Triple Feature: Fables of the Undead #4-6

The first few short stories for Halloween month is here! A year or two ago, I did the Fables of the Undead’s first three books (which are more like short stories). They belong to a bigger group of books called Zombie Kids Books by Dina T. Seth.

We are back with the remaining three books of Fables of the Undead series. You can check out my review of the first three HERE.

Beauty vs the Beast (Book#4)
by: Dina T Seth

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When her father inadvertently brings the zombie plague to the Castle of the Beast, little does Belle know that she will have to live there too, as the sickened Prince’s prisoner. But how long can she survive against a zombified Beast before she too falls prey to the terrible sickness? – Goodreads

Beauty vs. the Beast doesn’t quite have the charm the first three had. For the most part, the stories are still morphed but they are predictable, even in how our Disney princess Belle gets zombified. The writing didn’t feel as engaging either but it did give a more honorable take on Gaspard (aka Gaston). Some of the description is very vivid near the end and I still question how suitable it is for kids to read but they do hold a horror element and those descriptions are usually at a minimum. However, the idea of Disney princess as zombies still has an appeal to me just because I like how they twist the story around. The pacing here is a little lacking but it remains a quick read. Plus it makes an effort to link to a previous story and that helps with the story while still keeeping it a standalone story.

Sleeping Zombie (Book #5)
by: Dina T Seth

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Cursed by the Witch Queen, baby Princess Talia spends eighteen years living in fear of needles. But when the inevitable happens, an ancient curse of the undead is brought to Vernalia Castle, and the Princess and all its residents must be preserved by a magical spell……One hundred years later, a brave knight discovers the castle hidden within the Deep Forest of thorns, and inadvertently wakes up a zombie horde. Can he escape a living tomb of risen royalty, zombie fairies and a fearsome undead dragon!? – Goodreads

Sleeping Zombie is a twist on Sleeping Beauty. I’m sure its all wildly apparent. This story starts piecing together the whole series where we see a connection to the zombie plague that has broken out. Its not hard to imagine what will happen especially since I’m not a kid anymore. However, this book is a bit more exciting. It plays similarly to the original and the twist is rather apparent however, the characters here are fun to read. There is more to think about and more to look forward to. There is a solid setting and it seems that the plans of why this undead plague has hit the fairy tale world is starting to reveal itself of who the culprit is.

Rapunzel-Tower of the Dead (Book #6)
by: Dina T Seth

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For seventeen years, Rapunzel has been held prisoner in a hidden tower. Her only contact with the outside world is via her “mother”, the evil Witch Queen – and now her slave, the brave knight Sir Cecil. Unfortunately for them all, a century-old zombie plague has awoken in the nearby Kingdom, and Rapunzel’s prison has become a tower of the undead. A Sir Cecil fights to protect her from the risen dead, little does he know that Rapunzel is infected too… – Goodreads

This is what I’m talking about. The last book of the Fables of the Undead wraps up the story a little more. We have continuing characters and links back more to previous books. It is well-paced and pretty clever with what it does. I don’t know much about the Rapunzel story other than her long hair and being in a tower so it didn’t matter to me how it would go since it would all be a surprise. However, it is fun to read and pretty exciting with some action and some mystery and even a bit of romance. There was a nice balance to everything. It is definitely a fun read. Even if you haven’t read the previous books in the series, it would matter too much either.

Overall, Fables of the Undead series is good because these books are standalone stories but keep a few links to make sure that it still has some connection. It is quick and short and rather easy to read. Some of the books fall a little flat at times but for the most part, it is pretty entertaining for the most part. There are some vivid descriptions that could be a little disgusting. However, it isn’t too disturbing, although I am still confused whether this is for kids (even I assume it should be seeing as its called Zombie Kids Books).

Have you read any of the Fables of the Undead yet?

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

I’m not going to lie..I almost forgot about this Snow White adaptation that I had to write up.  I saw it so long ago as I’m writing this that I can’t even remember it all that much.  Well, it wasn’t that long, maybe a month or so.  Regardless, my final Snow White adaptation that I’m writing up and I’ll get the baking part done and we’re on our way to the next movie on the Disney Classics list, Pinocchio. That one is easy because there is no available adaptations for me to watch.  If you have any to suggest, or anything loosely based on it, I’d give it a go to. Not to mention baking for that one is going to be crazily hard.  Anyways, one thing at a time. Let’s finish this Snow White business with Snow White and the Huntsman.  I wasn’t excited to watch it, had low expectations.  Now you know where I stand before I fired up this one.

Let’s check it out!

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman

Director: Rupert Sanders

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Sam Spruell, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones, Brian Gleeson

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. – IMDB

The journey of watching Snow White adaptations has been a long one.  There is no doubt that Snow White is one of those very frequently adapted story plots that seem to always be a good way to go.  Whether the movies themselves are of what quality, well, that changes.  Snow White and the Huntsman is one that I mentioned before where I didn’t have a lot of expectations. For one, I’m really not a huge fan of Kristen Stewart and while I love seeing Chris Hemsworth and his handsome body, I’ve learned to also not watch anything in hopes of seeing them take their clothes off.  I really don’t know to say it any other way.  I did that for Clash of the Titans (remake) and it was disappointing along with the fact that it was a terrible movie.  But, that is for another post (which will never happen probably because I refuse to put myself through it again). Except, I like Disney Princesses and while Snow White isn’t my favorite one, there has been okay adaptations of it in some unexpected entertaining pieces and even though its hard to believe but the hopeful part of this is Charlize Theron as the Evil Stepmother.

Snow White and the Huntsman

I ramble a lot when I don’t know how to word my reviews.  I realize that.  I guess the easiest way is to start with what was good. Snow White and the Huntsman is not a great film.  Its a tad boring, a little pointless but there are some good parts.  Its doesn’t really make the film one I’d sit down to watch again which is why I’m writing this on a very vague memory because it simply is forgettable. The first good part is the dark take on the Snow White tale.  The harsh evil from the Stepmother, the dangers and dark environment, the black magic in the air, just how the movie is a lot darker in nature.  Second, it makes Snow White into a warrior, someone who will fight, and not the weak princess cleaning up after the dwarves and waiting for her Prince to save her.  Honestly, the recent take of making out the princesses to be stronger in nature is one I’m enjoying a lot. Even if its Miss Stewart playing the role.  We will discuss her a little later. Three, the dwarves are always chosen and played with such character.  The same goes for here especially when we have some unexpected recognized actors here.  Four, it has to be the outstanding role of The Evil Queen played by Charlize Theron.  She just takes command of her role and every scene she is in make it so much more enjoyable.  Five, the visuals are pretty in this one.  There’s dark tones as I mentioned in point 1 and there are some bright parts of it as well.  The CGI is done very nicely and makes it feel that much more like we are in a fantasy/fictional land.

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 That’s a fair bit of positive but you know what. The cons of Snow White and the Huntsman far outweighs those five points above.  For one, the movie was way too long.  It was over 2 hours long.  That is absolutely crazy.  That’s because it had a ton of really pointless scenes.  I felt like it was all added for dramatic value.  Except this leads to my second thing that I didn’t like: Kristen Stewart.  Look, I know its horrible to be ragging on Kristen Stewart and to be honest, it seems she’s gotten better but this was her right out of the Twilight series and her face does not make me feel anything.  Its not happy, always sad, maybe constipated and her as a tough girl doesn’t quite make me feel convinced.  As I watched this, I did think of one thing: how her career might be like Channing Tatum where she was pegged for certain roles and one day, she’ll find that role and break out of her shell and be a better actress.  I’m trying to be positive here.  Oh and I have to hate on Kristen Stewart just a little.  She got to liplock with Chris Hemsworth!

Snow White and the Huntsman

I guess what it all comes down to is that the sum of the positives can’t even outweigh that of the negatives.  Long, boring, convoluted, got lost in itself and I just couldn’t get into it or feel connected to any of the characters.   Sure, the premise was good, the take of this classic tale was good in all its dark glory but it just doesn’t seem to be able to pull itself out of its own mess.  Charlize Theron couldn’t do it.  Chris Hemsworth, huntsman and narrator, didn’t even have the chance.  Snow White and the Huntsman has the right intentions but with a bad script and messy execution, it falls short of what it could be.

Have you seen Snow White and the Huntsman?