January 4, 2016

Cinderella Tag!!

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!

1. In the vast array of fairytale heroines, what particular character qualities most define Cinderella? 
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.)

2. 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?
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.

Cinderella on Broadway; Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana

3. Are you an animal lover? Would you eagerly count mice, lizards, cows, and geese as friends? Dogs and cats? 
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.

Probably one of my favorite scenes. Cinderella (2015):

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:
This wedding dress from Loft 20 is like a modern-day Cinderella gown!:

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.

Cinderella shown with grace,beauty,and love,and above all a dreamer!:

10. 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? 
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.

Have Courage and Be Kind Watercolor Painting by HappyWaterPress:

Thank you for this magical party, Heidi!


  1. Love your answers!

    You're absolutely right--Cinderella is indeed a very strong character. I think that part of it gets "glossed over" because our culture tends to assume that quiet, humble, submissive characters CANNOT be strong. And that's simply not true.

    Yes--it's always best if the prince is Actually A Character instead of just being a cardboard-cut-out-Prince-Charming. I get the impression that the 2015 movie (which I have not seen YET) does a really nice job with that, which is awesome.

    I need to watch Ever After. I have decided. The end. :-)

    1. Thanks, Jessica!

      I know! What's up with that? And, on the flip side, even if a character is loud or outgoing or very independent, doesn't necessarily mean she is strong!

      Hahaha, yes, the 2015 version does a very nice job of giving the prince an actual personality and "story" besides just being Cinderella's prince. I think you'll enjoy it when you see it!

      Ooh, yes, you do!! It's a really great movie. :)

  2. I love all the pictures you chose, too! :D

    I'm with you on the stepsister issue. For some reason, it just seems more realistic to me to have one kind stepsister.

    WE ARE ROBIN HOOD. Yeah. That.

    I'm not a huge huge fan of the butterflies either. (Glad I'm not the only one!) I've read they were hand-painted, which is cool, but I'm not absolutely a diehard fan of it, I must say.

    Lovely answers! :)

    1. Aww, thanks, Olivia!


      Hahaha, I'm glad I'm not the only one, either! Thank you so much!

  3. (Okay, I'm reeeeeally needing to head off to bed... but I MUST comment on my dear Natalie's post!!! ;D)

    And what beautiful and thought-provoking answers! Yes, strength is DEFINITELY at the core of Cinderella's character. (And incidentally on the stepsisters... the others I was thinking about besides Jacqueline were the pair of sisters in the new Broadway version -- which I haven't seen, but I've heard/read summaries, etc. and listened to the soundtrack -- and then the 'sister' figures in The Inheritance. Though, come to think of it, I guess there are even some instances in things like First Love where the brother/her cousin is sticking up for her at times, too.) Anyhow, that was all kind of rambly. ;)

    So #4: I love your riding wordplay!


    And that wedding gif is utterly. too. adorable. Must bookmark. Immediately. (Seriously, I am.) It's too sweet! :)

    The 1950's version... I can't wait for your review on that.

    In fact, I can't wait for your reviews on any of these. :)

    #8: And I didn't realize Beauty and the Beast was your second favorite!?! (How did I not know that? Hmmmm.) And The Princess and the Pea! (Now why exactly would that be #1?!? ;D)

    #9: TANGLED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Okay, yes, we've been there before. *swallows hard* I'll stop.)

    And I love your 1920's idea! Oh, wow. That definitely starts some story ideas spinning... *rubs hands* And what is the current idea you already have? Or if you don't want to share publicly you can just tell some other time... maybe. ;p (Or I'll just haunt your inbox until I find out.)

    And ohhh, thank you so much for your kind words, dear!! The magic wouldn't be the same without the enthusiasm of all my lovely, wonderful friends! :)

    1. Heehee, so glad you did, Heidi!

      I have heard some of the Broadway version, but I didn't know one step sister was supposed to be nice! I haven't seen the other versions you've mentioned, but I'd love to, of course. :)

      Oh, I knooooow. Dancing in a huge, swirly skirt.....ahhh, what a dream come true that would be!!

      You mean you've never seen the 1950 version? Oh, you should. It's so sweet. :)

      You didn't know about B&B? Wow, how DID you not know that? Seems like I would have said that before...hmm. I really should do a review on that one, too. :)

      I know, right? I can't imagine what made me even include The Princess and the Pea....;)

      HAHA, no we can never talk too much about Tangled!! heehee (and you, know, cough, a Certain Someone...)

      Heehee, I know!! If I hadn't already had my idea in the works I would have loved to pursue thus 1920's version...maybe I can do both. Eventually. ;)
      Well, I'm not ready to share anything publicly yet, but you may hear about it sooner or later.... ;)

      Aww, your welcome! I'm just so happy with how beautifully this party is turning out!! You're doing a splendid job!

    2. P.S. Hee! Oh, dear me no. ;) I HAVE seen the 1950's version! Just eagerly awaiting your thoughts... ;D

    3. Haha, oh, I see. :) I actually -ahem- haven't finished my review post yet but I'm hoping to do so soon! :)

  4. I really enjoyed reading all your answers. And I think my answers to #3 would be exactly the same as yours. :)
    All those pictures are a feast to the eyes. :D I really have to spend a lot of time reading posts, because I have to pause a good while to take in every single photo (particularly when they involve Cinderella 2015). ;D
    Also, I've seen Ever After and I Really Like that movie. I can't remember not seeing and loving it. I think, as a Cinderella story in general I would pick the newer one over Ever After, but if I wanted something with a bit more action and comedy, I'd pick EA. So I love them both, really. :)
    And blue is my favourite colour, aallll the way. (Aqua is indubitably second, though.) It always has been and always will be. :D
    ~Miss Meg

    1. Thank you, Miss Meg!!
      Oh, I know, aren't they gorgeous? I love finding beautiful photos for posts. There's so many out there!
      I know what you mean. The new Cinderella is more traditional fairy tale-ish but I love EA for it's fresh, beautiful take on the story and how much fun it is!
      Ohhh, I love aqua. It's been my favorite for Quite Some Time. ;)

  5. I loved your answers! And all those PICTURES. SO PRETTY :)

    I'm with ya! I don't like butterfly necklines either :P Oh, and that collage is very very very beautiful :)

    1. Thanks, Rosie!!

      Haha, glad I'm not the only one. I love collages, and yes isn't that one gorgeous??

  6. YOU DON'T LIKE... The butterfly neckline?!!!!!!

    I've calmed down. :-)

    Loved your answers, Natalie - Isn't Lady Rose's wedding dress lovely? Lily James looks good in anything; but her wedding dress was SCRUMPTIOUS. (It's a real, vintage find - I watched the Behind the Scenes. :-D)

    Have I mentioned my love for your header? Well, I love it.

    ~ Naomi

    1. Oh dear....you know, I had a FEELING you would be upset with me for that. ;) hahaha

      Thanks, Naomi! And ohhh, yes, I adore that wedding dress. It's real vintage? Oh, that makes it even better! I just love how golden and sparkly it is. Quite beautiful. :)

      Heehee, yes, I think you did. Thank you again, though! :D

  7. 2. That's a very good point. It does seem more realistic for Cinderella to have at least ONE nice people in her life. Because it really would be terribly hard to suffer such things without ever having a kind word from someone.

    5. Oh yes! I like Ella's blue frock, too. And her wedding dress! I love all the colorful, detailed flowers on it. (Unfortunately, you don't see very much of it in the movie.)

    8. That is curious. Why would you go from liking The Princess and the Pea to LOVING it? Can't imagine. ;) Heehee.

    10. You have a Cinderella story idea in the works? :D Oh, how exciting! I really like the idea of a Cinderella story in the 1920's, though. Do you think you could do both? ;)

    Great post, Natalie!

    ~Miss March

    1. Miss March,
      I know! It's rather horrible how little you see of the dress in the movie. I heard that they put a LOT of work into making that dress and I was astounded. All that work and expensive material and the dress is seen for only a few moments.
      I'm glad you like Ella's blue frock too. :)

      Hahaha, I know, right? It's simply astounding and mysterious. ;)

      Well, I HAVE been tossing around different ideas for BOTH stories since I made this post....maybe some day I will have written them both. But we'll see. ;) (It certainly would be fun, though!! Eek, so many story ideas, yet so little time!)

      Thank you!!

  8. Awesome answers! Loved the idea of setting Cinderella in the 1920s and that dress worn by Lily James (I'm assuming its from Downton Abbey) is so lovely! :D

    1. Thanks so much, Faith! And oh yes, isn't it though? So lovely! And yes, you're right it's from Downton Abbey. :)

  9. Natalie,
    First of all, your header is lovely! The cream and light blue is the neatest combination.

    I don't think I've ever thought of Cinderella as a superwoman even though she is kind when there is no return of it She does, as my mother said when I was talking about it, have her animals and creatures can be such a comfort. :) But it is s very interesting point!

    Oh, and I've always wished to have a little field mouse as a pet (though not quite as much as a squirrel). It's such a pity that it wouldn't quite work. :)

    This is the first time I've ever seen the photo you chose of Cinderella on the horse; the sense of movement is so magical. I think it may very soon end up as my new desktop background. :)

    Ah, that "Cinderella" dress from the wedding site looks so airy and floaty, just looking at it almost feels like a refreshing waterfall or drink of water.

    The Princess and the Pea! What a shock! But on a different note: I truly am intrigued to see how the premise works into your story, if that makes any sense? :)
    Beauty and the Beast - I just love it so much!!! Though strangely enough, I usually prefer non- "magic" retellings of it, I guess that is just the wonder of the story!

    I put the BBC Robin Hood, too! Except mine is the one from the 50's. ;) Isn't it fun how we both love different BBC retellings of the story?

    Reading your answers was such a delight, Natalie! I'll probably "see" you again before the party ends. :) Have a lovely day!

    1. Thank you so much, Eowyn!

      That's true. Animals are definitely the next best thing if you don't have human friends. And perhaps sometimes, they're even better than human friends...just to have "someone" to have beside you when you're upset without having to explain anything. :)

      Aww, field mice are so cute! We actually got to care for a tiny baby squirrel once when my dad found it on the road (alive). It was just a baby (SO cute!!) and we kept it for a few days before taking it to a wildlife sanctuary. It was quiet fun! :)

      Isn't it such a beautiful photo? I love it too. :)

      Heehee, yes! I actually thought of taking the Princess and the Pea element OUT of the story at one point because my book had grown to a story in its own right...it really didn't need the PatP element at all. But, I decided to keep it. :)

      Ohh, I'm so glad you like Beauty and the Beast too!!

      Really? That is fun! Robin Hood is hard to beat though. :)

      Thank you!! I hope to "see" you again too! I can't wait to read your tag post!

  10. I love your answers - and all the pretty dresses you pictured! This week has been such fun! I'm loving all the Cinderella-themed blog posts and reading everyone's tag answers!

    (No, Lord of the Rings is NOT a fairy tale. It's an epic fantasy... there's a difference) :) :)

    1. Thank you for commenting, Jenelle!! And oh yes, it has been a lot of fun! I've re-discovered my love of Cinderella, that's for sure. :)

      Haha, that's true. It's just hard not to want to include LOTR in everything. ;) heehee

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    1. Isn't it though?? Thank you for commenting, Erudessa! (I love your name, by the way :))


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