Last Friday, my mother, my friend Diane, and I went to see Disney’s new live-action Cinderella. I usually love anything Cinderella-related, and this certainly did not disappoint! Here are five things that made this version awesome:
1. Cinderella is not only physically beautiful, but kind. She treats others the way she wants them to treat her.
2. The stepsisters are not physically ugly. On the contrary, they are known as beautiful young ladies, but their behavior makes them ugly and no one wants to be around them.
3. The prince has a name and a personality. I, personally, think he needs a name other than Kit, but at least he has one.
4. It keeps the magical elements of the Disney cartoon: the mice, the fairy godmother, and the glass slippers, which are absolutely stunning.
5. The song “Lavender’s Blue.” I’m glad they included it instead of something modern.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation of one of my favorite fairy tales, I’m reminded of other versions I’ve enjoyed: movies, stories, and books. Here are a few of them:
Ever After (1998): This is my all-time favorite. I honestly don’t think there will ever be a version of Cinderella that I like better than this one. I have seen it so many times that I can quote sections word for word.
Cinderella (1997): This is an updated version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical rendition. The diverse cast makes it politically correct, which is fine. I think Brandy makes a gorgeous Cinderella.
A Cinderella Story (2004): Hilary Duff stars in this modern retelling of Cinderella. I love her dress in the “ball” scene. I actually tried on a dress similar to it when I shopped for my wedding dress, but it wasn’t The Dress.
Stories and Books:
Cinderella as told by the Brothers Grimm: Of course, nothing beats this gruesome version as told by the Brothers Grimm. Click here to read it online.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: This is by far my favorite literary retelling of Cinderella. I absolutely love this novel. I appreciate that Ella saves herself instead of relying on magic or a prince. I also like the movie by the same title.
Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey: A simple retelling of Cinderella, it fleshes out the story and develops the characters. Ms. Dokey has written several fairy tale retellings, and I’ve enjoyed every one.
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix: In this version, Ms. Haddix answers the question, “What happened to Cinderella after the wedding? Did she truly live ‘happily ever after’?” It’s an entertaining read.
My paperback copies of two of the novels listed above.
Did you know?
My novel Elise’s Choice is (very) loosely based on Cinderella. One evening as I hiked a walking trail at the University of Missouri-Columbia, my mind began to toy with the Disney version of Cinderella. I questioned, “What if Cinderella hadn’t fallen in love with the prince? What if she wasn’t beautiful?” The answer to these questions and more weaved themselves into Elise’s Choice. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for? Click here to purchase your copy. But don’t expect a Cinderella retelling; the answers led the story in an entirely different direction.
Do you have a favorite version of Cinderella? Please share what it is and why it’s your favorite in the comments below.