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?
For more blogs participating in A to Z 2020 click the link here.
ABOUT T.S. VALMOND:
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.