For Christmas I had received the Blu-Ray of the newest Cinderella movie starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham Carter. I hadn’t seen it in theaters, but it had looked promising to me and I thought, “Why not?”
It was definitely a cute movie, with Cate and Helena being amazing as always, and Rachel and I enjoyed it when we watched it later in the week. On New Year’s Eve we had borrowed a couple of movies from our good friend, one of which was Ever After, another Cinderella retelling with Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston, that we also liked.
Ironically, the last book I had finished (the first complete book for the new year, actually) was Cinder by Marissa Meyer. The Cinderella movies must have subconsciously helped me pick out that book to read next, and I loved it.
I remember a few months ago, Rachel had a post detailing adaptations of fairytales, and it’s amazing how different each retelling can be from another. Every single one of those tales had started somewhere and have since evolved through every verbal retelling, through every pen that had wrote it and rewrote the story.
Have you realized that no two people ever read the same book, that no two people ever interpret a book in the same way? I find that utterly amazing.
What are some of your favorite adaptations? Have you ever thought of creating your own fairytale retellings?