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First peek – The Murano Glass Slipper

Today I’m excited to share one of my favourite scenes from The Murano Glass Slipper: A Cinderella retelling, the sequel to to The Rose and the Mask and my permanent answer to the question “what are you doing tonight?” Of course, it hasn’t passed the eagle eyes of my lovely editor yet, but I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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Glass Slippers Are An Objectively Terrible Idea

I went to see the new Cinderella movie today and I had a lot of feelings about it. This post is basically wall-to-wall spoilers so don’t read it if that is something you care about.

Okay, so there’s this girl called Ella

She’s growing up in an advert for fabric softener or picnic blankets or having servants or something

ella as a little girl

She talks to the geese and mice and whatever

And she is her parents’ little princess





Anyway, her mother dies suddenly of Plot

I mean they don’t even pretend it’s something else

She doesn’t even get that significant cough that people die of in period dramas

She just kind of keels over

But not before she screws her daughter up for life

By telling her to always let people treat her like crap

ella's dying mother smiling

Good luck with that.

(Actually she says “Have courage and be kind”

But the result is kind of the same.)

Anyway, years pass

Ella grows up

And her father presumably takes some kind of correspondence course with the University of Poor Life Choices

Because one day he’s like

“Welp, better marry a no-good, gold-digging meaniepants now.”

And he brings home Galadriel.


There is nothing wrong with wanting to marry Galadriel

Except Ella’s dad doesn’t bring home this Galadriel

galadriel being pretty

He brings home this one

galadriel being evil

Which is a mistake

No matter how cool her outfits are.

lady t in an enormous hat

Anyway, Evil!Galadriel

Whose name is actually Lady Tremaine

Throws a bunch of parties and stuff

Which Ella’s dad is not really into

In fact, he basically immediately starts acting like this whole marriage thing was something he was forced into

Even though he specifically says a couple of scenes earlier that he wants to do it

For happiness reasons

And goes on about how much he misses Ella’s mother

Which, I mean

I’m not a marriage expert or anything

But that seems like a good way to hurt the feelings of your new wife

You know

The one you really wanted to marry and be happy with.

It’s not totally inconceivable that she might be listening.

lady t in a doorway

She lives here.

Then again, he’s about to go away for several months

So I guess he can say what he likes.

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