Pearl White ~A One Direction FairyTale~

You think you know how the story goes. Snow White meets some dwarves, eats an apple, falls asleep, gets kissed by a prince and lives happily ever after.

If only my life were that simple. My name's Pearl. Pearl White. And unfortunately for me, I'm never even going to get to meet my prince. Because his name is Liam Payne, and he's a member of the boy band One Direction.

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21. Author's Note

So, as I've said before, this is based off of the Grimm Fairytale version of Snow White. There are a few differences that I didn't include though, and here's why.

In the fairytale, Snow White doesn't just eat an apple. Her stepmother first tries to kill her by lacing her stays or her corset too tight, so she passes out from lack of air. Then she stabs her in the head with a poisoned comb. Each time, Snow White has an almost naive air to her, and frankly, after the second time it gives her an air of stupidity in my opinion. I wanted to create a heroine that was less naive and a lot less gullible, so I decided not to include the corset and comb themes in the story. I wanted a heroine that was kick-ass, smart, athletic, pretty, but also with faults like pride, anger, and the occasional (ok, often) moodiness.

As to the queen. In the story, she is obsessed with her looks and vanity and is very proud. I tried to give this more depth by giving Celia an eating disorder, body dysmorphic disorder and schizophrenia. Her mirror isn't magic, but every time she looks into it, it taunts her, telling her she isn't beautiful enough, telling her that she's too fat. She in turn, tries to press this on Pearl.

She's stuck in her own world where Pearl represents everything that she wants to be, and yet she knows that she will never get there because she is aging. Her attempts with plastic surgery to fix what doesn't need to be fixed just destroys her body more. Since some of my friends suffer from eating disorders, I wanted to highlight this to show how the lifestyle isn't glamorous and it isn't a choice. In the fairytale, the Queen goes to Snow White's wedding and they force her to dance in red hot iron shoes until she dies. Again, I wanted to create more depth where Pearl both feels hate and feels guilt for her stepmother, so I thought that Pearl shouldn't be the one to punish Celia for her actions. Rather, Celia's own lifestyle and obsession is what brings about her own downfall.

As to Pearl and her prince, well, I wanted her to have a more realistic relationship. Love at first sight can exist, yes. But kissing dead chicks isn't exactly the most romantic premise when you think about it. In fact, it's slightly necrophiliac. In real life, girls don't get swept away to a castle and live happily ever after. While Liam does save Pearl by giving her CPR and getting her to the hospital, in another way, Pearl also saves Liam by staying on top of his alcoholism and making sure he takes care of himself. They have problems like every couple, problems that don't magically disappear with money, but by working through them and being there for each other, they get through each day.

I hope you enjoyed the story, and thank you for reading!

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