On Thursday morning I saw that I had been invited to join Anne J Anguilar-Van der Merwe and Theresa Barker in an amazing project. They’d already written their Cinderella-inspired stories – now they want to read mine (and yours!). If this collaboration is a success, it will possibly be published in an anthology.
What an awesome way to start 2017 with.
If you want to know more about the project, click on either link above. And click on the following links if you want to read Anne’s story, City of Magic, and Theresa’s story Little Rich Girl – both are amazing takes on the folktale. [*Update: these links are probably no longer working: all the stories selected for the anthology had to be removed from the blogosphere.]
Ah, the folktale. Here’s what I had to say about it in August 2016:
Cinderella, known in different languages by different names, is the folktale of a young woman who lives in unfortunate circumstances (usually through unjust oppression), that are suddenly changed to be more fortunate (usually through some kind of triumphant reward).
There are hundreds of variants of this folktale. Though the titles and the main characters might be differently named in different languages, Cinderella is the archetypal name in English-language folklore.
It’s a popular story lending its myth-elements, tropes, allusions and plot elements to a variety of modern tales and media. Cinderella has even come to mean someone who has suddenly gone from obscurity and neglect to recognition and success.
Though the oldest European version came from Italy, the most popular was written by Charles Perrault. Disney credited his version as their inspiration for their 1950s animated creation. Glass slipper, fairy godmother and all.
More about the origins of Cinderella can be read in the original post.
I wrote a Cinderella-inspired story last year, one I really enjoyed, so I dusted it off, tweaked it to fit the parameters of the project I was invited to, and now you can read it.
[*Update: Yeah, you can no longer read it here. I had to remove the story because — YAY! — it was accepted for the anthology. Cinderella Reimagined: An Anthology of Cinderella Retellings will be out in November 2017. Until then, you can still read the first version on Wattpad. Click on the title below.]
By Ronel Janse van Vuuren
I hope you enjoyed my retelling of the Cinderella-folktale. Just so you know, Kieran looks like Ryan Reynolds 😉
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