midnight ball


Throughout the years, a lot of feminist critiques have panned Cinderella, including Emma Watson most recently, claiming that she’s a subservient doormat who lacks agency and waits for a man to save her throughout the course of her film. This criticism is null and void because Cinderella never once mentions wanting to find romantic love or wanting to meet the prince before attending the ball. This theory circulating, that many people have mindlessly reiterated, speculating that Cinderella planned to go to the ball to be saved by the prince is completely unfounded on the grounds that Cinderella ended up leaving the ball at midnight without so much as giving her name and, on screen, she verbally indicates that she had no idea the man she danced with the night prior was the prince at least three times. Ilene Woods, the original voice actress of Cinderella who had a lot of input into the development of the character, stated, “[Cinderella] was kind of spunky. She accepted life as it was and went after things she wanted. I think she was a spirited girl. I don’t think she needed the prince. I think she wanted to go to the ball and that was it at the moment. Then the prince wanted her and vice versa.”


Happy 30th Birthday, Ji Chang Wook ( 05/07/2017 )

YA Fairy Tale Retellings

I’ve had several people ask for some YA retelling book recommendations, so here are a few of each! I marked my favorites with an asterisk:


Snow White

Beauty & the Beast

Sleeping Beauty


The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Peter Pan

Aladdin/1,001 Nights

Red Riding Hood

Hansel & Gretel: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

The Little Mermaid: Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

The Frog Prince: 

Rumpelstiltskin: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

The Snow Queen

This will never fail to crack me up. He looks like Captain Jack Sparrow just decided, “EH - Why not go to a fancy dress & rub elbows with high society? I’ll take all their loose belongings while dressed like an aristocrat & they’ll never be any the wiser! Icouldgetawaywithit!” And, then he did.

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Sleeping Beauty

Beauty and the Beast

The Little Mermaid

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Little Red Ridding Hood

Snow White


Alice in Wonderland

The Goose Girl

Peter pan

Other Retellings

What is your favorite fairy tale retelling? Any retellings that aren’t on the list that you would recommend?

Yes, Lily James, you SHALL go to the ball! Swooning Cinderella fans say it’s the most breathtaking cinema gown ever. Now its fairy godmother designer reveals how she wove her magic by Sandy Powell

I knew the dress that transforms Cinderella into a beautiful princess needed to be big – very big. It had to be a showstopper.

Sadly, there was no real-life fairy godmother to conjure it up. In fact, it took a team of 20 people 4,000 hours to create eight versions of this very special gown.

The result? Rave reviews when the film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, opened in the UK a week ago.

Vanity Fair called it ‘genuinely magical’, while fans have said the dress is one of the most spectacular costumes ever.

But how do you go about creating the ultimate fairytale gown – and making it look truly magical on screen?

Cinderella – played by Downton Abbey’s Lily James – has to dance and run away into the night, and I wanted the dress to look as light as air, a watercolour in motion.

Costume-maker Jane Law and I achieved that with the choice of fabric and by using many different shades of shimmering blue.

Behind the many layers, the gown is a feat of structural engineering. We started with the underwear: the corset and the crinoline (skirt cage), which was made of steel.

Each of the eight versions of the gown is also slightly different. One was 2in shorter and a couple were 4in for the times when Lily had to run; another had holes cut in the sides of the skirt for harness work.

The hems got incredibly dirty as the shoot went on. That proved a headache – these dresses aren’t something you can just throw in the wash.

And it also wasn’t the most practical design. During filming, Lily and Helena Bonham Carter, who plays her fairy godmother and wears an equally huge gown, had to get used to it taking an age to be dressed. In the end, we got it down to a 20 minutes.

The trickiest thing Lily had to do in the gown was dance with her prince, played by Richard Madden. They practised endlessly, but poor Richard kept treading on her hems. Of course, when it came to actually shooting, they were faultless.

While I was delighted with the dress’s reception, I was surprised by the obsession with Lily’s tiny waist. People seemed to think it was setting a bad example to young girls. Some even accused the studio of digitally altering it. Ridiculous.

The reason her waist looks tiny is because the skirt is so huge – it’s an optical illusion – and she’s wearing a corset. The film is set in the 19th Century and every woman in the film is wearing one, even the maids.

I understand people get upset when incredibly skinny models appear on the catwalk or in photos. But Lily is not a super-skinny girl – there’s nothing wrong with her body. Cinderella is a girl known for kindness and courage, so it’s sad people just kept talking about her waist size.

Despite the sniping, the dress was everything I hoped it would be.


  • Creator Sandy Powell says outrage over Lily’s slender waist was misplaced. It’s actually an optical illusion – her waist looks tiny because the skirt is so huge.
  • The top layer of the gown is silk crepeline, a very lightweight, fine silk. The layers underneath are made up of a synthetic called yumissima, an incredibly light (and very expensive, about £150 a metre) material which floats when thrown in the air.
  • Lily always went to the loo before being stitched into the outfit… but if nature called again, a mini camping portable loo was slipped under her dress.
  • The designer and her team are sworn to silence about the cost, although some estimates have put it at about £11,000 per dress. But you can buy a similar design on the High Street for £100 – about 100 times less.


  • 3 Miles of thread in the hems
  • 250 Metres of fabric in each dress
  • 4,000 Hours it took to make eight different versions of the gown
  • 10,000 Swarovski crystals hand-applied to the dresses
  • 20 Minutes it took to get the dress on
  • 4 Inches one dress was shortened by to help Lily flee the ball at midnight

You know a lot of people are suspecting a badass concept this next comeback but ever since hearing the boys admit they want to do something more mature I’ve been thinking of a gentleman type of concept? Like it would be very suave and cool maybe a midnight ball type of feel..? Idk

A Dangerous Game (Suho Mafia!au fic) Chapter 10 - Cinderella

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The next morning it was difficult deciding on what to wear, I didn’t want to over dress, but I didn’t want to underdress, but quite frankly…I had no idea what Taekwoon and I would be doing so that didn’t help the situation. In the end I chose a nice pair of black jeans, a nice sweater, and some hightops. Casual but at the same I still looked night for a cool spring day.

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do you ever get a sudden wave of affection for someone? like you want to hug them and tell them how much you care about them but you can’t? because you weren’t taught how to open up to people and show how you feel about them i mean you try it you can’t so instead you look at them, trying to say what you want to say, as if they can read your mind. or you stare at your phone screen, trying to spell the words, hoping they could somehow know. but they can’t so you look away or you close the app. nothing gets said.

The MidCin Suitors Fave Princesses

SO I just saw Beauty and the Beast live aciton remake and its beautiful and I cried twice AND THE BEAST HAS A SOLO NUMBER. ugh okay I’m done

Anyway, it inspired me to consider what the guys’ favorite princesses are. Enjoy.

Leo: Definitely enamored with Belle. She’s smart, witty, not to mention gorgeous! They’d geek over their favorite authors together. 

Nico: He likes Ariel the most– she’s spunky, adventurous and a bit of a rebel. Nico also relates well with Ariel’s best friend, Flounder. 

Alyn: Admires Mulan, and secretly has a fetish for women in men’s clothes/armor. Even though Alyn loves being the protective type, he wouldn’t mind a woman who can handle her own battles, as well. 

Sid: Adores Jasmine completely. She conceals her identity to roam about Agrabah, and befriends a “street rat.” Sid also scoffs at Aladdin for pretending to be Prince Ali. Sid would rather knock on the palace door and ask for her hand straight out– and if that didn’t work they’d plot to run away together. 

Albert: Attracted to Snow White, because she is friendly with all animals. Also feels pity for her having to clean after 7 filthy (and sometimes bad-mannered) men. The only thing worse (in his eyes) is if she was in a shack with 7 Nicos.

Robert: Relates the most with Rapunzel, who is also adventurous and creative. Imagines the two of them going on long trips and painting pictures of the scenery together. 

Byron: Most closely relates to Merida. Much about romance and marriage is unnecessary in their eyes. Agrees with her on most things– except when it comes to uniting the clans. That, in his eyes, could be more of a priority. A close second-choice for him would be Elsa. Her no-nonsense thinking appeals to him. No, Anna, you cannot marry a guy you just met. 

Giles: Adores Tiana for her hard-work ethic and also pities her when she’s dealing with Prince Naveen. He’s dealt with enough arrogant nobles in his life to know what that’s like. 

Louis: Anna is the cutest princess, in his eyes, because she’s such a normal girl. She’s clumsy and goofy and loves her chocolate. Disapproves of Hans from the very beginning. Second-choice is Cinderella for her natural grace and her difficult background. Wishes she didn’t run away from the prince at the ball, though. 

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15. Loud, so that everyone can hear

Ruby fidgeted with the fabric of her dress, bunching and twisting the red silk between her hands. It took every ounce of her willpower not to tear the stupid thing off of her. It was a pretty dress, and she looked pretty in it, but pretty had never been her thing. Cool, maybe. Strong, for sure. But never pretty, or dainty, or anything that would let her fit in at this dumb rich-person party Weiss was dragging her to.

‘Dragging’ was the wrong word. Weiss had asked and of course Ruby had said yes because it was Weiss, who she would never be able to say no to.

“You look lovely.” Ruby glanced up into the bathroom mirror and found Weiss’ eyes in it looking back at her.

“Thank y–” The words died in her throat as she turned to face Weiss and realized that pretty wasn’t Weiss’ thing either. She was miles past pretty–stunning, gorgeous, goddess-like. In her midnight blue ball gown and with her hair swept off her face in an elaborate twist, Weiss was a star. “Wow.”

Weiss rolled her eyes but Ruby spotted the grin tugging at the edge of her lips. “It’s just a dress, you dolt.”

Ruby giggled and stepped closer. “I wasn’t really looking at the dress.”

Weiss flushed and shoved her away. “Oh, stop it Ruby, you’re shameless. We’re going to

be late.”

“Aw come on. Can’t I at least have a kiss?”

Weiss grabbed the front of Ruby’s dress and pulled her in for a peck on the lips. “There. Now let’s go.”

Ruby frowned, another wave of uncertainty washing over her. “Are you… are you sure you want me to come?”

“What? Ruby! Why in Remnant wouldn’t I want you to come?”

Ruby shuffled her feet on the bathroom tiles. Her heels were already making her feet cramp up. “I’ve never been… you know…” She gestured vaguely towards herself. “I don’t know how to be all fancy like you. I don’t want to embarrass you in front of your friends.”

“Ruby.” Weiss’ voice was soft and coaxing. “Ruby, don’t say that.” She took Ruby’s hands in hers. Rubbing soothing circles against Ruby’s knuckles with her thumbs. “You could never embarrass me.”

Ruby chewed her lip. “But what of they don’t like me?” She felt like a child worried about her classmates on the first day of school. But nevertheless the thought was still there. “What if they think I’m weird?”

Weiss sighed, and her hands moved to under Ruby’s chin, lifting it so that their eyes met. “They will love you, Ruby. Because I love you. That’s why I want you to come. I want the world to know how much you mean to me.” Something flashed across her face and Weiss’ hands dropped to her sides and within a few seconds she was at the window, leaning out over downtown Atlas. “I’m in love with Ruby Rose!” she called over the noisy city.

“Weiss!” Ruby yelped. “What are you doing?”

Weiss stuck her head back inside, a satisfied smile on her face. “There. You see? I’m not ashamed of you. I will never be ashamed of you.”

Ruby blushed as red as the fabric of her dress. “I love you too, Weiss.” Then she held out her hand. “Now let’s go to your fancy party.”