Friday, April 3, 2015

C for Cinderalla (A to Z Challenge)

Whether we think of Disney’s blonde beauty and her pumpkin carriage or Marissa Meyer’s recent recasting of Cinderella as a cyborg in the young adult novel Cinder, we know that there are countless old and modern retellings of the tale. My favorite version of the tale is by Grimm Brothers. If the tale seems to emphasize the lowly status of Cinderella as a servant in her stepmother’s house, it is worth remembering that Cinderella is a boss of her own: she commands birds to sort the lentils her stepmother has thrown into the ashes, and when she needs lovely clothes for the ball, she tells a hazel tree, “Shake your branches, little tree, / Toss gold and silver down on me.” Doves are her partners, and when the stepsisters take knives to their feet in order to fit into Cinderella’s slipper, the birds warn the prince: “Roo coo coo, roo coo coo, / Blood’s in the shoe.” Cinderella isn't just the entrepreneur, she is a perfect example of  'rags to riches' and that's why she is my hero.


So long my friends,
Evalina

22 comments:

  1. Cinderella was one of my favourite fairy tales when I was a wee girl.

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  2. I LOVE Cinder! One of my favorite books right now. And the sequels are great too! :)

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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  3. I really liked how you presented the empowered part of Cinderella... she sure was the Boss to the other creatures that surrounded her.

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  4. Love this story Evalina.

    Linda

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  5. Great short and to the point post. Loved it!

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  6. I LOVE Grimm's fairy tales. I've never been a fan of the sugar-coated, Disney variety. And I also love how you've cast Cinderella in the light of a powerful woman. Perfect! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! Enjoy the challenge :)

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  7. I love that your new A to Z challenge is about your heros - and females at that. Cinderella is a classic in so many way. My granddaughter's name is Ella - I'm hoping she has the spunk without the cinders.

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  8. The various versions of Cinderella do make for interesting reading. Somehow, I don't think I've managed to read the Grimm version yet.

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  9. I really want to read the Grimm Brothers versions. I believe the sisters actually cut their toes off so they can fit the slipper... We've made it slightly more child-friendly these days :-)

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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  10. Love your take on this Evalina. I like the Grimm version too. I have yet to read Cinder, but it's on my reading pile so hopefully it won't be too long now. And in the meantime, here's to empowered women creating lives they love.

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  11. I love that picture you have chosen to illustrate this post. Is it Arthur Rackham?
    I think you would like this blog I follow all about fairy tales http://surlalunefairytales.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. The Grimm versions don't hold back, but I do love the Disney Cinderella movie! I can't help it!

    Precious Monsters

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  13. I am a fan of the old school, not the remakes, redos or live action... Welcome in the "C"... thank you!
    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2015]

    There's no earthly way of knowing.
    Which direction we are going!

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    Come Visit: You know you want to know if me or Hollywood... is Nuts?

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  14. Loved this post - really interesting. I'm enjoying the A-Z-ing so far - good fun (I'm number 590 on the list)

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  15. It is amazing how many cultures have Cinderella tales!

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  16. Many of the Grimm fairy tales are much darker than the newer Disneyfied versions. The "rags to riches" tale seems to have remained extremely popular over time.

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  17. Oh yes I see why you chose Cinders as a hero.... I agree!
    Rags to riches indeed!!
    Smiles :)

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  18. What a great idea for your A-Z posting :)
    I always love the Cinderella story as a kid
    Hugs xx

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  19. Love Cendrillon, glad to have this free monday to follow your A-Z post. Hugs

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  20. Cinderella for C - wonderfully put. The Grimm version's a bit too dark for me. I love CSI but people cutting their toes off to fit a shoe in a fairytale? I'll go for the lighter version anytime.

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