Don’t turn Cinderella into her Stepmother
-Ella would have abandoned her family/childhood home and found an apartment in the village.
-Ella would have ignored the prince in the woods, because she would have been too busy focusing on her education in order to raise her station.
-Ella would have worn a pant suit to the Grand Ball in defiance of cultural ballgowns that praise tiny waists.
-Ella would have asked the fairy godmother for some comfortable flats instead.
-Ella would have rejected the prince, if she even met him, because marriage is an outdated and patriarchal custom.
In essence, there would be no love, no magic, no life lessons, just a boring story. Cinderella would be altered into a woman who fends for herself, who rejects the notion that marriage can be fulfilling, and who reminds everyone around her that she has been unfairly dealt with in the past. She does not overcome her past and forget the pain, rather she uses her mistreatment as a driving force for self preservation.