Does Cinderella have a type? In the original fairy tales, such as Perrault’s Cendrillon or Aschenputtel by the Brothers Grimm, the prince is not really described. Do his princely qualities mean the same thing to everyone? He is left ambiguous, allowing the reader to imagine him as tall or short, light or dark, broad or… Continue reading Cinderella’s Type
The Disney live-action Cinderella movie is a one-of-a-kind fairytale remake! A new look at the animation from 1950, Lily James stars as Cinderella in the 2015 version. I first fell in love with the trailer: the heavy gold carriage that takes Cinderella to the ball looks like it could be encased in the gold foil… Continue reading Cinderella: Kit and Ella
Charles Perrault had competition! Historically, women were the tellers of traditional folktales, and the salon scene in Paris was full of aristocratic women exercising their storytelling. Madame d’Aulnoy (c.1650 – 1705) produced a number of fairy tales around the same time as Charles Perrault. We could just as easily be most familiar with her version of… Continue reading Finette Cendron
Fairy tales are everywhere. There are story collections, movies, retellings… and I was curious to know which ones are the most popular. How often are different stories referenced or retold? How do favorites change over time? I used the Google Ngram tool to plot different fairytale titles. It’s important to note that this isn’t always… Continue reading Who’s the Most Popular One of All?
Cinderella is a fairy tale retold throughout the ages. Certain elements can be traced to different versions. Two of the most influential are Charles Perrault’s “Cendrillon, or The Little Glass Slipper” and “Aschenputtel” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Many of the traditional elements we associate with the Cinderella tale-type emerged from these two famous works.… Continue reading Perrault vs. The Grimms