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Review:caoty says:
Okay, so this was a perfect one for me to read because I love fairy tales, and Snow White is one of my favourites from the Grimms' collection.

You've really made it your own here, especially with the changes of the colour of her lips, skin and hair - it starts off as the classic blood/snow/ebony (destructiveness and decadence? /randomthought) combination, fades out, and then ends up the same again, which is all kinds of wonderful.

And the whole metamorphosis thing, from princess to queen - wow - that's actually a pun that I can forgive, because you've written it so well, combining it with the idea of autumn-as-the-transition-from-summer-to-winter thing, so that the eternal companionship of the frosted mirror when she dies is perfect.

And I'm sure there's a ton of other things that I've missed, like how the constant mirrors remind me a bit of Black Swan but in a good way, and how that there are so many layers to this that I will probably have to read this three more times to get it completely.

All in all, as you can probably tell by my inane/insane review, I'm extremely impressed by the amount of work you've put into your strange little experiment. Well done!

Author's Response: I'm so sorry this response has taken me ages!

I wasn't particularly attached to Snow White when I was a little girl, but I do feel like she strikes a powerful comparison for Eileen here. It's great that you felt like the colors worked well, because I worried that maybe they seemed a little overdone or forced. I did try to play with them in new ways throughout the piece, always changing up what they meant.

It is kind of a silly pun on the surface, but I hoped that allowing the beautiful princess and evil queen to end up being the same person would help make up for that :p I did think a lot about the seasons and the cold and the way everything dies in winter there at the end.

Hah, I can see the Black Swan thing, cool!

Thanks so much for this very sweet review :)

Amanda


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