As I watched a performance of Cinderella at The National Ballet of Canada last week, I couldn’t help but think of all the different ways that this amazing story has been told over the years.
The Disney version might be the most popular, but there have been countless other Cinderella movies made. There are novels based on the story of Cinderella, such as Gregory Maguire’s Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. There have been Cinderella musicals, operas, songs, comic books and even video games.
My favourite version of Cinderella is the one told by the Brothers Grimm in their Complete Fairy Tales collection. I love that it is dark and just the right amount of creepy. I think that even in such a short story, the reader can really feel the sadness of the young girl over the death of her mother.
I guess the Grimm version is a little gruesome, what with the cutting off of the toe and the pigeons picking out the sisters’ eyes at the end. It’s probably for the best that the ballet and countless other adaptations have opted for the tamer side of the story instead.