“Have courage, and be kind,” our heroine’s mother tells Ella before she passes away.
The theme resonates through the story, as Ella is joyous amid her troubles—when banished to the attic by her wicked stepmother, she rearranges the scraps of furniture and shakes out a dusty blanket, before she tells the mice how much she enjoys solitude. Continue reading
JAN / FEB 3017: BY SCARLETT GRANT
Let’s be honest, Cinderella wouldn’t be the story that it is without her Stepsisters. In fact, the characters of the Stepsisters are as old as the story itself. The oldest variation of Cinderella is the Chinese Ye Xian. The Stepsisters in this story are actually just one half-sister called Jun-li, unlike Ye Xian, Jun-li is ugly and lazy. Eventually, Jun-li and her mother, Jin, meet their end after the warlord that Ye Xian marries banishes them and they are killed by a rain of stones. Continue reading
JAN / FEB 2014: BY ELEANOR KNIGHT
Every story has a core, and the core of Cinderella’s tale lies in people and their relationships, both good and bad. These strong bonds, or lack thereof, drive and shape the story from opposite sides of a kingdom.
The first relationship we remember is the last one forged: the bond between Cinderella and Prince Charming. Ironically, their chemistry gets very little screen time. The story focuses more on other relationships, which spur the events leading up to the heroine and hero meeting, falling in love, and living happily ever after. Continue reading