And if we are being entirely accurate, the earliest version of story is believed, but not proven, to be about a Greek slave girl who marries an Egyptian king. I have watched this movie enough times to know all of Drew Barrymore’s lines. 20 Childhood
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Weike Wang is the author of the novel Chemistry, which won this year’s PEN/ Hemingway Award and Whiting Award in fiction. Here, the princess of India, Nigeria, China. Ugly shoes that get me across water or slippers made of glass? And the child becomes colicky again. The movie I pick is Cinderella. At the ball, the prince is presented with an array of other princesses.
I have a child who is colicky, so we stay up nights. She is not so old that she can watch movies and understand them, but we do anyway. The former has brighter colors, more twirling. A good message, but then why are Ella and her mother also beautiful? When I was 10, I did not know what gender studies were. Barrymore’s Ella likes to read. My baby puts her foot in her mouth. She does not need to watch movies made for children as result of the first point, but we do anyway. The last movie titled Cinderella was the 1997 musical featuring Brandy and Whitney Houston. I don’t know, I reply. The baby prefers the new Cinderella to Ever After. I know the expression on the pig when she takes him out to find truffles. Diversity is good, and this is good for the actresses hired. I did not understand why ignorance was bliss. I was 10 and had just arrived in the States. Probably because I am tired. When I tell my neighbor about the new Cinderella, she asks why. These are also the dying words of Ella’s kind and courageous mother. It is the new Cinderella, the one with the gorgeous Lily James, and is meant, by Disney, to echo the “original” Ella, a classically blonde girl in a blue dress with a waist the size of my thumb. She is a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 awardee. The message, said again and again, is to be kind and have courage. I did not know about metaphors. The 1998 movie Ever After is one of my favorites. Is glass a metaphor? DECEMBER 20, 2018
This piece appears in the latest issue of the LARB Print Quarterly Journal: No. But now, more apparently, the story boils down to choosing, out of the pack, the woman of non-color in the most color-saturated dress. So what does going back to the original mean? Why still call it a slipper? The process of educating a child is going to be draining. She befriends a fictional da Vinci, who at one point walks across water in giant wooden shoes. You are a professor of gender studies at an all-women’s school, why are you watching movies about a princess? So I turn the movie off. Over the years, I have become a shoe snob. Why start now, before we can properly scream at each other? The new Cinderella is more diverse than Ever After. The new Cinderella might know how to read, though it is unclear. I could put on something educational — Chinese, for instance — but I don’t. Yet which would I rather have?