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Cinderella Is Pretty Crap Actually

It’s also totally ok to call out fairytales or their tellings for being pretty uninspiring.

I had to take my daughter to the doctor the other day and she found a small picture book based on the classic 1950s Disney Cinderella.  There is a LOT wrong with this story, explained beautifully here by Honest Trailers:

But I think one of the overlooked crappiest bits of Cinderella is that it revolves around one of the most glaring plot holes around:

cinderella text

I mean this:

cinderella text why

Why don’t the slippers disappear?  Just cause.

The ENTIRE PLOT, and there’s not a lot of it, hinges on this random aberration.  And it’s like the ghost writer knew it and could not even be bothered trying to explain.  Like in The Little Mermaid, Ariel can read and sign a contract, but never once tries to pen a note to Prince Eric explaining who she is or what’s going on.

Cause tradition.

Also, in this particular book the Cinderella ideal of feminine beauty had gotten so ridiculous in the nose department that I think she must have abused a Horcrux or two:

cinderella voldemort

Cinderella or Lord Voldemort?

Do you see it? No?

What about now?

voldemort cinderella


Like a creepy Botticelli Venus.

When did you first realise some fairytales were downright stupid?

2 comments on “Cinderella Is Pretty Crap Actually

    August 10, 2015

    Lol. You know those fairytales. Built on the broadest terms possible to teach the most simplistic of societal norms and traditional expectations. Can’t really hold it against them that they reflected a jazzed up version of proverbs meant to uphold the establishment.

    In some of the versions of Cinderella I’ve read they did in fact have an explanation for why the shoes remained, which the recent movie used if I recall correctly. The shoes were the only things the Fairy Godmother made that night. They were not derived from already present items. The dress was spun out of her old clothes, and animals were made into her attendants, so when the magic wore off at midnight, they turned into their true selves. But the shoes were never anything else but glass shoes and so could not change back.

    Totally with you on the Little Mermaid and the beauty standards though. As a child, I hated the Little Mermaid for just that reason and didn’t even want to see the movie because it just ‘fixed’ the unhappy ending without changing the nonsense that led up to it. Never understood why people liked that story so much. I much preferred The Little Match Girl, The Snow Queen and The Nightingale. Frozen messed with the Snow Queen, but I couldn’t hate on it either–I was that relieved to see a message of sisterhood, acceptance and true love not just being romantic love.


    November 1, 2015

    I nominated you for the 3 Day Quote Challenge.

    I know you’re busy, but I hope you can find the time to do it later. I’d love to see what you end up with.


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