Today sees the release of Catherynne M. Valente’s Six-Gun Snow White, a novella that sets the classic tale of Snow White in the Old West — a trick we’ve never quite seen before. To celebrate the book, and to suggest a little extra reading to those who are excited about it, we’ve chosen ten bizarre, out-there literary adaptations of fairy tales (which, let’s be honest, started out pretty strange in the first place) to add to your library. Maybe not your kids’ libraries, though. After the jump, ten of the strangest, best fairy tale reinterpretations we’ve ever read — and as always, if we missed your favorite, add it to our list in the comments.
Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente
In this novella, Snow White is the daughter of a Crow woman, Gun That Sings, who had been forced into marrying a cruel white silver baron, before dying in childbirth. Snow’s name is the racially sneering equivalent of a fat man being called “Tiny.” Enter the stepmother, and her mirror, which prompt Snow to dress as a boy and escape into Indian Territory, meeting six badass outlaw women, a pony named Charming, and tons of adventure along the way.