The world is teeming with different versions of the famous fairy-tale about the beautiful, modest and kind maiden, who suffers injustice, but is eventually paid back by the everlasting love of her Prince Charming. One of the first was written down by Charles Perrault, which was soon followed by the rendition, noted down by the Brothers Grimm. Both of them feature the evil Stepmother and Stepsisters, the dance with the Prince and the lost glass slipper, only in the first version Cinderella is bestowed upon with the ball gown by the Fairy Godmother and in the second by the tree, which she had planted on her mother's grave.
Almost uncountable is a number of the opera, theatre, television and film adaptations of this story as well, the most known among which is the Disney’s cartoon, filmed after the Perrault’s version. And, it is by all means the one that takes all credit for the dream of young girls from all parts of the world – to experience the Cinderella-like happy ending and marry a real Prince. However, in our society the stereotypes generated by this fairy-tale, seem rather old-fashioned, therefore they are precisely with what Ronald Dahl is wittily playing about in his version of Cinderella. His fairy-tale heroine shows to the world her determination and independence and as opposed to her predecessors rather opts for a proactive attitude. Our newest Cinderella is not to be sneezed at either. Her evil Stepmother and annoying Stepsisters make her fall into disgrace with her Father by deceit. The Father, who is the King's Secretary of State, punishes her by sending her to the kitchen. Oh, my! But Cinderella is not the one to dance to someone else’s tune too long. She takes matters into her own hands, sews herself a beautiful gown and enchants the Prince at the ball. Unfortunately, our Prince is quite vain, self-centred and spoiled, so Cinderella will have to make up her mind. But, she wouldn't be called Cinderella, if she did not to easily change the course of her own fairy-tale towards a happy ending…