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An Interesting Take on the Classic Tale

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister - Gregory Maguire

I can vaguely remember watching a TV movie adaptation of this when I was a young girl. Due to my limited memory of this movie, I had no idea what to expect with the book, and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was able to get through it.

 

First, I like how most of the focus of wrongdoing was on the stepmother and that she largely got what she deserved, but a bit less so than some of the stepmothers in other adaptations. I also enjoyed that there was some happiness for the stepsisters, who were not wicked at all, really. That the characters were fleshed out a bit more was great, and the inclusion of supernatural elements and the fears thereof was a stroke of genius.

 

So many Cinderella stories have some trouble with choosing a time period and sticking to it. This did not have that problem. The constant mention of the tulip fad and crash along with the fall of religious iconography in art and the religious differences made the Era very clear.