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.