Fairytale Retellings & Prompts: Cinderella

This month we’re doing a series called the A-Z blogging challenge where we dive into Fairytale Retellings and provide prompts for writers. Writers are the people making the books, television shows, and movies of tomorrow. For more information on the challenge check out my earlier post here.

Dear child, remain pious and good, and then our dear God will always protect you, and I will look down on you from heaven and be near you.

Cinderella by the Brother’s Grimm

Though the original story of Cinderella might be a little gorrey and without the kind fairy godmother, it is mostly the same.

A young girl loses her mother in an untimely and tragic death. Her father remarries a woman with two daughters determined to turn Ella into Cinderella and a housemaid.

One of the most interesting differences is that in the Grimm story the father lives to allow his daughter to be turned into a servant by his new wife.

The ball takes place over three nights instead of one. Each night a bird and not a fairy godmother brings Cinderella a gold and silver dress and slippers embroidered with silk and silver.

Then there’s that unfortunate moment for the stepsisters when they have their eyes eaten by birds. Other than that it’s the same story we’ve all come to love.

Want more? Here are some of the books that have gone through and retold the story in written form.

However, there are lots of ways to turn this trope on its head. Let’s hear what you came up with. What’s your Cinderella retelling idea?

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T.S. Valmond is the science fiction and young adult fantasy author of The Bolaji Kingdoms Series and The Verity Chronicles. As an award-winning poet, world traveler, and sign language interpreter she uses her experiences to fuel her stories. She’s a regular contributor to the website and founder of the Riders & Flyers group.


  1. Oh Yes ? I didn’t know there were so many different stories about Cinderella, and so many variations!
    I guess I only know the original one…
    C is for Colour

    1. There are too many. I’ve thought of doing a re-telling myself but I’m not sure when I’ll have the chance.

  2. I read one where the stepsister cut her feet to fit in the slippers, it’s very gruesome. Cinderella has never been a favorite of mine because it tells you, you have to marry a prince to get out of your dreadful life.

    I think I would make Cinderella not to go to the ball, maybe run away while her step family is at the ball and create a new life for herself far away. I like her to find her prince charming base on her personality and not her beauty but that’s probably not a very interesting story so maybe add some dragons and godfairies that are bonkers.

    Have a lovely day.

    1. I like this idea! Her adventures would be endless, and she’d be ‘saving’ herself instead of being saved by the prince. Nicely done.

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