Cinderella Man

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Kids are funny creatures when it comes to a lot of things, but none moreso than their movie tastes. For a few weeks Lexie and Christian will totally obsess over one movie to the exclusion of all others, and then BAM–you couldn’t pay them to watch it again. Luckily this kind of thing goes in cycles, so once enough time passes I can get the old favorites back into rotation again. Even the Baby Einstein videos get resurrected every now and then–which, for some reason, hold a strange fascination even for me. Must be an infant flashback thing.

Anyway, the current fave is Cinderella. We used to run the thing four or five times a day, but now we’re down to a more reasonable two (unless Hannah Montana is on). And even though I’ve now seen it enough times to sing all the songs by heart, it still steams me whenever I see that passive-aggressive stepmom and those two homely sisters treat our titular character the way Mel Gibson might treat a traffic cop.

That got me thinking: What might Cinderella have done to them after she ran off with the prince and became ruler of the kingdom? Did she seek revenge? Or did she just let it go, the class act that she was? My wife thinks she probably shipped the ex-family off to some other town, paying off the local potentate to take the twisted sisters off her hands. As for me, I’d like to believe ol’ Cindy put the gals to work at the local DMV, where their finely-honed social skills would take them far.

As Paul Harvey might say, what was the rest of the story? Feel free to write your own ending right here…

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  1. Sally Shears  March 1, 2015

    I’m of the opinion that the step *sisters* deserve some slack. Most likely, they’re the product of their mother’s upbringing. Mind you, these are not grown women we’re talking about; if it’s a fairy tale, and especially a Disney movie, the heroine and step-sisters are probably sixteen *at the oldest.* So you have two teenage girls, who are “ugly” looking, and they’re living with a mother who demands they be perfect aristocrats and score a prince. They hate Cinderella because Ma pitted them against her.

    Personally, I’ve always disliked that fairy tale, for the whole “pretty people are good, ugly people are bad” thing, and that’s why my favorite retellings are always the ones that make the stepsisters sympathetic. Even Disney seemed to realize this, and one of the sequels featured a very sweet story about one stepsister falling in love with the town baker, and realizing that her mother’s idea of “beauty” and “quality men” may not have to be hers.

    If you’re a Cinderella fan, it shows, in the Lea Prism/Avalon dynamic of your novels. I think you did a great job at making the “princess” and the “ugly step sister” both sympathetic (though naturally I tended to side with Avalon). And I loved seeing the two team up in “Prodigal.”