History Literature / Cinderella

18th Jul '16 8:38:28 PM marmota-b
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The quintessential RagsToRoyalty story, the best known versions in the western world are based on the one written by Creator/CharlesPerrault in the 17th century. If, on hearing the name Cinderella, you think of fairy godmothers, glass slippers, and a pumpkin turned into a coach, you're thinking of Perrault. In 1950, [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]]'s ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' adapted Perrault's story into a movie, cementing it in people's minds as '''the''' story of Cinderella.

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The quintessential RagsToRoyalty story, the best known versions in the western world are based on the one written by Creator/CharlesPerrault in the 17th century. If, on hearing the name Cinderella, you think of fairy godmothers, glass slippers, and a pumpkin turned into a coach, you're thinking of Perrault. In 1950, [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]]'s ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' adapted Perrault's story into a movie, cementing it in people's minds as '''the''' story of Cinderella. \n [[note]]Unless, of course, you're Czech, Slovak, German or Norwegian, in which case you're probably thinking of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C5%99i_o%C5%99%C3%AD%C5%A1ky_pro_Popelku this one]], notably lacking in pumpkins, glass footwear, and godmothers of any extraction.[[/note]]



** And in some versions, her father is just e.g. a well-off merchant.



* RagsToRiches: To be certain her stepmother never gave her any money nor any time to earn it herself.
* RagsToRoyalty: As Creator/JaneYolen has pointed out, this is {{averted}}, at least from the way we often think about it: technically, Cinderella was ''already'' nobility and/or an heiress, just made to wear rags by her WickedStepmother.
--> "'Cinderella' is not a story of rags to riches, but rather riches recovered; not poor girl into princess but rather rich girl (or princess) rescued from improper or wicked enslavement."



* RuleOfThree: There are three balls in the Grimms' version. Perrault's version has two balls, and many modern versions have only one.

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* RuleOfThree: The festival often lasts three nights. There are three balls in the Grimms' version. Perrault's version has two balls, and many modern versions have only one.



** There is a Czech movie made in the Seventies in which the spirit advisor is a simple owl called Rosalie. She looks at Cinderella every time she asks "Should I?" when she is about to get a new costume.
* RagsToRiches: To be certain her stepmother never gave her any money nor any time to earn it herself.
* RagsToRoyalty: As Creator/JaneYolen has pointed out, this is {{averted}}, at least from the way we often think about it: technically, Cinderella was ''already'' nobility and/or an heiress, just made to wear rags by her WickedStepmother.
--> "'Cinderella' is not a story of rags to riches, but rather riches recovered; not poor girl into princess but rather rich girl (or princess) rescued from improper or wicked enslavement."
* RuleOfThree: The festival often lasts three nights.

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** There is a Czech movie made in the Seventies Seventies, ''Tři oříšky pro Popelku'', ("Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella" / "Three wishes for Cinderella") in which the spirit advisor is a simple tawny owl called Rosalie. She looks at Cinderella every time she asks "Should I?" when she is about to get a new costume.
* RagsToRiches: To be certain her stepmother never gave her any money nor any time to earn it herself.
* RagsToRoyalty: As Creator/JaneYolen has pointed out, this is {{averted}}, at least from the way we often think about it: technically, Cinderella was ''already'' nobility and/or an heiress, just made to wear rags by her WickedStepmother.
--> "'Cinderella' is not a story of rags to riches, but rather riches recovered; not poor girl into princess but rather rich girl (or princess) rescued from improper or wicked enslavement."
* RuleOfThree: The festival often lasts three nights.
costume.
17th Jul '16 12:43:23 PM morenohijazo
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* AdaptationalHeroism: It's fairly common to see works where one of the two stepsisters (usually the youngest) has a HeelFaceTurn, or shows HiddenDepths that lead to a redemption. ''Film/EverAfter,'' ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms The Fairy Godmother]],'' and even Disney's later ''{{Disney/Cinderella}}'' sequels all do this.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: It's fairly common to see works where one of the two stepsisters (usually the youngest) has a HeelFaceTurn, or shows HiddenDepths that lead to a redemption. ''Film/EverAfter,'' ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms The Fairy Godmother]],'' and even Disney's later ''{{Disney/Cinderella}}'' sequels all do this. this.
* BeakAttack: At the end of the [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Grimm]] version, the bird friends of Cinderella [[EyeScream blind the two mean step-sisters with their beaks]].
28th May '16 7:42:27 AM Sunnychance
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* NoNameGiven: One of the stepsister sister is named Javotte but the other characters don't have names. Cinderella's real name is rarely given, though English variants usually imply Ella is her real name. It is often a form of Mary or Katie. Madame D'aulnoy used "Finetta" in her early version.

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* NoNameGiven: One of the stepsister sister stepsisters is named Javotte but the other characters don't have names. Cinderella's real name is rarely given, though English variants usually imply Ella is her real name. It is often a form of Mary or Katie. Madame D'aulnoy used "Finetta" in her early version.
28th Apr '16 4:49:49 PM Goldfritha
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** then there are the variants where the Cinderella is the Houdini because the reason she was stuck with a Wicked Stepmother was that her governess persuaded her to murder her mother or existing stepmother and then persuade her father to marry the governess instead.
4th Apr '16 7:46:20 AM Jeduthun
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* TwiceToldTale: Tellings and retellings [[FracturedFairyTale and parodies]] are limitless. As well, variants of the tale have been recorded in a wide array of cultures throughout history, going all the way back to Ancient Egypt and China as well as Europe and North America. The appeal of the story is pretty much universal.



* WickedStepmother: If not the UrExample, certainly the TropeCodifier and TropeNamer (Yes, it codified a lot of these tropes). For ages stepmothers in fiction were thought to be evil and it all started by calling her step-daugter "Cinder girl".

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* WickedStepmother: If not the UrExample, certainly the TropeCodifier and TropeNamer (Yes, it codified a lot of these tropes). For ages stepmothers in fiction were thought to be evil and it all started by calling her step-daugter step-daughter "Cinder girl".
12th Mar '16 4:19:12 PM eroock
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'''''Cinderella''''' is one of the oldest, best known, and most universal stories in the world. The oldest known version is the ancient Greek tale of Rhodopis, a ''hetaira'' or courtesan who, according to a legend first recorded in the 1st century B.C., married the Pharaoh of Egypt.

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'''''Cinderella'''''
''Cinderella''
is one of the oldest, best known, and most universal stories in the world. The oldest known version is the ancient Greek tale of Rhodopis, a ''hetaira'' or courtesan who, according to a legend first recorded in the 1st century B.C., married the Pharaoh of Egypt.
2nd Jan '16 12:02:00 PM Exxolon
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''Cinderella'' is one of the oldest, best known, and most universal stories in the world. The oldest known version is the ancient Greek tale of Rhodopis, a ''hetaira'' or courtesan who, according to a legend first recorded in the 1st century B.C., married the Pharaoh of Egypt.

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\n''Cinderella'' '''''Cinderella''''' is one of the oldest, best known, and most universal stories in the world. The oldest known version is the ancient Greek tale of Rhodopis, a ''hetaira'' or courtesan who, according to a legend first recorded in the 1st century B.C., married the Pharaoh of Egypt.
25th Nov '15 9:38:29 PM Doug86
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Gregory Maguire, best known for ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'', also made a revisionist novel of the story called ''Literature/ConfessionsOfAnUglyStepsister'', and Stephen Sondheim wove Grimm's version into the wider action of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods.'' There's even a retelling set in the {{Whoniverse}}, "Cinderella and the Magic Box", in the book ''Literature/TimeLordFairyTales''.

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Gregory Maguire, best known for ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'', also made a revisionist novel of the story called ''Literature/ConfessionsOfAnUglyStepsister'', and Stephen Sondheim wove Grimm's version into the wider action of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods.'' There's even a retelling set in the {{Whoniverse}}, Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}, "Cinderella and the Magic Box", in the book ''Literature/TimeLordFairyTales''.



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23rd Nov '15 12:28:47 PM eroock
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'''''Cinderella''''' is one of the oldest, best known, and most universal stories in the world. The oldest known version is the ancient Greek tale of Rhodopis, a ''hetaira'' or courtesan who, according to a legend first recorded in the 1st century B.C., married the Pharaoh of Egypt.

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'''''Cinderella''''' ''Cinderella'' is one of the oldest, best known, and most universal stories in the world. The oldest known version is the ancient Greek tale of Rhodopis, a ''hetaira'' or courtesan who, according to a legend first recorded in the 1st century B.C., married the Pharaoh of Egypt.
14th Nov '15 5:56:21 PM nombretomado
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Seven years later RodgersAndHammerstein adapted it into a [[Film/{{Cinderella}} musical for a television broadcast,]] starring Broadway royalty Howard Lindsay and Dorothy Stickney, Edie Adams, Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley (as the King and Queen, Fairy Godmother, and stepsisters, respectively) and Jon Cypher (of ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' fame) as the Prince. One particular young lady took a week off from her starring role in [[Theatre/MyFairLady the most popular play on Broadway at the time]] to play Cinderella - Creator/JulieAndrews in her on-camera debut.

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Seven years later RodgersAndHammerstein Creator/RodgersAndHammerstein adapted it into a [[Film/{{Cinderella}} musical for a television broadcast,]] starring Broadway royalty Howard Lindsay and Dorothy Stickney, Edie Adams, Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley (as the King and Queen, Fairy Godmother, and stepsisters, respectively) and Jon Cypher (of ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' fame) as the Prince. One particular young lady took a week off from her starring role in [[Theatre/MyFairLady the most popular play on Broadway at the time]] to play Cinderella - Creator/JulieAndrews in her on-camera debut.
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