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Why the World is Ready for 2 ‘Snow Whites’: Timing and casting aside, Snow White is a tale that has been told many times with many different plot twists. These versions follow that tradition. In an early Italian retelling, the good guy we know from Disney’s 1937 animated classic as Prince Charming rapes Snow White while she’s sleeping, according to Tina Boyer, a professor of German at Wake Forest University. She awakes not to a kiss, but to her baby being born. Another tale has Snow White fleeing her father, not her wicked stepmother, because he’d like to make her his incestuous wife. “They can take the basic themes if they want to and go with it because that’s what fairytales and folklore are all about,” said Wake Forest’s Boyer. “They have to be reinvented. That’s how they stay alive.”

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