Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister

Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister

Extreme beauty is an affliction Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a ...

Author: Gregory Maguire

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061762598

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Is this new land a place where magics really happen? From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated second novel, a brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale. In the lives of children, pumpkins can turn into coaches, mice and rats into human beings.... When we grow up, we learn that it's far more common for human beings to turn into rats.... We all have heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty . . . and what curses accompanied Cinderella's exquisite looks? Extreme beauty is an affliction Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister. Clara was the prettiest child, but was her life the prettiest tale? While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, burning all memories of her past, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household--and the treacherous truth of her former life. God and Satan snarling at each other like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmotbers trying to undo each other's work. How we try to pin the world between opposite extremes! Far more than a mere fairy-tale, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel of beauty and betrayal, illusion and understanding, reminding us that deception can be unearthed--and love unveiled--in the most unexpected of places.
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The Makeover in Movies

The Makeover in Movies

... Bryan Forbes's The Slipper and the Rose (¡976), Andy Tennant's EverAfter (¡998), and Disney's The Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (2002). Perrault's French version, “Cendrillon ou la petite pantoufle de verre,” “Cinderella; or, ...

Author: Elizabeth A. Ford

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786417216

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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"This study identifies the makeover film as a specific genre with a history and conventions of its own. Groupings of films emerge: Cinderella films; teen transformations, like She's All That (1999) and Clueless (1995); films cut to fit the Pygmalion pattern, like Shampoo (1975) and Up Close and Personal (1996); and films that feature more mature, wiser heroines, like Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). This study closely considers the handling and cultural implications of the makeovers. Most importantly, the authors explore why female viewers respond so enthusiastically to a genre that implies women need to be transformed."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Advocate

The Advocate

His latest, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (ReganBooks, $24), which revisits the Cinderella story with several queer twists, has been greeted with similar enthusiasm. Twisting popular fairy stories has earned Maguire a big gay ...

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The Advocate is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) monthly newsmagazine. Established in 1967, it is the oldest continuing LGBT publication in the United States.
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Historical Romance Fiction

Historical Romance Fiction

... Deborah moggach's Tulip Fever; susan Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue; and Gregory maguire's Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. As pointed out by Gary Schwartz, the heroines of these novels are all remarkably similar.

Author: Lisa Fletcher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317121787

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

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The first book-length study of romance novels to focus on issues of sexuality rather than gender, Historical Romance Fiction moves the ongoing debate about the value and appeal of heterosexual romance onto new ground, testing the claims of cutting-edge critical theorists on everything from popular classics by Georgette Heyer, to recent 'bodice rippers,' to historical fiction by John Fowles and A.S. Byatt. Beginning with her nomination of 'I love you' as the romance novel's defining speech act, Lisa Fletcher engages closely with speech-act theory and recent studies of performativity. The range of texts serves to illustrate Fletcher's definition of historical romance as a fictional mode dependent on the force and familiarity of the speech act, 'I love you', and permits Fletcher to provide a detailed account of the genre's history and development in both its popular and 'literary' manifestations. Written from a feminist and anti-homophobic perspective, Fletcher's subtle arguments about the romantic speech act serve to demonstrate the genre's dependence on repetition ('Romance can only quote') and the shaky ground on which the romance's heterosexual premise rests. Her exploration of the subgenre of cross-dressing novels is especially revealing in this regard. With its deft mix of theoretical arguments and suggestive close readings, Fletcher's book will appeal to specialists in genre, speech act and performativity theory, and gender studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Next Queen of Heaven

The Next Queen of Heaven

A farcical and imaginative novel by the bestselling author of "Wicked" and "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" that was originally published as a limited-edition book for charity, now widely available for the first time.

Author: Gregory Maguire

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ISBN: 0981782426

Category: City and town life

Page: 296

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A farcical and imaginative novel by the bestselling author of "Wicked" and "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" that was originally published as a limited-edition book for charity, now widely available for the first time.
Categories: City and town life

Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales

Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales

In two recent retellings of “ Cinderella , ” Maguire's Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister ( 1999 ) , a historical novel , and Ellen Jackson's Cinder Edna ( 1994 ) , a picture book , Cinderella and her prince are contrasted with another ...

Author: Vanessa Joosen

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814334520

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 362

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The first systematic approach to the parallels between fairy-tale retellings and fairy-tale theory.
Categories: Literary Criticism

American Literature on Stage and Screen

American Literature on Stage and Screen

A novel by Gregory Maquire (1999) TV: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (ABC-TV 2002). ... Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is Gregory Maguire's imaginative retelling of the Cinderella story taking the point ofview of one of the ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786492794

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 308

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The 525 notable works of 19th and 20th century American fiction in this reference book have many stage, movie, television, and video adaptations. Each literary work is described and then every adaptation is examined with a discussion of how accurate the version is and how well it succeeds in conveying the spirit of the original in a different medium. In addition to famous novels and short stories by authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Willa Cather, many bestsellers, mysteries, children’s books, young adult books, horror novels, science fiction, detective stories, and sensational potboilers from the past two centuries are examined.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Advocate

The Advocate

Cinderella's costars (from left): Skye and Poole as the stepsisters, Styler as the fairy godmother ... When I heard that my 1999 novel Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister had been purchased for an ABC TV film, I cherished the slim hope ...

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The Advocate is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) monthly newsmagazine. Established in 1967, it is the oldest continuing LGBT publication in the United States.
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Woke Cinderella

Woke Cinderella

Many contemporary “Cinderella” adaptations, such as Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Sex and the City, use the internally persuasive dialogue of first-person narration in a way that challenges authoritative fairy-tale texts.

Author: Suzy Woltmann

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781793625953

Category: Social Science

Page: 286

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Glass slippers, a fairy godmother, a ball, a prince, an evil stepfamily, and a poor girl known for sitting amongst the ashes: incarnations of the "Cinderella" fairy tale have resonated throughout the ages. Hidden between the lines of this fairy tale exists a history of fantasy about agency, power, and empowerment. This book examines twenty-first-century “Cinderella” adaptations that envision the classic tale in the twenty-first century through the lens of wokenesss by shifting rhetorical implications and self-reflexively granting different possibilities for protagonists. The contributors argue that the "Cinderella" archetype expands past traditional takes on the passive princess. From Sex and the City to Game of Thrones, from cyborg "Cinderellas" to Inglorious Basterds, contributors explore gender-bending and feminist adaptations, explorations of race and the body, and post-human and post-truth rewritings. The collection posits that contemporary “Cinderella” adaptations create a substantive cultural product that both inform and reflect a contemporary social zeitgeist.
Categories: Social Science

Missing Sisters

Missing Sisters

But is there a place in that family for Alice? From bestselling author Gregory Maguire comes a funny, heartrending story of the strength of sisterhood and the struggle to find a family of one's own.

Author: Gregory Maguire

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061919299

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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Alice's life is about to change. She's a skinny orphan. She's never been able to hear too well. And she can't speak too well, either. The only person who seems to care for her—one of the nuns at the orphanage—gets taken away from Alice in a freak accident. And then one day somebody calls Alice by the wrong name. Miami, she says. Miami Shaw. Miami Shaw, who may be Alice's twin sister. Who lives only a few miles away. Who has what Alice has always dreamed of—a whole wonderful family. But is there a place in that family for Alice? From bestselling author Gregory Maguire comes a funny, heartrending story of the strength of sisterhood and the struggle to find a family of one's own.
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

Setting the story amid the cultural, political and artistic whirlwind of Renaissance Italy—and casting the notorious Lucrezia Borgia as the Evil Queen—Mirror Mirror will enthrall a wide array of book lovers ranging from adult fans of ...

Author: Gregory Maguire

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061748042

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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“A brilliant achievement.” —Boston Herald “Entertaining…profound….A novel for adults that unearths our buried fascination with the primal fears and truths fairy tales contain.” —Christian Science Monitor Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author who re-imagined a darker, more dangerous Land of Oz in his New York Times bestselling series The Wicked Years, offers a brilliant reinvention of the timeless Snow White fairy tale: Mirror Mirror. Setting his story amid the cultural, political and artistic whirlwind of Renaissance Italy—and casting the notorious Lucrezia Borgia as the Evil Queen—Maguire and Mirror Mirror will enthrall a wide array of book lovers ranging from adult fans of Harry Potter to readers of the sophisticated stories of Angela Carter.
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Lost

Lost

Wally Lamb But GATCE MAIRE and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Gregory Maguire “ Bewitching . ” —Chicago Tribune “ An arresting hybrid of mystery , fairy tale , and historical novel ... Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister isn't easy to ...

Author: Gregory Maguire

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061748668

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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“A brilliant, perceptive, and deeply moving fable.” —Boston Sunday Globe Publishers Weekly calls Gregory Maguire’s Lost “a deftly written, compulsively readable modern-day ghost story.” Brilliantly weaving together the literary threads of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and the Jack the Ripper stories, the bestselling author of The Wicked Years canon creates a captivating fairy tale for the modern world. With Lost, Maguire—who re-imagined a darker, more dangerous Oz, and inspired the creation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway blockbuster Wicked—delivers a haunting tale of shadows and phantoms and things going bump in the night, confirming his reputation as “one of contemporary fiction’s most assured myth-makers” (Kirkus Reviews).
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Matchless

Matchless

In Matchless, Gregory Maguire adds a different dimension to the story, exquisitely intertwining the match girl's tale with that of Frederik, a young boy who builds a city out of trash, and whose yearnings are the catalyst for a better ...

Author: Gregory Maguire

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062004826

Category: Fiction

Page: 112

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The beloved New York Times bestselling author of Wicked reimagines Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" for modern readers, putting a new twist on a timeless classic. In Matchless, Gregory Maguire adds a different dimension to the story, exquisitely intertwining the match girl's tale with that of Frederik, a young boy who builds a city out of trash, and whose yearnings are the catalyst for a better future for himself and his family. Maguire uses his storytelling magic to rekindle Andersen's original intentions, suggesting transcendence, the permanence of spirit, and the continuity that links the living and the dead.
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Grammar for Teachers

Grammar for Teachers

Confessions of an ugly stepsister (p. 43). New York: HarperCollins.] B. Caspar is here to learn the trade of drafting, but he's a hopeless fool... He will canter into a low lintel one day and brain himself... He is bereft of any real ...

Author: Andrea DeCapua

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319339160

Category: Education

Page: 439

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Updated and revised with more examples and expanded discussions, this second edition continues the aim of providing teachers with a solid understanding of the use and function of grammatical structures in American English. The book avoids jargon and presents essential grammatical structures clearly and concisely. Dr. DeCapua approaches grammar from a descriptive rather than a prescriptive standpoint, discussing differences between formal and informal language, and spoken and written English. The text draws examples from a wide variety of authentic materials to illustrate grammatical concepts. The many activities throughout the book engage users in exploring the different elements of grammar and in considering how these elements work together to form meaning. Users are encouraged to tap into their own, often subconscious, knowledge of grammar to consciously apply their knowledge to their own varied teaching settings. The text also emphasizes the importance of understanding grammar from the perspective of English language learners, an approach that allows teachers to better appreciate the difficulties these learners face. Specific areas of difficulties for learners of English are highlighted throughout.
Categories: Education

Fairy Tale TV

Fairy Tale TV

Cox and Natalie Desselle, sneak around the garden watching Cinderella and the Prince. ... possibilities of the “Cinderella” story with an adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999).

Author: Jill Terry Rudy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000092981

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

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This concise and accessible critical introduction examines the world of popular fairy-tale television, tracing how fairy tales and their social and cultural implications manifest within series, television events, anthologies, and episodes, and as freestanding motifs. Providing a model of televisual analysis, Rudy and Greenhill emphasize that fairy-tale longevity in general, and particularly on TV, results from malleability—morphing from extremely complex narratives to the simple quotation of a name (like Cinderella) or phrase (like "happily ever after")—as well as its perennial value as a form that is good to think with. The global reach and popularity of fairy tales is reflected in the book’s selection of diverse examples from genres such as political, lifestyle, reality, and science fiction TV. With a select mediagraphy, discussion questions, and detailed bibliography for further study, this book is an ideal guide for students and scholars of television studies, popular culture, and media studies, as well as dedicated fairy-tale fans.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Retelling Cinderella

Retelling Cinderella

For the young teenage group the American author Gregory Maguire's fantasy Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is narrated by her (possibly autistic) older sister. Maguire's tale problematises beauty, making Iris/Cinderella plain and her ...

Author: Nicola Darwood

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527562035

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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Cinderella’s transformation from a lowly, overlooked servant into a princess who attracts everyone’s gaze has become a powerful trope within many cultures. Inspired by the Cinderella archive of books and collectables at the University of Bedfordshire, the essays in this collection demonstrate how the story remains active in various different societies where social and family relationships are adapting to modern culture. The volume explores the social arenas of dating apps and prom nights, as well as contemporary issues about women’s roles in the home, and gender identity. Cinderella’s cultural translation is seen through the contributors’ international perspectives: from Irish folklore to the Colombian Cenicienta costeña (Cinderella of the coast) and Spanish literary history. Its transdisciplinarity ranges from fashion in Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm’s publications to a comparison of Cinderella and Galatea on film, and essays on British authors Nancy Spain, Anne Thackeray Ritchie and Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Son of a Witch

Son of a Witch

In this captivating New York Times bestseller, beloved author Gregory Maguire returns to the land of Oz and introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch.

Author: Gregory Maguire

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061752513

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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In this captivating New York Times bestseller, beloved author Gregory Maguire returns to the land of Oz and introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Is he really Elphaba's son? He has her broom and her cape—but what of her powers? In an Oz that, since the Wizard's departure, is under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up?
Categories: Fiction

Folktales and Fairy Tales Traditions and Texts from around the World 2nd Edition 4 volumes

Folktales and Fairy Tales  Traditions and Texts from around the World  2nd Edition  4 volumes

sibling rivalry as central to the tale: the stepsisters are exaggerated symbolic representations of a child's real siblings. ... Gregory Maguire's Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999) sets the tale in seventeenth-century Holland.

Author: Anne E. Duggan Ph.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610692540

Category: Social Science

Page: 1590

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Encyclopedic in its coverage, this one-of-a-kind reference is ideal for students, scholars, and others who need reliable, up-to-date information on folk and fairy tales, past and present. • Provides encyclopedic coverage of folktales and fairy tales from around the globe • Covers not only the history of the fairy tale, but also topics of contemporary importance such as the fairy tale in manga, television, pop music, and music videos • Brings together the study of geography, culture, history, and anthropology • Revises and expands an award-winning work to now include a full volume of selected tales and texts
Categories: Social Science

Four Stupid Cupids

Four Stupid Cupids

The students' scheme to find a love match for their beloved teacher on Valentine's Day turns into a comedy of errors when four stupid cupids from Ancient Greece try to help.

Author: Gregory Maguire

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0395838959

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 183

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The students' scheme to find a love match for their beloved teacher on Valentine's Day turns into a comedy of errors when four stupid cupids from Ancient Greece try to help.
Categories: Juvenile Fiction