Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Twist of Fate Five Part Tweet Series + #HeroLost Blog Tour Links

On a completely different note from my last post (well, unless you consider the beginning of the Cinderella story):

Do you like Cinderalla stories? 
If so, do you like more than one of the renditions of Cinderella or only one? 
Do you have a favorite?

From my understanding, there are hundreds of Cinderella stories from all over the world. Just in my lifetime, I can name several that I've read or viewed. I only included blurbs for the ones that I thought were less known that the most popular versions, but if explanation is needed, just let me know in the comments and I'll fix it.

Disney's animated Cinderella 

Ever After: A Cinderella Story (with Drew Barrymore)

Bound by Jo Napoli
Official Blurb included because I'm not sure how many readers have heard of this YA novel.
Bound to her father's second wife and daughter after Xing Xing's father has passed away. Bound to a life of servitude as a young girl in ancient China, where the life of a woman is valued less than that of livestock. Bound to be alone and unmarried, with no parents to arrange for a suitable husband. Dubbed "Lazy One" by her stepmother, Xing Xing spends her days taking care of her half sister, Wei Ping, who cannot walk because of her foot bindings, the painful but compulsory tradition for girls who are fit to be married. Even so, Xing Xing is content, for now, to practice her gift for poetry and calligraphy, to tend to the mysterious but beautiful carp in her garden, and to dream of a life unbound by the laws of family and society. 

The Egyptian Cinderella
This Egyptian spin on the classic Cinderella tale was initially recorded in the first century by a Roman historian and is retold here by folklorist Shirley Climo. 
Poor Rhodopis! She has nothing—no mother or father, and no friends. She is a slave, from the far-off country of Greece. Only the beautiful rose-red slippers her master gives her can make Rhodopis smile.

This is one of the oldest versions of Cinderella.

Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

Over 1,000 years before the first European Cinderella story appeared, the tale of Yeh-Shen was part of China's storytelling tradition.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella: 2003 Movie Version

Disney's Cinderella 2015

Cinder Ellis and The Glass Hill by Gail Carson Levine

In this unusual spin on an old favorite, Cinderlla is a boy! He's Cinderellis, and he has two unfriendly brothers and no fairy godmother to help him out. Luckily, he does have magical powders, and he intends to use them to win the hand of his Princess Charming-- that is, Marigold. The only problem is-- Marigold thinks Cinderellis is a monster!

Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levin novel and a movie

How can a fairy's blessing be such a curse?

At her birth, Ella of Frell was the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy's gift -- the "gift' of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day and a half, or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse -- once and for all.

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.
(This is my my daughters' favorite version of Cinderella.)

I happen to like all of these. I don't have a problem with seeing the familiar story done in a variety of manners. I like the familiar with a slightly unfamiliar twist and I don't feel like I need to do a "best of" comparison of them. I think they each have something interesting, entertaining, and thought-provoking to offer us.

I even tried to write my own fractured fairy tale version of Cinderella in five tweets. These were published by Seven By Twenty last week on twitter. (I actually had seven parts originally, but pared it down to five.)
If you are interested, just go to these links in order:

"Cinderalla:Twist of Fate" Five Part Series at Seven By Twenty. May 1-5, 2017.
Part 1: Fairy Magic
Part 2: The Prince
Part 3: Midnight
Part 4: Wishes
Part 5: The Tree

If you really like fractured/twisted fairy tales, I highly recommend these books/authors:
Once Upon a Happy Ending - a great anthology of short stories that will introduce you to several excellent authors all at once.
Anything by Melanie Cellier - but starting with The Princess Companion: A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea.
Anything by Gail Carson Levine, but most notably Ella Enchanted - the book has nuances and unexpected twists not included in the movie version (which I still enjoyed). 
The Lunar Chronicles - a series by Marissa Meyer that starts with Cinder. 

If Cinderella doesn't interest you, or you would like to know more about the Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life 2017 IWSG Anthology, please check out the blog tour! I've included all the stops because each one is good. :)
May 2 - Stephanie Faris - Guest Post (from Olga)
May 3 - Michelle Wallace - Interview
May 5 - Cathrina Constantine - Spotlight Post
May 7 - Ronel the Mythmaker Interview
May 8 - Bish Denham - Guest Post
May 8 - Patricia Lynne - Guest Post 
May 9 - ChemistKen - Guest Post
May 10 - M.J. Fifield - Guest Post
May 15 - Alex J. Cavanaugh - Interview
May 15 - Juneta Key - Spotlight Post
May 17 - Nicki Elson - Interview
May 19 - Chrys Fey - Guest Post
May 22 - Christine Rains - Interview 
May 22 - Nick Wilford - Guest Post May 22 - Nick Wilford - Guest Post 
May 24 - Toi Thomas - Interview

Plus, there are some great posts by some of the authors of the anthology this week at these spots:
Why you should write short stories
Girls Who Kick Butt
An Exercise in Wandering with Intent
Traditional African Weapons
Indiantown Reunion In Marsh Harbour, Or Stalking People On The VHF

Hero Lost:Mysteries of Death and Life can be found in these places:

So, do you like familiar stories told in unfamiliar ways? 
Do you like any or all versions of Cinderalla? Did I miss your favorite version?
Ever tried writing a Cinderella story of your own?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've only seen two of those. Thought Ever After was refreshing. There is a Cinderfella, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex -good to know!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

With classic tales like that, one has to stay true to the classic or go really original. Cinder really sounds different all right.

Trisha F said...

I like seeing fairytales reimagined. But I also like seeing them done traditionally, like with Beauty & The Beast this year. :) Love fairytales in general!!

Yvonne Ventresca said...

I love the idea of twisted fairy tales, too.

Em-Musing said...

...being rescued by a prince. Don't care what the story is...that's what draws me in.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Diane - Cinder is really different. It's an interesting new twist on an age-old tale.

Trisha - me, too!

Yvonne - they are fun!

Em-Musing - that is a nice part of every romantic tale.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I love Cinderella stories...and happy endings in general.

Jen Chandler said...

I'm not a fan of the Cinderella tales but I DO enjoy a re-telling of any fairy tale that preserves the original, Grimm's vision. I've heard that Cinder is a very good book. I may have to check that one out!


Stephanie Faris said...

I do like retellings, especially when the author is creative about it. I haven't done a Cinderella retelling myself. I may have to find a way to work it in someday.

Heather R. Holden said...

Love Cinderella! Grew up with a VHS of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1960s version), and that was always a personal favorite of mine. Fell in love with the Broadway soundtrack in recent years, too.

I actually did a cutesy horror retelling of this fairytale years ago, in poem form, for a short story community. Since then, I've considered drawing art for it and releasing a more polished version, but always got too lazy, LOL.

Also, I remember seeing your take on Cinderella pop up on Twitter and absolutely adored it. So beautifully written. Really enjoyed seeing such classic scenes viewed in a new light, too. Made the tale both familiar and new all at the same time!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I love Cindrella stories. I am a sucker for fairytales.

Karen Lange said...

I've never tried to write a Cinderella story, but maybe someday I will. You've kind of inspired me. Have a Happy Mother's Day weekend! :)

Lynda R Young said...

I like all the versions of Cinderella. It's a great classic story that works in no matter version, including futuristic ie Cinder.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Like Alex, I definitely would not recommend Cinderfella! Unless you are a Jerry Lewis fan. Ah, maybe not even then! :-)

New Release Books said...

Congratulations to all the authors in the anthology. For me as a reader, I would read all re-tellings of a classic.

Shannon Lawrence said...

I loooove Ever After. Pretty Woman and Princess Diaries are versions of the Cinderella story, too!

Chrys Fey said...

The Egyptian Cinderella...I need to read that one!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

My daughter and I were just talking about our favorite Cinderella movie and we both like Ever After. It's really about the independent woman heroine.