Austen · Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Jane Austen’s Cinderella Obsession

Did Jane Austen write a story about Cinderella? Well, not exactly; but I love connecting two of my favorite topics together! Arguably, all of Austen’s most popular works have at least one Cinderella element in them: every heroine marries a man of greater wealth. Although not always her social superior, the male lead is often… Continue reading Jane Austen’s Cinderella Obsession

Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Silhouette of a Fairy Tale

Cinderella has inspired the creativity of countless writers, artists, producers, and others. Fairytale adaptations and art are created using all sorts of different mediums – even paper cutting! In the early days of stop-motion photography, paper-cut figures were used to create cutout animation movies. Charlotte Reiniger (1899-1981) was a German animation pioneer in the nascent… Continue reading Silhouette of a Fairy Tale

Cinderella · NovElla

Into the Music

Be careful what you wish for… As far as fairytale mashups go, you can’t get a more thorough entanglement than Into the Woods. The recent Disney movie brought Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Jack of beanstalk fame, and Rapunzel to the big screen, along with a baker whose story ties the other tales together. I watched… Continue reading Into the Music

Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Rosy Rhodopis

Happy New Year! It’s January: a time of new beginnings and fresh starts! What about Cinderella? What’s her beginning? I’ve traced Cinderella to her earliest known source – in Egypt! Even older than the Chinese versions, the Cinderella character began as a Greek slave in the story of Rhodopis. Dating from the first century BC,… Continue reading Rosy Rhodopis

Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Louisa May Alcott’s Modern Cinderella

Do you like modern retellings of your favorite timeworn tales? The short story, A Modern Cinderella, Or The Little Old Shoe, was considered an “updated” version by author Louisa May Alcott — in 1860! Which means, to us, it’s now historical. That makes the story a fantastic mix between the American lifestyle in the late… Continue reading Louisa May Alcott’s Modern Cinderella