My Favorite Cinderella-Related Things!

Oct 11, 2015 Main blog 9 comments

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?


9 Responses to “My Favorite Cinderella-Related Things!”

  1. Ever After was surprisingly good. So was Enchanted. Sometime doing it just a bit different really works.

  2. Tiana Smith says:

    I haven't read Cinder yet either but I hear great things. I LOVE Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.

  3. Cinder is really good as is the whole series and I loved Ella Enchanted.

  4. mshatch says:

    Absolutely loved Cinder and its sequel, Scarlett.

  5. Sarah Foster says:

    I'd never really thought about it, but I love Cinderella-related things, too! Ever After was my favorite movie for a long time and Ella Enchanted is still my favorite book from childhood. Great stuff!

  6. I really like Ever After too. I think that one is my favorite of the Cinderella themed movies too.

  7. Julie C. Dao says:

    Alex: I really loved both of those movies! They did a great job putting a fresh twist on something familiar.

    Tiana: I need to read CINDER… I think it's been sitting on my bookshelf for an entire year!

    Natalie: Yes, I've been meaning to make time to read her entire series starting with CINDER 🙂

    Marcy: Everyone recommends them! I'm going to put aside some time over Thanksgiving, I think.

    Sarah: There's just something about the Cinderella story, isn't there?! 🙂 Glad I'm not alone!

    Southpaw: It's just SO well written and well done. Now I want to watch it again!

  8. OOh! I'm going to have to check out Shadows On The Moon! Thanks for pointing it out.

  9. Julie C. Dao says:

    Crystal: Just saw this comment now! I hope you like it!

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