In Defense of Cinderella

It surprises me and disconcerts me that Disney’s “Cinderella” is dissed for having a poor role model as a heroine.

Why though?

Cinderella was living and growing up under the abusive thumb of her stepmother and bullying sisters — and all before she had had a chance to even grieve her father’s death.

She was also living in a time where an unmarried girl had little to no recourse, especially against her “guardians”. And she had no money of her own to leave, or risk losing the only place she had ever known as home.

 

Disney Cinderella. Waking up in the morning. Undoing her hair. Talking about a beautiful dream she had.

 

In essence, her stepmother could have sold her, thrown her out, or married her off to whomever she pleased, and Cinderella would have had no say in the matter. Class determined the justice one received. If Lady Tremaine had thrown Cinderella out, she would still have had no more of a status than a maid, as Lady Tremaine would have the right to disown her. And it would have taken very little money and effort to accuse Cinderella of being a thief or something and thereby have her thrown in prison or banished from the land.

In that situation, with absolutely no resources of her own, and absolutely no legal or social protection she could avail, she adapted to survive:
She learned everything a servant would know — even though she probably hadn’t even known how to dress herself in formal gowns while her father had been alive. (She was born into aristocracy; there’s a lot she would never have been expected to know or do for herself.) And by basically making herself useful to Lady Tremaine and her daughters, she made sure she was valuable enough to keep around instead of throw away.

More than that though, she was abused for YEARS from the time she was a child. And you CANNOT blame a victim of prolonged abuse for not fighting back or trying to better their situation — in any century.

 

Disney Cinderella. Cinderella and Bruno. Kind Cinderella.

 

But, even more importantly, despite everything, Cinderella was still very kind, gentle, and optimistic, often using her active imagination and daydreams to counter the drudgery and mistreatment she had to live with. And that…That is NOT weak. And nor could such a character be a poor role model.

Not in the least.

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IN TWO MINDS

Flash Fiction Chapter 11 by Written By A Moody Pen: “I have half a mind to leave you here alone to find the ghost you decided to make friends with.” “And the other half?” “It’s telling me I’d actually miss you if something happened to you.” “I like that half.” @WOLIWAIS

 

“I have half a mind to leave you here alone to find the ghost you decided to make friends with.”

“And the other half?”

“It’s telling me I’d actually miss you if something happened to you.”

“I like that half.”

#Perspectives

Flash Fiction by Written By A Moody Pen: “How on earth can you be so pessimistic all the time?!” “Because no one’s ever proved me wrong yet. No matter how desperately I wanted them to.” @WOLIWAIS

 

“How on earth can you be so pessimistic all the time?!”

“Because no one’s ever proved me wrong yet. No matter how desperately I wanted them to.”

Excerpt #4: Tall Hair

No particular rant today. (Or maybe I had one and just forgot?)

Just happy I’ve finally progressed to introducing a character into the story without threats and death knells ringing. 😛 Of course, that definitely isn’t all that’s happened in the story thus far. But by looking at the excerpts I’ve posted alone, it does seem like it’s trying too hard to be gloomy.

Hence, a change. 😉

 

Et voila.

 

@WOLIWAIS. Story Excerpt: "...A woman decked in pink ruffles and very tall hair strode in..."

 

 

Excerpt #3 – Ominous Ride

Maybe October and the whole Halloween connection influenced the mood of this excerpt. But then again, I ain’t exactly writing about butterflies and honeysuckle in this story. 😛

I’ve actually made very, very slow progress this month. Because, at first, I just blanked out and couldn’t figure out how to move forward in the story without jumping entire chapters altogether. And then I got so busy that I didn’t even have time to just double-click on the document and stare at it for a while in the hopes of being clobbered by inspiration if I stared at it hard enough. *Sigh!*

On the other hand, I have written more than two chapters now. So while I still have a loooong way to go, at least I’m not at a stand-still again. (And maybe being proud of completing two chaps is pathetic(?) — I don’t know — but I’m still proud of it anyway. So yay!) 🙂

 

Well, that’s all I really have to rant about this time. I’ve just been busy with completing actual paying projects and a number of other do-or-die (sort of) commitments recently. But hopefully this month will see more progress.

Anyways. Down to the excerpt:

 

#Story / #Novel #Excerpt. @WOLIWAIS. "...The ride there had been jerky and uncomfortable with plenty of ominous silences and subverted, threatening remarks from the guards. And the looming stone castle they'd finally stopped in front of had been more intimidating than stone walls had any right to be..."

 

Writing out loud, in whispers, and in silence…WOLIWAIS…

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