7 Cinderella retellings that will satisfy your craving for more after the movie
In honor of the new Cinderella movie (which I've already seen. And loved.), I'm going to compile a list of some of my favorite Cinderella retellings.
I love rereads. I reread books over and over again, but I have to admit to myself that's it's never going to be the same as that first read. I don't have the same investment and anxiety over the characters when I know what's going to happen. I try to cheat this by reading retellings. So it's the same story in a completely new way. Retellings are largely fairy tales, but I'm not complaining -- I like those!
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
"Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future."
I love Cinder and the rest of the Lunar Chronicles series. If you haven't picked this up, I highly recommend it. It's probably my favorite "new twist" on the classic Cinderella story. All the elements are there, but it's just so much more.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
"At her birth, Ella of Frell was given a foolish fairy's gift--the "gift" of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. She goes on a quest, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and handsome princes, determined to break the curse--and live happily ever after."
Remember the movie? Forget the movie. It was nothing like the book (the book was better obviously). A middle-grade version of Cinderella that takes some pretty unique turns. I loved book Ella (not Anne Hathaway).
Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey
"Etienne de Brabant is brokenhearted. His wife has died in childbirth, leaving him alone with an infant daughter he cannot bear to name. But before he abandons her for king and court, he brings a second child to be raised alongside her, a boy whose identity he does not reveal."
Interesting twists on the original story -- Cinderella's father doesn't die. She has other friends than just the mice. She actually bonds more with her stepmother and stepsisters than her father.
The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson
"Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela meets the duke's son, Valten--the boy she has daydreamed about for years--and learns he is throwing a ball, she vows to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have."
A historical fiction version of Cinderella. I enjoyed the ball was in the middle of the book, so there was so much more to Gisela and Valten than just a pretty girl in a dress at a ball.
The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
"When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude at her evil aunt’s jewelry store. Then, on the very same day, a mysterious visitor and an even more bizarre piece of jewelry both enter the shop, setting in motion a string of twists and turns that will forever alter Lucinda’s path. In this magical story filled with delightful surprises, Lucinda will dance at the royal ball, fall under the Amaranth Witch’s spell, avenge her parents’ death, and maybe—just maybe—capture the heart of a prince."
Definitely different, but I enjoyed this one!
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
"Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other's countries in the name of better political alliances--and potential marriages. It's got the makings of a fairy tale--until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ball gowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way."
Second in a series, Princess of Glass entwines Poppy's story with her older sister's (book 1) and then comes back in her younger sister's (book 2). It has a little more magic and deception than the usual Cinderella story.
Bewitching by Alex Flinn
"You see, I’m immortal. And I pretty much know everything after hundreds of years—except for when to take my powers and butt out. I want to help, but things just go awry in ways I could never predict. Now a girl named Emma needs me. I probably shouldn’t get involved, but her gorgeous stepsister is conniving to the core. I think I have just the thing to fix that girl—and it isn’t an enchanted pumpkin. Although you never know what will happen when I start . . . bewitching."
A fluffy read with other story lines and flashbacks littered throughout, and the Cinderella plot has an interesting twist.
Also, isn't this art deco poster just gorgeous?