Cinderella is one of the most adapted fairy stories. There are thousands of versions across the world, ranging from family-fun classics like Disney’s Cinderella and A Cinderella Story, to modern, post-feminist interpretations like Ever After.
Not many people realise that Cinderella was in fact a folk tale which told the story of a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances before her luck suddenly changes, resulting is happiness and good fortune. The folk tale, which was first published in 1697, continues to influence popular culture internationally today. Its premise and characters are well known and many films have been made based on the ancient Cinderella premise.
More recently, Cinderella has featured young actors in popular American chick-flick adaptations such as A Cinderella Story, starring Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire) and Another Cinderella Story featuring Selina Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place). The third in the franchise is Once Upon A Song which tells the story of Cinderella in a contemporary musical. To celebrate the release of Once Upon A Song, we have put together a top 10 list of modern fairy tales.