow White. And we know - KNOW - that in the end, good will triumph.
I'm sure there are a billion other literary reasons Snow White not only prevails, but dominates, among the fairytales. But I want to know what you think? And is the reason for Snow White's popularity something that readers want to see in the books they read today?
Jessie Harrell is the author of Destined, a retelling of a particularly ancient fairy tale, the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche. She loves all of the Disney Princesses as much as her daughters and knows that while she'll never be a princess, she's lucky to have found her own Prince Charming. You can find out more about Destined on Jessie's website.