We have all heard the story of Cinderella, with her ugly stepsisters, glass slipper, and happily-ever-after with the prince. There are dozens of book and movie retellings as well as fantastic artwork, costumes, and fun merchandise.
But what if we have had the story wrong from the beginning? What if the stepmother and/or stepsisters weren’t as bad as the stories say?
These six authors have decided to explore the idea in their works:
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gegory Magurie
With almost 50,000 ratings and 3,000 reviews on Goodreads, this book has been pretty popular since its publication in 2000. Set in seventeenth century Holland, this story presents stepsisters as sisters, with all the joys and arguments of a sibling relationship.
The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson
This one is a story of a stepsister in contemporary times. “Cinderella” is the pretty, popular girl in school who is dating her stepsister’s crush. But this stepsister isn’t going to wait for a fairy godmother to help – she will change her own life!
The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling
This book is the most recently released of these six novels, dating from June 12, 2015, not even a year ago. This stepsister is magically transported into the world of Cinderella after ripping an old picture book. Only problem is, she’s the ugly stepsister, not Cinderella!
The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett
The Cinderella in this tale is beautiful but spoiled. It’s the stepmother oldest stepsister who is desperately trying to keep her fiscally unstable family from crumbling, especially when Cinderella’s father dies. But an invitation to a ball could change all that…
“What Eyes Can See” is one of five Cinderella novellas in the anthology. This Cinderella is stunning by desperately shy. And, she likes cleaning. The stepsister falls for the prince, and the prince for Cinderella, but she will have none of it.
A Stepmother Story: The TRUE Tale of Cinderella by R.M. ArceJaeger
The stepmother is the hero of this twenty-paged story. What if she was the one that owned the dress and the shoes?
Readers, have you ever read of any of these Cinderella retellings? Do you know of any other retellings with the stepmother or stepsisters as heroes?