“It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you.” (Meyer, 264)
Heartless, written by Marissa Meyer, is the story of the young Queen of Hearts we know by the famous Alice in Wonderland. Catherine, the future Queen of Hearts, is a passionate teenage girl who dreams of having her own bakery someday when she grows up. Unlike the Queen of Hearts we know today, she used to be a pure and innocent girl who enjoyed spending time with her best friend/maid Mary Ann. Because of her unfortunate situation of being born as a Marquess’ daughter, who was soon to be queen, she has always been keeping her dreams to herself. On the way, she finds true love, true friendship, and a true goal. Their destinies weren’t meant to but they fell in love, love that will end soon. Jest, a king’s joker, and Catherine, the future queen.
This drawing explains Catherine’s fortunate and unfortunate life of being future queen by simple symbols and sketches of her expectation to reality. The left top corner represents her impossible goal of owning her own bakery and living a peaceful life while the right bottom corner represents reality, who she is. Some express sad situations and some express happiness. As living a life of a future queen, the character develops to be more vicious and rebellious. For the sake of love, she decides to be queen and decides to be who she is as the Queen of Hearts we know her as. Will you call her heartless for all of her right and wrong decisions, or will you call her hapless? “Sometimes your heart is the only thing worth listening to” (152) So you choose.