Cinderella has always been my favorite princess.
When it came time to do a fun, fractured fairy tale retelling, there was no contest — I wanted PPP to be a fresh, original, creative spin on the story. But almost every variation out there is told from the perspective of the cinder-girl herself. I think it’s important, when doing your own version of something well-known, to make it as different as possible from everything out there. So my teen fairy godmother, Noelle, was born!
Here are some of my favorite Cinderella-related movies, shows, and music, from which I took PPP inspiration:
“Ever After” is my favorite movie version of Cinderella. The way they spun the tale into a more realistic story is lovely. And I love the idea of Leonardo da Vinci playing the role of the fairy godmother… or godfather!
I’ve also had George Fenton’s gorgeous soundtrack for it in my iTunes playlist forever:
Of course, I can’t make a list of my favorite Cinderella things without listing the original Disney movie. When I was little, it and Sleeping Beauty were the only movies I would watch over and over and over again.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical has amazing songs. I haven’t gotten around to seeing it on Broadway yet, but I would love to. I saw a huge advertisement for it when I was in NYC seeing Phantom at the original Majestic Theatre, but haven’t had time!
And you can totally judge me for this, but I love that super cheesy version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella starring Brandy and Whitney Houston. I think it is so creative the way they brought in a colorful, diverse cast — Cinderella, one stepsister, the fairy godmother, and the queen are all black, the king and the other stepsister and stepmother are white, the prince is Asian, etc. I absolutely loved it!
The ballroom scene was a huge inspiration for PPP. The choreography and the colors blew my mind. I can’t find a clip of it on YouTube anymore, but here’s the music:
“Enchanted” isn’t a straight-up Cinderella retelling, but I also love the music in it. This is the song that inspired a ballroom scene in Chapter 25 (to be posted this Friday, for those of you who are reading PPP!):
And these are some great Cinderella-related books:
– SHADOWS ON THE MOON by Zoe Marriott: A Japanese retelling of Cinderella!
– ASH by Malinda Lo: An LGBTQ version of Cinderella. Loved this one.
– CINDER by Marissa Meyer: I haven’t read this one yet (still in my TBR pile), but I’ve heard great things!
– ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine: One of the comp titles I use for PPP. I love the humor and the heart.
Can you recommend any other Cinderella-related books, movies, or music?