Sleep Like Death

I forgot, as I was writing about Snow and the Seven yesterday, that there are two other Snow White projects in production, involving, apparently, Julia Roberts and Kristen Stewart. In between these and Red Riding Hood, we really are in the midst of a revitalization of passive gals in fairy tales, aren’t we? Snow White is up there on the passivity index. It’s hard to be more of an object than if you’re in a coma-like state in a glass coffin unless you prick your finger on a spindle and end up asleep in a tower for ages. I guess I wonder if the essence of these fairy tales is in the details of the set-up, or in the title characters’ role as objects of rescue. Are our fairy tales are our fairy tales if we make the prince, or poor woodcutter, optional?