Lessons from Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror is a comedy fantasy film based on Snow White by the Brothers Grimm and is directed by Tarsem Singh.

In other words, people, it’s fan fiction.

And it can’t decide what it wants to be.

Is it a sweep-away romance? Or is it slapstick? Or maybe it’s a morality tale—hey, believe in yourself, honey! Or, I know, it’s Bollywood. Oh-so-colorful and with a little bit of everything.

Maybe it’s my winter doldrums speaking—here in the Pacific Northwest it’s still gray and overcast—but what this film reminded me of is my in-progress Mercy’s Embrace 4 manuscript! Mirror Mirror lacks focus. And what I learned by watching it was a lot.

This film is visually beautiful—and breakout star Lily Collins is wonderful as Snow White—but I left the theater shaking my head. There was such potential. And I did not engage emotionally with the story on any level. Susan Kaye swears she owes me the price of a movie ticket. But I think I need to watch it again.

And after school is out, I need to go back to the drawing board with my manuscript. Meaning, I must begin Mercy’s Embrace 4 earlier in the story, before the wedding. Because although there will be mystery and adventure, at its heart it is a romance. Not a Bollywood free-for-all.

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3 thoughts on “Lessons from Mirror Mirror

  1. Robin Helm

    I’m going to pass on this one until the DVD comes out. We will probably go see Snow White and the Huntsman.

    And I definitely agree that you need to get back to writing as soon as school is out!

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  2. Gayle Mills

    So, should I go see this one or not, Laura? I have to admit, I don’t often go see movies anymore. I refuse to support most of the liberal actors in the Hollywood community. But I do so love a good story.

    So, Lily Collins hasn’t had time yet to really offend me. Should I give it a try?

    (As if they miss my small contribution.)

    Maybe we will both have time to write this summer. *Pleasant thought*

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  3. Susan Kaye

    I fell asleep for a time early on. I would have to watch the movie again to know how long. I’m not anxious to do that.

    I’m not sure this helps you, Gayle.

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Why yes, we DO want a piece of your mind. ;-)

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