Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mash Day: Cinderella Two New Ways

Cinderella is one of those stories that has been told and retold a million ways throughout time. Many different cultures and storytellers have put their unique spin on the tale. From the bloody (in the version the Grimm brothers wrote down, the stepsisters mangle their own feet in order to fit into Cinderella's slipper) to the saccharine-sweet (Disney's fluttering bluebirds and singing mice, for instance) Cinderella's story has been told almost every way there is to tell.
Yeah, yeah, you think...Cinderella is kid stuff. Not so!
Here are two recent retellings of the Cinderella story that were written just for you.
Ash works as an indentured servant for her stepfamily, sneaking off when possible to roam the wild woods where an enchanted world still exists, regardless of the changing beliefs of the townspeople. There, Ash meets the enigmatic fairy Sidhean. Also while in the woods, Ash grows close to the King's Huntress, who captures Ash's heart. Magical and girl-love romantic, in a time long ago.

In a future world, Cinder is the best mechanic in New Beijing, which does not change the fact that she is a cyborg (with a few high tech components). Therefore, Cinder is under her stepmother's command, and is not catching any breaks. In fact, when Cinder's sister Peony comes down with the deadly plague that is sweeping the Earth, Cinder's stepmother reacts by volunteering Cinder as a test subject for antidote research (sure death, there.). Meanwhile, the loathed Lunar queen is antsy to either go to war with the Earth, or marry the handsome Prince Kai. Oh! And did I mention that Prince Kai and Cinder have met, and appear to be flirting? That's all fine and good, except that if Prince Kai finds out Cinder's a cyborg, it will be more than all over. Poor Cinder! How will it all end?

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