Something about Snow-White

Dear reader,

snowwhiteDon’t worry, I won’t go into an in-depth analysis of Snow-White’s psyche. However, there’s something interesting about her and the dwarves, as well as for instance Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and more of her contemporaries that I have looked up.

At some point I incidentally came across a discussion whether or not it was legal to use Snow-White and other fairy-tale characters in a story. This because Walt Disney seems to own all of them and a host more. The interesting part in this discussion was that Snow-White herself is long out of copyright. She was brought to life by the Grimm brothers. Another thing would be the names of the dwarves. Those are invented by people from Disney studios, so using those would be a different thing.

 

The same goes for Hansl and Gretel, Cinderella and all those characters we know from the Grimm and Anderson stories (among others) so well. This may not seem a big deal, but for writers something like this can be very important. There is not much fun in being sued by a large company like Walt Disney or the likes for violating their copyrights. I am glad I discovered this. I may have to take another look at “Snow White revisited”, to be safe and certain.

Input asked on the ninth Hilda book

Yes, dear reader. The ninth book. Book 7, Back to school, has just hit the e-shelf of Smashwords; book 8, which will be titled Dragon Master, is approaching its final words in draft, and I am already looking at number 9.

Now I have a question… if book 9 of Hilda would involve another fairy tale, like Snow-White revisited, which one would that be? Do you have any ideas or suggestions?

I’ve been pondering this for a while, and I thought it might be fun to ask you. If your suggestion is picked, you get a free copy of that e-book. *grin*

This question originally came to life on my Facebook author page, and so far the responses include:

Cinderella (1 vote so far)
Rumpelstiltskin (2 vote so far)
Chicken Little (1 vote so far)
Hansel and Grethel (3 votes so far)
Mother Hulda (1 vote so far)
The Frog Prince (1 vote so far)
Beauty and the Beast (2 votes so far)
Little Red Riding Hood (1 vote so far)
Wassilissa the Beautiful (1 vote so far)
East o the Sun and West o the Moon (1 vote so far)

A little word of warning on book 8: a final draft does not mean it is ready to be published yet, so please allow for a bit of time to edit and proof it. I know that many of you are jumping to read it. It will come.