Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cinderella Tag!

The Cinderella Party is now in progress!!! Those words are so exciting! I confess that when Heidi first told me her plot for the party, I wasn’t extremely thrilled, but all the sparkles and fun have ‘got’ to me and oh am I tingly about it now! So are you “at” the party? If not, you really should come as (going through the end of the week) it is really like one of those terrific house party affairs you read about in old books. :)

In the vast array of fairytale heroines, what particular character qualities most define Cinderella?
Kindness, hidden strength, and true joy in her work.

What are some of the deeper, big picture differences you see between retellings where both stepsisters are nasty and others where one is nasty and one is kind? How do you think the two takes differently develop/illuminate/affect Cinderella’s character and also the overarching story itself?
(Very funny question Heidi. :)) I think that having the entire family nasty makes Cinderella’s situation more heart-breaking and acute as she continues living by the virtues taught her by her parents, even as she has no one to love her. And that is very much how I like the original story told. But, having just had a debate about this with my brother, I have a clearer view of both sides of the matter than I used to. :)

Are you an animal lover? Would you eagerly count mice, lizards, cows, and geese as friends? Dogs and cats? I have yet to meet any geese personally and mice do make me a little jumpy and dogs do turn me into a Mrs. Bennet sometimes (“Oh my poor nerves!”), but I love them all the same. :) However, yes, yes YES to every single one of them!

After asking question #3, I realized how remarkably many of the adaptations I’ve seen have Cinderella either horseback riding or involved with horses. Have you ever ridden? If so, have you ever ridden sidesaddle or bareback? 
This fact is, indeed, what makes Certain Cinderella’s some of my favorite movies EVER!

And I have! Western, five times in my entire life (I think I have that correct), English once (and loved it – so very elegant and movie-like!), but bareback is the only way I ride my horse.

Your favorite Cinderella dress/s?

This pinky coral number from Slipper and the Rose. Isn’t it the dreamiest thing ever? I sigh with the loveliness every time I see it. So light and summery; it would make the most perfect dress for a garden party.

Then I also really like her smoky blue one…

Finally her wedding attire –

The silvery crown and delicate flounced sleeves, finished with the pale pink and yellow rose bouquet..! So utterly royal and innocently girlish; the ensemble is just perfect for her character.

Connie’s ball dress in First Love-- aren’t the sparkles the most delightfully happy thing? I actually love all of her outfits, but this one is the most SPLENDID!

And in The Inheritance

First there is Edith’s brown dress with the pale pink roses on the bodice and plain tan skirt, worn with her mother’s delicate pink scarf. Doesn’t the entire ensemble look like something that Laura might have worn in Little Town on the Prairie? I always thought Laura’s clothes sounded so beautiful. :)

And her brown ferny one. So rich and with such satisfyingly simple beauty, but one of the major reasons I love it is that it looks like some of my mother’s dresses I used to play dress-up in. :)

But the outfit I desperately wish for (and it’s not even technically a dress) is… Edith’s riding outfit. 

Oh, how I love this! Classy English tailoring with a touch a femininity and just enough ease and hardiness that it could be worn in the wilderness. And the hat is simply the finishing touch. Yes, I could so picture this as my uniform. :)

Do you ever think of Cinderella while doing your household chores? :)

I used to more than I do now. Honestly though, I work for such a surprisingly thankful group of people and my duties (mainly cooking and animal work) being things I love so much, I’m afraid I don’t really.

What major character traits do you think are essential in a faithful prince?
Loyalty, honesty and being a strong support to both his people and his princess. I’ve seen princes that have different variations on this throughout their story – the Beast for instance (in Beauty and the Beast) – but if Cinderella’s prince lacks them it seriously breaks me up. That’s why Kit is my favorite. :)

Your top THREE favorite fairy tales (as in the original folk tales, not adaptations). Beauty and the Beast – Forever and a day…
Cinderella – this one comes in a very close second. I just love how the themes of these first two are/can be found in so many different stories!
Twelve Dancing Princesses – Sometimes I love it… sometimes…I don’t. However, this morning I came up with the most thrilling retelling of it, so currently I’m really excited about it.

Your top FIVE current favorite fairy tale/legend type films (BESIDES any Cinderella adaptations).
Pocahontas II – Thanks to Heidi for letting me put this in here, because it one of my Very Favorites.
Tangled – It’s golden, romantic, hilarious and totally crazy.
Sleeping Beauty (1959) – My first love of the “Disney Princesses”.
Sleeping Beauty with Svetlana Zakharova and David Hallberg – Magical and utterly breath-taking. Ballet lover or no, you really should see this!
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955- 1960) – One of my oldest and dearest friends, I knew it must be upon this list from the beginning.

If you could play Cinderella and the story could be set in any region of the world and any time period, what would you pick? And what would your dream ‘ball gown’ for it be like? 
More on this anon… but for a dress that makes me think “Cinderella” whenever I see it (and of course, there are many of these, on Pinterest alone there must be millions), but I always remember this one. :)

Lady Marian wears it in the episode The Little People from The Adventures of Robin Hood w/Richard Greene. It’s covered with sparkles, has that really neat lacing across the bodice and elbow sleeves. *sigh* It has everything!

And (purely for fun :))… what color/s do you immediately associate with Cinderella?

Blue and pink and gold and just SPARKLES. All of them shimmering with the twinkle of winter stars or the warm beauty of fireflies in summer.


  1. Definitely blue and sparkles when thinking of Cinderella. Great post! You can see my answers at my vintage blog (

    1. Michaila,
      Blue and sparkly are certainly Cinderella-ish! I don't think it's totally because of the Disney film either - it seems like they would be that way regardless. :)

      I'm looking forward to reading your answers!

  2. Loved reading your answers! :D

    Okay, I really need to see The Slipper and the Rose…and Pocahontas II! I love that one! Not as much as the first one, but still :D

    Your answer to the last question…*gazes in awe*

    1. Olivia,
      Oh, I'm glad. Slipper and the Rose is altogether lovely and the scenery is
      beyond compare!

      *blushes* Thank you, Olivia, your entire comment made my day. :)

  3. Sister dear! I LOVE THIS SO MUCH (which you know ;D). THE END.

    You're breathtaking as always... it's all sooooo fresh and dreamy and beautiful!!!!!!!!! :) ;)

    1. Heidi,
      Thank you so much, sister! As you know, your encouragement means the world to me. :)

  4. Wow, loved reading your answer tag Eowyn!

    I loved all the outfits you chose for favorite Cinderella dress.So much pretty!!

    And The Lady Marian dress looks beautiful!

    Also re-telling Twelve Dancing Princesses?? Sounds so awesome! Definitely go for it!

    1. Faith,
      Lady Marian wears the dress in a scene in the firelight and it sparkles at her every turn. Yes, it's totally dreamy. :)

      Thanks for your kind comment about the story! I do hope to write it soon, but you know... so much to write, so little time and all that sort of thing. :

  5. Oooooooo!!! Love the dress (I really need to watch more of that Robin Hood). And the more I see of The Slipper and the Rose, the more I want to watch it!!

    1. Erudessa Aranduriel,
      Isn't it dreamy? And when it comes to watching Robin Hood. I love how Robin Hood has so many versions and is such a universal thing, almost like Cinderella really... almost, but not quite. ;)

  6. Oh, I love how you described this as one of those continual house parties from old books! So perfect!

    That fact that you have debates about Cinderella with your brother is adorable. :)

    And oh! "My poor nerves!" in regard to dogs-YES.

    Oh, I REALLY love the outfits from The Inheritance...I keep learning more and more about this movie, only to have my desire to see it increase! I can definitely see that beautiful dress on Laura. I too love the clothing descriptions from Little Town!

    Aww, Kit is my favorite, too. :)

    Oh!! A retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses? That's so exciting!! Any details you can share yet? ;)

    Oh, you like the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty! I like it too. :) It was one of my favorites when I was little. I really adore Prince Philip. I'd LOVE to see Disney do a new live-action version of that movie like they did with Cinderella! Oh, the possibilities that would unfold....

    Heehee. Robin Hood!! :D And, on a similar note, I can definitely see why Marian's dress there makes you think of Cinderella. It's stunning!

    Wow, I love how you described the sparkles... "shimmering with the twinkle of winter stars or the warm beauty of fireflies in summer. " Perfect!!

    1. Natalie,
      It really did feel almost totally like that for me with Heidi in the house, plus everyone else going along with the excitement - it almost felt as if it were a holiday. :)

      Ah dogs - so sweet and at the same time so provoking!

      We used to listen to the Little House books (especially the last three) over and over again, but Little Town and the lovely times and "young lady" fun and things that Laura did was no little part of it. I think I may have to re-visit them this year. Anyway, I used to sigh over the description of "the brown poplin." :)

      Kit is the sweetest person!

      Disney SO needs to do a live action Sleeping Beauty!!! I suppose they already think they did with Maleficent, but from what I've heard of that movie it is not exactly a re-telling in the same way the 2015 one was of the 50's Cinderella. And it is really quite sad. :( Can't you just imagine what they could do with roses and sweeping medieval dresses? Besides the fairies would probably be hilarious. :) It makes me fluttery just thinking about it!

      I'm super excited that you think Marian's dress is gorgeous too. :)

      Thank you! Have a lovely evening (or whatever it is when you read this :)) friend!

    2. Eowyn,
      Aww, wow, your house must have been such fun during that week! :D

      YES! Little Town is just so sweet in so many ways. :)

      Yes, I haven't seen Maleficent, but I've heard the same. Ohhh, if only they redo it the "right" way! If they don't, you and I will have to petition Disney. :)

      It turned out that it WAS evening when I read your comment! Thank you! I hope you have a lovely evening (or whenever... :)) too!

    3. Natalie,
      Petition Disney we should. ;) I'm not at all sure about how their Beauty and the Beast is likely to turn out... What are your thoughts?

    4. Eowyn,
      I'm actually have quite high expectations (for now, anyways) for B&B. Mainly two reasons contribute to this:
      1) They did suuuch a splendid job on Cinderella that I'm hoping Disney learned they should stick to the original as much as possible. ;)
      2) The cast list sounds amaaazing. I'm especially looking forward to Dan Stevens as the Beast and Ian McKellan as Cogsworth. :)

    5. Natalie,
      You are quite right! They did do a PERFECT job on Cinderella!!!! I really am curious/hopeful that they will follow suit with B&B. :)

  7. I hadn't known there were so many versions of Cinderella out there! Great answers. ^ ^ My personal favorite is the Ever After version. :)

    1. Victoria,
      Nor did I, until Heidi started gathering information for this party!!! :) It really is almost stunning how many there are. I've only seen Ever After once, but I knew nothing about the story, so I was caught off guard about some of the events in the story. I really want to see it again, though. :)


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