Guest Post with The Flashlight Reader: Updating Cinderella into Modern Times

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Today, Alanna from The Flashlight Reader has stopped by with a hilarious guest post that will have you rolling around on the floor laughing!

Alanna always reviews some great books and loves fairy tales and mermaids as much as I do, so make sure you check her blog out!

Updating Cinderella into Modern Times

The story of Cinderella is one of the most popular fairy tales of all time. It is believed that the “original” Cinderella tale could be as old as the ancient Egyptian story of Rhodopis from the first century B.C. That is serious fan appeal. Why has this fairy tale remained so popular? Who knows. Maybe it has something to do with the constant updating and “modernizing” of the plot? Not too long ago, there was a retelling featuring Drew Berrymore in EVER AFTER. Before that, there was the always amazing Rodgers and Hammerstein musical version of the 1950s. There was even a Disney channel version featuring a Cinderella with a pair of sweet kicks and more sashaying than Shakira on tour. 

 If I had to imagine a modern version of Cinderella, there would be a fair amount of “updating” needed. 

1. How I clean house would have to change. A broom? I don’t think so. I invested in a Dyson years ago. My modern Cinderella would have to get with the program. Better yet, she could use one of those mini-robot vacuum cleaners. 

2. Glass slippers? Oh no. I’m terrible about keeping up with my pedicures in the winter. I couldn’t have glass shoes showing off my hobbit toes. I’m thinking a rockin’ pair of Jimmy Choos or Christian Louboutins would be a better choice. While we’re talking attire, that dress needs to be updated too. Poofy ball gowns are so 2011. 

3. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not down with riding in a pumpkin. Period. Pumpkins are meant for carving and for pies. That’s it. This princess-to-be would need a Bentley. 

4. The curfew also needs to change. Midnight? That’s a curfew suitable for teenagers attending Junior prom—not for adults cruisin’ in Bentley and rockin’ Jimmy Choos. After all, Eric Clapton said it best when he sang, “After midnight, Imma let my hair hang down.” If you remember back to your wilder days, you’ll recall that the best social scenes didn’t get started until midnight. Don’t be the lame-o leaving at the stroke of twelve. 

5. I would also need my modern Cinderella to have real friends. Talking to animals is border line asylum entry material. She will need an iPhone 4s. If she’s desperate, she can chat with Siri. Better yet, put that double camera feature to good use and Skype with someone that doesn’t eat food—literally—out of your hand. 

 Okay, so maybe my “updated” Cinderella would be a bit snobby, but you have to admit this would be a hilarious retelling. Maybe I’m on to something…


  1. What a fun post! Love the modern-day Cinderella, for sure.

  2. Darling, I love you...and I love THIS!! Your post truly has me rolling around on the floor. That wasn't just for show. It's so much fun!!

    And you're IS an idea. Better jump on it! ;)

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