I’m backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. Finally. I got myself hyped up…*looks at the water she’s drinking* Well, not that. I was talking with my co-worker and after a day of feeling hyped to do things, I decided to actually do something when I got home instead of staring at the cover of my book and really wishing I was watching Buzzfeed Unsolved. So, The Disney Reads are back!
The Evil Queen!
The Evil Queen is easily one of the most recognized Disney villains out there. I mean, she was the FIRST of her villain kind. She is one of the cruelest and killerish of her kind. I mean, Maleficient just wanted to put a girl to sleep, but the Evil Queen is all like, MURDER MURDER MURDER GIMME HER HEART. However, other stories really give depth to the Evil Queen. Once Upon a Time gives the Evil Queen a HUGE backstory and brings out her motives – the love of her life was killed and she blamed Snow’s big mouth for it. The one with Charlize Theorn brought back a history of men using her abusing her as the reason for her hatred. I mean, to be truthful, the Evil Queen is kind of totally badass with her determination and female power…if only she would stop trying to murder teenage princesses.
What books would be hiding in The Evil Queen’s heart box?
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Do I really need to say much here??? I mean, honestly, it’s all in the name. However, I think the Evil Queen would really be quite interested in this. The Queen of Hearts is a crazy queen of her equal, and I think the Evil Queen would be quite interested to see how Cath got to be the queen she was at the end, and perhaps our Evil Queen could RELATE???? :O
The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy-Tales by Hans Christian Anderson
If you may have noticed last Saturday, I went off about how his version – the original version of the story – wasn’t all adorable and fluffy like the Disney version but just CRAZY and DARK…which, I think the Evil Queen would appreciate it. I think she would enjoy the more darkness that Anderson and Grimm brought to the stories, and I just have a feeling she would enjoy hearing a good tale.
The Queen Underneath by Stacey Filak
This book is dark and gritty and showcases female power. The Evil Queen is totally a badass female herself – although she doesn’t always use that power for good – so I definitely think she would enjoy reading about a struggling queen herself who kicks some butt, takes down some patriarchy, and lives in a dark and gritty world that she’s queen of.
A book the Evil Queen NOT pick up
Lol, every contemporary ever????
Want to read more about The Evil Queen?
Well, you are in luck! There are certainly a lot of Snow White retellings in YA, and there are even Evil Queen specific stories out there! Most recently, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Fairest (part of the The Lunar Chronicles series) focus on telling the backstory of the Evil Queen in a unique way.
UN Right #19
19. Freedom of Expression. We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people.
Sha and I took a bit of a different take on this one. Even though the Evil Queen is evil and kind of crazy, she still has the right to express herself. We don’t know where she came from and her backstory. In the Once Upon a Time and the Charlize Theorn version, the Evil Queen came from hardship and trauma. Her backstory shaped her current version we see. Okay, she certainly shouldn’t express herself in the form of MURDERING people. But she does have the right to be herself.
What do you think? What other books do you think the Evil Queen would or wouldn’t read? What is your favorite version of the Evil Queen? Let’s discuss in the comments below!