To this day I am so confused as to why Snow White claimed in the Pilot that Regina "poisoned an apple because she thought [Snow] was prettier than her." It didn't fit into the story whatsoever, and though I loved the show, I always wished they stayed a bit truer to the original Snow White fairytale. I would have loved if they did something similar to the Land of Stories Evil Queen.
It was the pilot episode, so I doubt that the writers had planned that far ahead.
Alternatively, if they had planned out the Snow/Regina feud, then they wouldn't want to spoil it in the very first episode. You can imagine how much mystery and suspense would be taken out of Season 1 if Snow White flat out revealed what happened in the very first episode.
I liked the twist but I've always thought Regina would blame Cora more than Snow.
I understand the pilot aspect... I'm just huge on canonical information and hate retconned material in any sense. I enjoyed the twist, but I wish the themes of vanity and narcissism the original take had were more prominent.
I like to think that Snow lied to Charming because she felt guilty and maybe she feared that if Charming knew the truth he may not trust Snow anymore and even leave her. Eventually Snow revealed everything to Charming (David says so in Season 2).
@Walecs, that seems a bit messed up of Snow to let her husband think Regina tried to kill her for the sake of her looks... Also that shows a pretty unfaithful trust to the strength of their marriage and "true love."
What I always thought that would have been a great idea was that the Author (Isaac) had actually manipulated the story to make it more to his liking - would have also made it where Regina was not so responsible for her "evil" deeds. I also think that the whole other stories thing of season 7 was a bit of a mess - I'd have made it more of an alternate reality type situation; same people different circumstances. Or I'd have explained the premise of this better, as I do sort of like the idea of different world's with different versions of people.