Today I am departing from the regularly scheduled program of Man Crush Monday for a very important announcement.
Disney’s new Cinderella movie trailer has been released!!! *SQUEEEEEEEE!!!!* When I first watched it, ohmygoodness! ALL THE FEELS, people! I may have cried a little bit… Don’t judge me!
I loved how this new version seems to incorporate Ella’s mother more. “I want to tell you a secret that will see you through all of the trials that life can offer: have courage, and be kind.” In the classic animated movie, Ella’s mother was glossed over. Adding her into the story will bring depth, and give a reason for Ella’s strong character.
One departure from the classic movie is the name change. In the animated version, the main character is Cinderella. In this one, her name is Ella, but her stepsisters taunt her by calling her Cinder Ella, since she is so filthy from backbreaking manual labor. This switch is much stronger in my opinion. Many people can personally relate with name-calling and cruel taunts, so Ella will resonate with audiences better.
The stepmother and stepsisters seem to be over the top, a la Hunger Games Capital. The fashion budget for this film must be stupendous, because the glorious dresses were one of the stand out points in the brief clip. I have a feeling I’ll be swooning over the wardrobe decisions when I see this in theatres!
The best part of the trailer, however, is the message behind the story. “Where there is kindness, there is goodness. And where there is goodness, there is MAGIC.”
You may be wondering why I am gushing about an upcoming movie on a book blog. This trailer has rekindled my love for the story of Cinderella all over again!
I’m a big fan of fairy tale retellings, and stories inspired by classics. Below, find some of my favorite Cinderella stories in honor of the release of the movie trailer!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Being a princess isn’t all that…. You’ve heard the fairytale: a glass slipper, Prince Charming, happily ever after… Welcome to reality: royal genealogy lessons, needlepoint, acting like “a proper lady,” and — worst of all — a prince who is not the least bit interesting, and certainly not charming. As soon-to-be princess Ella deals with her newfound status, she comes to realize she is not “your majesty” material. But breaking off a royal engagement is no easy feat, especially when you’re crushing on another boy in the palace…. For Ella to escape, it will take intelligence, determination, and spunk — and no ladylike behavior allowed.
The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
The beloved fantasy author turns traditional fairy tales on their heads with this new tale. “Putting a fresh face to a well-loved fairytale is not an easy task, but it is one that seems effortless to the prolific Lackey.”–”Publishers Weekly.”
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.” When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella’s life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you’ll ever read. Gail Carson Levine’s examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales takes some satisfying twists and deviations from the original. Ella is bound by obedience against her will, and takes matters in her own hands with ambition and verve. Her relationship with the prince is balanced and based on humor and mutual respect; in fact, it is she who ultimately rescues him. Ella Enchanted has won many well-deserved awards, including a Newbery Honor.
Ashes of Roses by Christine Pope
The Emperor of Sirlende finds himself without a bride when his betrothed, a princess of a neighboring kingdom, dies unexpectedly in a terrible accident. Weary of the unacceptable but “royal” alternatives his advisors suggest, he instead decides to take matters into his own hands. All ladies of gentle birth between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two are invited to five days of grand feasts, hunts, tournaments, and balls so the Emperor might choose the lady of his heart, and not an unknown foreign princess. Ashara Millende was born the only daughter of a landed gentleman, but had her inheritance stolen from her by her unscrupulous stepmother. A servant in the house that should have been hers, she dreams of escaping the drudgery of her life and finding someone who will love her for who she truly is. She is offered assistance by a woman hiding a few secrets of her own, a woman who will give Ashara the chance to win her heart’s desire — if only she is bold enough to take the first step. The story of Cinderella takes on fresh new life in this retelling, set in the world of the Latter Kingdoms.