I have been trying to find this book for years. I bought it when I was 16/17 (2001 or so) so I assume it was published in the 90's or early 00's.

The book had a purple cover. It was an anthology that retold well known stories from other viewpoints or with twisted endings.

The only 2 story plots I somewhat remember are:

  1. Snow White; told from one of the dwarfs point of view. Snow White dies and the dwarfs then traveled to seek revenge for her death.

  2. Hamlet, told from Ophelia's point of view (they never actually mention the name Hamlet but if you're familiar with the play you know exactly what it is). It ends with her committing suicide.

Googling has led me nowhere. I've posted on other forums before finding this one. Hoping someone has any idea what I'm talking about.


This probably isn't it, but the first one sounds similar to a Neil Gaiman short story, "Snow, Glass and Apples", from the book Smoke and Mirrors.

The UK version of the book is purple: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Smoke-Mirrors-Neil-Gaiman/dp/0755322835


That aside, I'm not sure if I recognize the second story mentioned - a lot of his short stories are based off of works of fiction that I ought to recognize, yet don't, so might be worth a shot.

  • How does the first story match? – FuzzyBoots Jun 24 '17 at 2:31
  • I might be mixing the memories of that story with another of his involving snow white and sleeping beauty, and also dwarves. Dwarves are mentioned in both, though in the first story they do not sound kind or at all friendly – tohitsugu Jun 24 '17 at 3:28
  • I have the book Smoke and Mirrors and I can't see any similarity between Snow, Glass and Apples and the story the OP describes. In Snow, Glass and Apples dwarves are hardly mentioned, and Snow White doesn't die (she has her heart cut out but lives on as a sort of lich like creature). – John Rennie Jun 24 '17 at 8:26

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