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
YOUNG XING XING IS BOUND.
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:
Website - Lost Hero Anthology
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?