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A new version of "Cinderella" -- What if she had a GOOD stepmother?
THIS STORY HAS BEEN MOVED
- A NEW VERSION OF CINDERELLA -- What if she had a GOOD stepmother?
I have moved this re-imagined Cinderella story to my website. Click on the title here to read it. Below, I share my thoughts on why I wanted to write the story, and some info I found about stepmothers in fairy tales.
WHY I WROTE THIS STORY
Here's why I decided to write my own version of the Cinderella story, a version that gives Cinderella a kind and good stepmother.
I married a man who already had two children (we've also had two babies together since then). I try my best to be a loving and caring stepmom. But have you ever heard a fairy tale where the word "stepmother" was NOT preceded by the word "wicked"? Neither had I. So I decided that it was about time, and I made one myself!
Of course, doing a rewrite of Cinderella meant changing other elements of the story. If the stepmother and stepsisters weren't mean, then where would the conflict come from? So instead of internal family strife, I went for a strong family working together to face an uncaring, class-biased society.
I had a lot of fun writing this revision, and I hope you have fun reading it.
- Blended families
Here's the full article
Overview of stepmothers in fairy tales
Here's an excerpt from the Wikipedia article on blended families:
"The character of the wicked stepmother features heavily in fairy tales; the most famous examples are Cinderella, Snow White, and Hansel and Gretel. Stepdaughters are her most common victim, and then stepdaughter/stepson pairs, but stepsons also are victims as in The Juniper Tree-sometimes, as in East of the Sun and West of the Moon, because he refused to marry his stepsister as she wished, or, indeed, they may make their stepdaughters-in-law their victims, as in The Boys with the Golden Stars. In some fairy tales, such as Giambattista Basile's La Gatta Cennerentola or the Danish Green Knight, the stepmother wins the marriage by ingratiating herself with the stepdaughter, and once she obtains it, becomes cruel."
- The Horse Gullfaxi and the Sword Gunnfoder
Here's the full text of the story about a young man's daring adventures.
ONE fairy tale with a good stepmother!
Again quoting Wikipedia:
"The Icelandic fairy tale The Horse Gullfaxi and the Sword Gunnfoder features a good stepmother, who indeed aids the prince like a fairy godmother, but this figure is very rare in fairy tales."