1. In the vast array of fairytale heroines, what particular character qualities most define Cinderella?
~ Hope, loyalty, kindness, perseverance, patience, and hardworking cheerfulness. (And… this topic’s actually getting its own post later in the week, so more coming soon! ;))
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?
~ When both stepsisters are disagreeable (i.e. as in the original story) and Cinderella’s standing alone, I think the odds definitely skyrocket -- with certain story qualities standing out in bold relief. In other words, hands down, it’s definitely a huge contributing factor to the epic ‘feel’ and sheer, centuries long sticking power of the story. As such, I love it. At the same time, versions where one sister is kinder (though perhaps weaker, thus not necessarily standing up for Cinderella) can provide fantastic story and character depth. In conclusion, I’m passionately fond of both.
3. Are you an animal lover? Would you eagerly count mice, lizards, cows, and geese as friends? Dogs and cats?
~ I wouldn’t call myself an extreme animal lover, but I do count certain cows, dogs, and cats as friends, and talk/visit with them while out doing chores, etc. I’m not much on mice in cages, but the outdoor ones I’ve seen can be quite cute. (Not to mention I've LOVED the Brambly Hedge books since I was little.)
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 haven’t ridden sidesaddle, but I have ridden bareback.
5. Your favorite Cinderella dress/s?
|(Obviously. But yes, more on this will be coming later in the week, too, |
so we'll save the goodness. ;))
|One of my favorite's of Danielle's (from Ever After).|
And from Slipper and the Rose...
|(Her godmother's cape, not the -- um -- dreadful dresses in the background. ;P)|
(Basically, this film won me over to how beautiful the Georgian period can be.)
Also, full of delightful bustles, I'm very fond of a lot of the dresses in The Inheritance (and I'm sure sister dear will be highlighting some of them later in the week :)).
6. Do you ever think of Cinderella while doing your household chores? :)
~ Yes! Most especially while dishwashing. (As I’m doing right this minute while filling these out. Cinderella-ish multi-tasking, you see. :D)
7. What major character traits do you think are essential in a faithful prince?
~ Empathy for his people, servant leadership, loyalty, and (if at all possible) a healthy sense of humor.
8. Your top THREE favorite fairy tales (as in the original folk tales, not adaptations).
~ Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and… St. George and the Dragon. (I tend to think of that last one as more of a legend, but it definitely counts.)
9. Your top FIVE favorite fairy tale/legend type films (BESIDES any Cinderella adaptations).
How to Train Your Dragon 1
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Beauty & The Beast
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?
~ *coughs* Aside from anything 2015-ish related, I’d dearly love to do something set in India. At the moment, my ball gown would be something...
But more in this turquoise range.
11. And (purely for fun :))… what color/s do you immediately associate with Cinderella?
~ Blue and gold.
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Now I'm happily hoping to set off and read all your lovely posts that've been popping up today. Yay! ;)