Hello all!! I hope you're ready for a sparkly, magical week because I'm participating in Heidi's Cinderella week at her blog, Along the Brandywine. If you wish to join in, please do hop over there to find out the details-there's even a couple VERY wonderful giveaways going on that I think you'll love. :)
Here are my tag answers for the party!
I think it is her kindness, patience, and strength of will that sets her apart. In some retellings, especially ones for children, her character is very simplistically "kind". Despite her cruel step-mother and squabbling, mean step-sisters she manages to retain her joyful attitude. And it's shown as no big deal, just that Cinderella is very kind. What's up with that?? If you even begin to think about all that Cinderella goes through, it becomes quite apparent that just having a kind personality would not keep her sane. She puts up with being unappreciated, being insulted, and being treated cruelly every day of her life. I don't think it is just her kindess or patience that gets her through this, but her inner strength. (And, of course, if Cinderella is a Christian, her strength would be given to her by Jesus Christ.)
Hmmm...I'm not really sure on this one. The only kind step sister I can think of is Jacqueline from Ever After. She is so sweet! I think when there is a kind step sister who is pushed around by the step mother as much as Ella herself is, it is easier to see how hard it is to stand up to the step-mother. And, a Cinderella with no sympathetic human companions is not as a believable as one who does have some companions. I think we all know how hard it would be to live a very tough life with absolutely no companions to comfort or help us. It wouldn't make much sense if Cinderella is some "super" woman who can tolerate anything with no help at all.
I do love animals (although not quite as much as I did when I was little haha) and while I can't see myself calling all of the mentioned creatures my friends right now, I think I probably would if I lived in a attic all by myself and had no one else to talk to. Yes, I can definitely see that happening.
4. 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?
I have ridden a small handful of times in my life, and no, sadly, none of those times involved anything romantic like riding bareback through a field in a lovely dress or riding sidesaddle in an equally stunning riding habit. Would I like to try? Oh, most definitely!
5. Your favorite Cinderella dress/s?
Well, if we're not talking about just her ball gowns, I ADORE the summery, light blue frock that Ella wears for most of the 2015 movie. (picture above!)
I think my favorite ballgown adaption is the one from the 2015 movie, also.
LOOK. I really love giant, swirly skirts and the combination of lavender and different shades of blue is dazzling.
To tell the truth, though, I'm NOT a big fan of the butterflies. I prefer a slightly simpler neckline, kind of like this:
I also love Danielle's gown, minus the wings. I mean, I know it's a masquerade, but again, I prefer simple and elegant. ;)
The gold....it's sooo beautiful.
Lastly, I love Ella's wedding dress. It's simply stunning. (I'm sorry, you can't see it very well in the gif below, but it's such an adorable gif that I had to include it. :))
6. Do you ever think of Cinderella while doing your household chores? :)
Heehee, I think I have at one time or another.
7. What major character traits do you think are essential in a faithful prince?
Bravery, integrity, and wit. Not that he has to be witty persay, but he must have something substantial up in that head of his. Sometimes the Prince in Cinderella stories have little to no personality.
Okay. I say stories plural, but I'm really only talking about the 1950 Cinderella. haha
Am I the only one who thinks it would be amazing to work at Disneyland for at least a day as one of your favorite princesses?
8. Your top THREE favorite fairy tales (as in the original folk tales, not adaptations).
Oooh, this is rather hard because I tend to know most fairytales by their adaptions, not the folk tales. But, I've always liked the original tale of The Princess and the Pea. That's one. (And now I love it, I don't just like it. I wonder why.....) I adore Beauty and the Beast (tries desperately not to think of the Disney version but of one of the story versions I've read), and then I suppose I'll say Cinderella. :)
|this is beautiful|
9. Your top FIVE current favorite fairy tale/legend type films (BESIDES any Cinderella adaptations).
I almost wondered if Lord of the Rings counts as a legend type film, but then I told myself a firm "no" and stuck to traditional fairytales. ha With that being said my favorites are:
1) Tangled (Disney)
2) Beauty and the Beast (Disney)
3) Robin Hood (BBC tv series, 2006) (That counts, right??)
4) Aladdin (Disney)
5) Mmmm, not sure if this counts but I'm saying it anyways. Anastasia. The animated movie.
You can tell Disney has been my biggest provider of fairy tale adaptions haha.
Oh, what a fun question! Let's see.....hmmm..
Let's say 1920's England. That would be fun! I can't think of any Cinderella adaptions set in that time. (Ooh, now I have a story idea! Except I already have a Cinderella story idea in the works...)
As for my gown, I would looovee one similar to this. It's so beautiful. And look, it's Lily James! How fitting. ;)
11. And (purely for fun :))… what color/s do you immediately associate with Cinderella?
Oh, definitely blue. And some glittery, sparkly silver although I'm starting to love how much gold can be associated with her as well.
Thank you for this magical party, Heidi!