Monday, April 30, 2012

PULP Summer Slam XII: The Apostles

The last Saturday of April is all about rock and heavy metal overload! Six local bands (Chicosci, Franco, Kamikazee, Urbandub, Sin, Intolerant) and six foreign bands (We Came As Romans, Darkest Hour, Periphery, blessthefall, August Burns Red, and Arch Enemy) rocked Amoranto Stadium as The Apostles.
It’s my first ever PULP Summer Slam experience—I wasn’t allowed to attend the previous music fests because of my asthma, and they never believed I’d be able to survive in the mosh pit. Well, being part of a media, I was granted a PULP Royalty pass. Didn't have to squeeze myself in the suffocating wall of people. ;)

Snake PitVIP’s this way (photo courtesy of Eena)

Among the foreign band lineup, I only knew ABR, BTF, and AE. I have to confess I wasn’t a rabid fangirl of anything heavy metal, though I do listen to them when the mood strikes. At the end of the day I knew I have to check out the discography of other bands. So far, I’m liking what I’m hearing. Everyone sings about hope, faith, and positivism! :)

SlamWe Came As Romans (photo courtesy of Andy Glass)

As expected, there were water bottle wars, crowd-surfing, walls of death, and lots of moshing. We at the Snake Pit and VIP lounge were quite protected, though for a couple of times  empty bottles came flying at us and a blanket of dust enveloped the whole place for a while. It was really fun—we kept on jumping, banging our heads, and pumping our hands in the air as every band played.

PULP1The sweat-drenched—and sweat-smelling!—GALA girl foursome (Mamu, Debbie, moi, and Eena) resting during the lengthy soundcheck time for blessthefall

I realized the next morning that I ruined my new ballet flats. From jumping or from being stepped on a little too often, I wasn’t really certain. All I was sure of is that it was from the Snake Pit mayhem, and hey, it’s but  a little price to pay for all the fun I had! :)

August Burns Red

Speaking of chaos at the VIP place, there was a time when we were all jumping to the music and one boy accidentally shoved me. It didn’t hurt me or anything…or maybe I just didn’t notice. I guess I was too overwhelmed by August Burns Red’s performance that I kept screaming and bouncing. Suddenly, this bouncer popped right beside me and unobtrusively shielded me from the surrounding musical confusion. I was baffled at first until Mamu explained how he saw me being ‘shoved.’  Well…it wasn’t my fault I look like a kid being trampled by big metalheads, right? Haha! The bouncer lingered around us for a few performances until he was sure I wouldn’t be stomped flat by the other people. It was so nice of him, haha. :p

Arch Enemy

We left after the epic performances of melodic metal band Arch Enemy. Our bodies’ batteries already needed some recharging by that time, and it was already one in the morning. And all the dirt and grime we accumulated from a whole day of hardcore rock and roll was…quite horrendous. Haha!

Still, it was a one of a kind experience. I’m thinking of joining the thirteenth music fest next year. :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Recipe for Success

Here’s a little recipe I’ve formulated for a special feature about a confectioner in Gala magazine. It applies to pretty much everyone, so I thought of sharing it here. :) Have a grand week ahead, netizens!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup perseverance
  • 1 bowl love for work
  • 1 sachet Life’s All-Purpose Mixer
  • 3 tablespoons hope
  • 2 tablespoons patience
  • 1 gallon fun (laughter flavor)
  • 1 gallon focus
  • 1 bottle God’s guidance
Procedure:
  • Mix a cupful of perseverance and a bowlful of love for work.
  • Add a dash of glitz and a pinch of grit from Life’s All-Purpose Mixer.
  • Throw in three tablespoons of hope and two tablespoons of patience.
  • Sprinkle abundantly with God’s guidance. Stir well until it becomes experience.
  • Bake until it becomes firm enough to stand the pressure of everyday challenges. Leave it to cool for a few moments, and then proceed to decorate it with your heart’s desires.
  • Don’t forget to add fun, but balance it with focus on your goals.
  • Serve in generous helpings and enjoy!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Even before we met.

A Telltale Spark.
Doodle + Story fragment #1

Weird

“You’re weird,” she whispers. Her lips have long since exorcized the ghosts of smiles that frequently flit there, but a telltale spark in her eyes betrays her amusement.

“You too,” he replies, his breath catching.

And in that moment, they both realize they knew each other even before they crossed paths.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Judas Kiss (It’s Fringe meets Queer as Folk)

Gone are the days when LGBTQ films only go in coming-out-story flavor.

Just last week, when I was searching for foreign independent films after an officemate recommended an Italian movie with a gay protagonist (Mine Vaganti), I stumbled upon J.T. Tepnapa’s Judas Kiss.  I’m initially skeptical but I knew better than to label it “just another gay flick,” especially after knowing it’s science fiction-ish in nature. (Yup, I’m that much of a sucker for sci-fi—sorry for the bias! Haha).

JUDAS KISS dvd

Here’s the blurb from IMDB:
Failed filmmaker Zachary Wells is convinced by his best friend and hotshot director Topher into replacing him as a judge in their film school's annual festival. Zach's one-night stand with a student backfires when that student walks into an interview the next morning calling himself Danny Reyes, the name Zach went by when he attended the school. And Danny's film, "Judas Kiss," is a finalist in the competition Zach is judging. Zach's film, also "Judas Kiss," won the festival years before. 
As Zach scrambles for answers, a mysterious, chain-smoking campus tour guide, counsels him: "Change the kid's past, change your future." But how? Zach comes to believe he can mend his life by disqualifying Danny from competition, putting him on a different path than Zach followed. But will Zach's plan work?
Sounds pretty trite, eh? The classic “regret” time-travel theme has been around ever since I can remember. I bet most adults have been asked at least once in their life what they would tell their younger selves if they could go back in time. And everybody knows its counterpart question that young ones usually face: how do they see themselves fifteen years from the present? Judas Kiss took these two questions and put a literal spin on them.

However, the film does not rely heavily on its central sci-fi element; the mechanics of the little quirk in time and space isn’t even explained. There are completely no answers to the technical “how’s” and “why’s,” and all those rules about Grandfather Paradox and the prohibited tinkering with the past are dismantled. I wasn’t disappointed in any way, though. The focus is obviously on the characters, and this approach brings the storyline closer to the audience, establishing an instant rapport through relatable experiences couched in the language of love, decisions, and second chances.

Danny
Danny meets Danny.
Bringing “introspection” to a whole new level.'

Most of the characters are well-rounded. Danny Reyes (Richard Harmon) is an ambitious sophomore filmmaker who will stop at nothing just to reach his dream of becoming a famous Hollywood director.  He has the necessary flair, but bad decisions and a dark past reduced him to a washed-out filmmaker who calls himself Zachary Wells (Charlie David). Zach’s life can be summed up into partying, going to rehabs, and working as a part-time waiter who shoots wedding videos on the weekends for some millionaire’s spoiled daughter.

I love how Harmon portrayed smug young Danny; to me, he successfully managed to be the epitome of teenagers’ off-kilter thinking that they are invincible. David is equally commendable in depicting “that guy you don’t want to be when you grow up,” although he still has a dapper swag that I think shouldn’t be apparent in a character like Zach.  I guess there’s a little bit of  miscasting too, but other than that, the actors delivered well.

CW and Danny
Filmmaker Boys in Stealth Mode. "Look, Shane is amazing...but you? 
You know about Aspheron lenses and 36 F.P.S.”

One of the things I really liked about Judas Kiss is that while it’s a gay film, it’s not a film about being gay. It’s only gay in a sense that the main characters are homosexual. The society where  the characters move is not exactly an LGBTQ utopia, but the usual concepts of coming out, homophobia, inequality, etc. are not addressed heavily unlike in  other gay films. There are a few mentions about these, but they are completely untethered to the main point of the story.

Moving on to other characters: Chris Wachowsky (Sean Paul Lockhart/ Brent Corrigan) is the sweet,  doe-eyed heartthrob who won the previous Keystone Film Fest. He takes an immediate liking to Danny when they meet. However, all he can afford to establish with the younger boy are wasted kisses and secret rendezvouses, because Shane Lyons (Timo Descamps), son of Hollywood’s wealthy film financiers, openly tells him that “[Danny] is mine.” Shane has Chris wrapped around his little finger for some reason, too…

And there, ladies and gentlemen, is your love triangle.

dontfuckupSean Paul Lockhart: Proving he’s not just all about the physical'

Chris is no different from all the Nice Guy stereotypes completing fictional love triangles polygons I’ve encountered in a lot of other movies. That said, do forgive me for jumping on the bandwagon and flailing imaginary pom-poms when he’s on! :p  Lockhart is a pretty good actor—that’s not saying much, I admit, since he played a not-so-demanding role here.

He’s a new face to me, and I didn’t need to go farther than YouTube comments to find more about him.  Imagine my astonishment when I discovered he came from the pornographic film industry! (Call me prude, but I still can’t bring myself to Google decent pictures of him for fear of stumbling upon something traumatic).

When the shock subsided, I became a little sad about the fact that his past would continually follow him everywhere, magnetizing judgmental remarks from people who know him. I just wish him luck; the boy is not afraid to get out his comfort zone, which means he’s determined to grow up. :) Come on, who knows? He can succeed if he’ll work for it. Sylvester Stallone himself started with adult film projects.

(Whoops. Sorry for digressing.)

DannyandAbbyAbbey the Best Girlfriend: “You and I are Dorothy and her friend!”

I don’t know if anyone else finds her significant and beautiful (what with the eye-candies everywhere), but I completely adore Abbey Park (Julia Morizawa). Snarky, talented, and feisty, Abbey is the kind of girl that offers friendship like no other. She’s always there for Danny no matter what; she’s cynical at times, but she can always cheer him up. Morizawa nailed the role to perfection and she managed to stand out acting-wise. I look forward to seeing more of her in other movies.

DannyandZachThat heart-pinching moment. Fixing your past, fixing his future.

Aside from time travel, romance, friendship, and redemption, the film also features dark daddy issues, epiphanies that at times seem a tad too mundane to be considered major twists, and a film-within-a-film concept that the director seems to love so much. Miniature Inception’s are awesome, I realize. :p Fortunately, the whole film did not end up like a patchwork of many things. The cohesion and continuity is superbly solid, from scenes to character habits to dialogues. Work of a genius.

Plot holes and unanswered questions do abound, however, and I’m not even going to count the time travel thing because that’s unfair. For one, I think Zach should have at least recognized his younger self. There are also a few vague spoilery issues with Danny’s father; existence of characters like Mrs.Blossom—who for some weird reason knows what Zach is going through the whole time—begs for a thorough explanation. I also can't help but to ask, how many parallel universes are there exactly? How many alternate realities? My cranium hurts.

All in all, Judas Kiss is an engrossing albeit confounding movie. Many elements were borrowed from existing stories, but the creators managed to execute the narrative from a different angle that grabs hold of the audience’s mind and heart.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fanart Fun Feature 04

I know I’m weeks days late, but still—happy 32nd birthday Relena Darlian-Peacecraft! And happy 17th anniversary, Gundam Wing! (Dang, has it really been that long?)

I thought of posting here Relena’s famous birthday party official art, but I’m fickle  I decided to just make this week’s Fanart Fun Feature 04 dedicated to GW. Fair enough? Here’s Pilot 04 aka Quatre Raberba Winner (with a few cameos from other characters) depicted in some of the prettiest styles I’ve seen in the Internet.

Qbow

gropRL

dontcryIria

Qdesert

rlQ

I can’t attach any credits to each art right now because I’ve saved these on my laptop a long time ago, but you can find all these at fuckyeahquatrewinner, along with the links to artists’ pages.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult, Drama, Romance
My Rating: ★★★★★

The Fault in Our Stars

How would you feel about life when you know that—after some kind of a miracle that postponed your meeting with the Grim Reaper—it’s only prolonged by a tankful of oxygen? How would you feel if your breaths are dependent on the said tank, which is tethered to you like an ominous shadow?  The final chapter of your life has finally been published, and all these medicine and hospital visits represent the recklessly scrawled, long-winded epilogue. Then, when all you’re waiting for is that final punctuation to close your tale, a reason to actually be glad to be alive popped up in front of you. The reason’s name is Augustus Waters.

This is The Fault in Our Stars, the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, sixteen-year-old stage IV thyroid cancer survivor. But don’t throw it away just because you realized it’s “just another cancer book,” because in reality, it is not.

This is not a story about death—this is a story about life.

First of all, I want to say that I’m not particularly fond of novels that obviously use the theme of death only because the author knows it will sell like pancakes. I’m not averse to writers wanting to make the readers feel, but using the same formulaic thing over and over comes off as a mere strategy for commercial success. To me, capitalizing on something that guarantees an easy, heavy emotional impact from the audience sometimes feels like cheating. I believe you can touch, pinch, twinge, or even break the hearts of readers using (1) plotlines that do not require the attendance of some scythe-toting skeleton guy or (2) new material that does not zero in on the subject matter begging for tears. Countless of novels about cancer already exist; when I heard about John Green writing one, I backpedaled a little. But what can I do when a larger chunk of my nerdfighter heart trusts Green and all the stories he spins to life? I went through The Fault in Our Stars…and I’m more than glad I did, because even though it’s not perfect, I think it’s one of the best contemporary young adult books that I have read.

Hazel Grace is perhaps the best Green heroine so far. She gets her own humanity, refusing to take the mold that Alaska Young of Looking for Alaska and Margo Roth Spiegelman of Paper Towns share (there’s someone in the novel that squeezes in the cast, though: the enigmatic and “bitchy” Caroline Mathers). While she still exhibits what I fondly call JG’s Smart Kid Syndrome, her raw honesty about life are impactful, especially because the readers take it as the acumen of someone who came so close to Death’s embrace and knows that Death is still an arm span away from her.

But if you’ll ask me who I think takes the spotlight here, I’ll say it’s Augustus. A glimpse of the world from his perspective is never shown, but this is not deterrent for the readers to see he’s perfectly clad as the star-crossed hero. I kind of saw his fate a long, long way before it was revealed, but that knowledge didn’t prepare me when that time finally came. He’s just so alive, so hungry for more truths about the world, so funny, and so beautiful a person that his fate appeared to me as a crime when it took its course. In a short span of time, I've grown to love this boy.

Hazel and Augustus’ situation did not transform their love to something you can banner as an extraordinary romance. The book is too honest to subscribe to this trope, and for this, I commend Green. I’ve grown tired of love stories trying to flaunt their magic or whatever because of instances that Lady Luck frowned upon. Hazel and Augustus’ relationship is about as complex as any realistically tragic story—they know they’re an unlucky pair, and they have no choice but to accept that.

This leads us to the cornucopia of wisdom this book offers the readers: what it means to be alive, what it takes for a person to leave a mark, what happens to the people you leave behind, why unfairness seems to be a constant ingredient in recipe of mortality, and how you can say you have lived a good life. If you think about it, The Fault in Our Stars just enumerates things we already know, except that Green shifts the angles of his writing lenses a little so we may see the facts in a new light. It’s refreshing, well-written, and powerful enough not just to make me think, but also to make me laugh and cry (and sometimes both at the same time).

I also have to say I love the Peter van Houten part. In a way, we are shown a facet of love affair with books that can strike a chord with anybody who has been totally invested in a work of literature. Do the characters live long after you’ve flipped the last page, or do they stay as the fictional creations that they are, flat and unmoving on the pages?

This is a great read all in all. I’ll give it 4.5/5 stars! :) 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Wordle!

I’ve been pretty much occupied with reading and writing (both work-related and not) the previous days, so I’m sorry for the successive drizzle of updates I throw on your dashes all at once! I rarely visit my blogging sites when I’m busy, but I always make sure I don’t neglect them. Unfortunately, the schedule-poster’s always acting up so I always end up publishing multiple posts. Really sorry!

Anyway, I just thought of sharing with wordsmiths and prosemeisters out there  a useful little tool I discovered a couple of months ago. It’s Wordle, a word cloud generator. The largest words in the cloud represent those that are frequently repeated in your text.

Pahiyas word cloud

TAGCOM word cloud

I used the application when I penned my articles for our magazine’s sophomore release. I actually find it very useful when I’m creating short stories ages ago, for it tells me what I use the most when conveying the characters’ emotions (the EYES are the most prominent) or the characters’ actions and speeches (the dreaded “SAID,” oh my god). In articles I used above, well, it practically reminded me that synonyms are my friends. Haha! Be careful in using synonyms though, just because the thesaurus indicates it doesn’t mean it’s always exact. ;)

Have a good week ahead!

Augustus Waters

Augustus

“I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

-Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Some Fragments from my Story Graveyard

Of Tethers and Tears

I. Clark.

Whether her smile enchants or haunts him, he doesn’t really know. All he knows is that there is this eerie kind of warmth enveloping his chest whenever he tries to dredge up the smile  from the piles of black-and-white scenes filling up his memory bank. But when he sees the smile in person, an unusual coldness slithers up his spine, like a snake that can kill him in one icy, poisonous bite. It gives him the creeps, but at the same time, he likes it.

Sometimes he wonders if she notices his tensing up whenever he comes up the counter, a 5-inch vinyl record in hand.

“Belle and Sebastian,” she says one time through the upturned corner of her lips, sliding The Boy with the Arab Strap into a plastic bag. “They sound so much like The Smiths, don’t you think? A tad too twee perhaps, but it’s obvious they love Morrissey.”

He can only nod stupidly at her. She tilts her head to the side and, like she always does, flashes a sad sort of smile at something behind him. And like he always does, he looks over his shoulder, only to find nothing but the cover of new releases glinting under the fluorescents. He shrugs and goes out the store, feeling both haunted and enchanted...again.


II. Viola.

She likes to think of herself as some kind of a seamstress. Every time he rips a part of her heart open with a new wound—by saying a word as blunt as a blade, or by not speaking at all when she wants him to—she can always find a way to stitch it together into a new, prettier shape. Sometimes she thinks it drives him crazy. Sometimes it drives her crazy, too, but it’s the only way she survives.

She waits until the last note of the door chime makes peace with the air before she acknowledges his presence.

“He left again with a Belle and Sebastian record,” she says to him matter-of-factly. Her eyes shine brightly, but they cannot veil her pain. “Won’t you follow him? I bet he’s going to give it to you, like all the previous records he’s bought.”

She watches as he rakes his fingers through his hair and bites his lower lip. Then he says, without any tinge of accusation, “He loves you.”

“Maybe not,” she shrugs. She attempts to give him a genuine smile, but it crumbles away, giving way to a lonely, upturned frown. She hates it when he looks at her like that, his eyes brimming with sadness that will never spill.

“And here we go again,” he says through a mirthless laugh. “Please. Spare me all the pain. I can’t feel them anymore.”

“But I…”

“I don’t want to hear it.”

He drifts out of the store, perhaps to follow Clark, leaving a new cut across her heart. Like he always does. She’ll just stitch it together later, in bed tonight, when she prays for a miracle to happen. She wipes away her tears; she’ll pray for him to love her back, even when their worlds can’t merge anymore.


III. Josh.

“She knows all this stuff about Belle and Sebastian. Every time I buy new singles, she says something new about them. I’m so dumb I can’t understand a word she’s saying, but you? I bet you’ll love talking to her.”

Clark puts the record down on the grass. Josh hovers behind him, shaking his head as if to sarcastically say, you have no idea. He crouches beside his friend and watches how he lazily traces the carved letters on the stone. He fights the urge to touch his fingers.

“Dude,” Clark breathes. “I think I love her.”

“I know,” Josh replies, his voice a ghostly twin of silence. “And I love you.”

He doesn’t regret that he’s not able to admit it when he’s still alive, that he will always be unheard now even if he shouts it. What’s the point? Clark will never reciprocate it anyway. Sometimes the fact that Clark can’t seem to get over his death gives him fleeting happiness, but it’s wrong, and selfish, and delusive. It’s ridiculous, but he still wants him despite all these thoughts…

“You know,” Clark speaks, his fingers still on Josh’s name on the gravestone, “sometimes I wish you never left. I mean, I kinda miss us hanging out. And you can help me with her, right? You'll know what to do. It drives me nuts, not knowing what to do.”

“I wish,” Josh mutters sadly, inaudibly. “I have to let go. Damn, I don’t even have anything to hold on to about us, right? But yeah, I wish I know what to do. With you, and with myself.  Sometimes I wish I just vanish so you two can work it out.  But you…I don’t know. You tether me here. I can’t go away from you. And Viola—damn psychic, she pushes me to you. Even though…”

Even though she loves me.

And with that, he knows that the three of them are at an impasse.


____

A/N: This is one of the fragments from my story graveyard, a folder in my laptop that contains stories I meant to write as something longer (i.e. novels) but I abandoned when my muse evaporated. There are some of them that are begging to be resurrected. And perhaps I will, sometime in the future.

GALA Magazine 01 (feat. The Hunger Games Movie Review)

Gala v.01

Finally! Our first baby is born! I feel like a proud writer-mom; we crammed a bit, but biases aside, I think the end product is still awesome. Here’s the maiden issue of the country’s premier events magazine, GALA. From fun runs to concerts, product launches to trade fairs, we got it all covered! Grab your copy now in the bookstores nearest you (sorry, but it’s for peeps from the Philippines only!).

HGames

As I’ve mentioned before, there are only two writers on GALA, and I very much love it that I was given the chance to write about The Hunger Games there. Here’s an excerpt:
Much to the approval of many bookworms who loved the novel to bits, the film adhered closely to the source material’s storyline. Some of the changed scenes would induce little to no rants from the fans, because Ross’ paint-by-number approach was well-played and it just added more layers to the intricate world already present in Collins’ narrative… 

Anyone who had encountered The Hunger Games in its printed form would know that even if the gladiatorial match was flaunted as the focal occurrence, the lynchpin of anything and everything is none other than the main protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. And truth be told, if there’s one thing in the movie that took the cake right off the bat, it was Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal as our very own arrow-toting girl on fire.”
See the full story—grab your copy now! :)

Holly Cow! :)

One of the many things that made my day last Sunday was this. I was covering an event at Robinsons Place Manila (and live-tweeting but not necessarily leaking anything I’ll be writing about it) when Holly Black tweeted about her book Black Heart, the third installment in her Curse Workers Trilogy (White Cat, Red Glove). I responded to her tweet, and…she tweeted back!

HB

Just a few words, but like my answered fanmail from Keith Thompson ages ago, it made me a happy bookworm. :) Now I’m becoming more and more excited about the release of Black Heart. It’s supposed to be out on April 3rd in the States, but I’m not sure here in our country. :3

Monday, April 2, 2012

Trivia Time: Snow White

 
SWphotograph by Baltazarart
Snow White trivia:
  1. A historical figure? Eckhard Sander, a German scholar, wrote a book called Schneewittchen: Marchen oder Wahrheit? (Snow White: Is it a Fairytale?) where he pointed out a lot of similarities between the children’s story and the life of Margarete von Waldeck, countess and the lover of Philipp II of Spain.Because of her allegedly bad relationship with her stepmother, Margarete was forced to leave home at an early age and live in Brussels. She grew up in a mining town where children are forced to work in the copper mines. Working conditions in the mine and malnutrition affected the children’s health and growth, and as a result they are ridiculed as “dwarfs”. Margarete’s love affair with Philipp II is frowned upon by the latter’s relatives since no real political benefit will be gained if the two get married (remember that politics is more important than love in their time). To get rid of Margarete, she is believed to be poisoned.
  2. Cannibalism. The latest versions of Snow White say that the Queen orders a huntsman to bring the Princess’ heart in order to prove her death. However, in the earlier versions, the Queen didn’t just ask for the heart—she asks for the lungs and liver as well, to be served as dinner that night. Some sources say that this is so that the Queen can enhance her beauty when she eats Snow White’s entrails.
  3. Incest. It is said that the Brothers Grimm has two versions. The first one, also known as the “peasant version”, does not have a stepmother or a Prince; instead, the mother kills Snow White because she is jealous of her husband’s overwhelming affection for their daughter. The father finds out, kills the mother, and then tries to revive Snow White. This tale is said to involve a lot of incest and conflicts with Christian values at that time, so it is “sanitized”.
  4. Necrophilia? Contrary to Disney’s lighthearted happy-ending tale, a lot of earlier versions of Snow White say that the princess was not woken up by the handsome Prince’s magical kiss. The Prince stumbles upon the glass coffin of Snow White and, enchanted by her beauty, begs the dwarfs to give her to him. Now what does he want to do to a dead girl’s body? You answer that yourself. En route to his Kingdom, his horse jolts the coffin and shakes Snow White. This causes a poisoned chunk of the apple to be dislodged from her throat, bringing her back to consciousness.
  5. Perverse Dwarfs and Huntsman. Several analyses of the story say that most of the characters in the story are pervert. It is said that the dwarfs take in Snow White because of her beauty. The reason why they put Snow White in a glass coffin is so that they can stare at her. The huntsman hired by the Queen spares Snow White’s life because he likes her looks (in the sanitized version, her life is spared because the huntsman saw her putting an injured little bird back to its nest).
  6. Punishment for the Queen. There’s a varied array of punishments for the Queen in the old and newer versions of the tale. Some said she is killed by the dwarfs; some said she is thrown off a cliff. The most popular death sentence for this villain is dancing in a pair of heated iron shoes.