Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen is a novel written by Serena Valentino, based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, that serves as a prequel to the film, telling the story of how The Queen became the villainous woman she was in the film, with the Magic Mirror having been a strong negative influence on her.
For anyone who’s seen Walt Disney’s Snow White, you’ll know that the Wicked Queen is one evil woman! After all, it’s not everyone who wants to cut out their teenage step-daughter’s heart and have it delivered back in a locked keepsake box. (And even if this sort of thing is a common urge, we don’t know many people who have acted upon it.)
Now, for the first time, we’ll examine the life of the Wicked Queen and find out just what it is that makes her so nasty. Here’s a hint: the creepy-looking man in the magic mirror is not just some random spooky visage and he just might have something to do with the Queen’s wicked ways!
The Queen stood in her chamber nervously and met her lady in waiting: Verona. Verona introduced a young Snow White to the Queen and they embraced. The Queen remembered her mother and promised that she will always be a motherly figure for Snow White. Her mind drifted off to the day when she met the King at her father's mirror shop. Her father was an expert at making mirrors, known as the finest craftsman in all lands. The King met her when she was fetching water from an old well. He told her that she was lovely, and out of all her father's creations, she was the finest. However, the soon-to-be Queen was unsure of her beauty, because of her father's neglect of her as he never told her that she was beautiful.
Verona disturbed the Queen from her thoughts, and they walked out of the chambers. Everyone she encountered had remarked on her beauty, but she was still uncertain deep down.
After the wedding, the King gave the Queen a large oval shaped ornate mirror with beautiful designs, but it made her feel uncomfortable. On the fourth night after the wedding, before dinner, the King gave the Queen another gift: A small box filled with his first wife's writings. It was ornately carved with a sword and heart lock and contained the previous Queen's meagre dowry.
- The Evil Queen
- Snow White
- The First King
- Lucinda, Ruby, and Martha
- Uncle Marcus
- The Huntsman
- Aunt Vivian
- The Evil Queen's father