Mine might be a little different from the other books on this hop. (The story of my life.) My writing tends to be a bit on the serious side, more like the classic definition of Women’s Fiction.
Honestly, I was a bit disappointed in myself when I realized that Lily the protagonist of my Lilyland Trilogy* is a Cinderella spin-off. I thought I was being more clever than that. But, I became okay with it. After all, the rags-to-riches Cinderella theme has been popular in many cultures for centuries. In other words, it works.
Do me a favor. As you read this, don’t think of Disney’s Cinderella. Think The Brother’s Grimm.
Like Cinderella, my Lily starts off as underappreciated. Knocked down by life, she’s having a hard time getting back up. Her step-mother is Insecurity. Her stepsisters Shame and Guilt. During that time, she meets a Prince Charming Charlie (a bad boy and accomplished film director)at a fund-raising gala—like a ball. They light each other up during the evening of dancing and conversation, even exchanging phone numbers, but neither initiates contact.
Maybe her golden slipper is her smile and the way she touches Charlie’s heart. A twist of fate reunites them a year later, and the magic is still there. He even calls her princess…
“Thank you, Lily.” His solemn expression turned into something goofy, something I hadn’t seen yet. “I keep wanting to call you Princess.”
“Princess? Like on your phone?”
“The night we met you said you felt like a princess.”
“So I did.”
…and invites her to an elite party in Los Angeles where he lives and works. Lily is unaccustomed to the lifestyle of the rich and famous and she’s helped by several of Charlie’s women friends to dress for the occasion. She even compares herself to Cinderella.
“I have something for you,” Charlie said and opened a black case he had been holding. “These are only leased, mind you.”
“You think of everything, don’t you?” I whispered in awe. “Thank you so much! They’re beautiful.”
In front of the hall mirror he placed a simple but elegant diamond necklace on me and clasped it. Sophie and Rachel each inserted an earring.
“Thank you, everyone,” I said. “I feel like Cinderella with all the birds and bunnies dressing her for the ball.”
(Yes, from the Disney version. Face palm.) Birds help our heroine in the Grimm’s version.
Of course, there are several differences. In Lily’s story is we get to see her life after she lands the prince and gains the castle. In fairy tales, we never see the prince’s flaws. Lily’s Prince Charlie has a few of them. The biggie is his sex addiction, putting happily-ever-after in serious jeopardy. We also never see the day-to-day life. Does Cinderella spend the day inspecting the palace’s cleaning staff and offering handy household hints she learned during her years of oppression sweeping hearths and picking peas and lentils from ashes? Does she train birds and design slippers? Lily eagerly jumps in as Charlie’s production company and film directing partner. No Real Housewife life for her!
Another difference is age. Lily is a middle-aged Cinderella with a grown daughter and a painfully failed marriage. And her prince may display charming behavior, but he’s no kid in search of his first wife.
In Grimm version of fairy tales, the baddies are always brought to justice. The good girls and guys always win, unlike real life sometimes. Lily’s princess life throughout the trilogy has its share of challenges that take the composure, wisdom and grace of a queen to handle. Does she get her happily-ever-after? Read Lilyland and find out.
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Question– Even though Lily’s prince has a huge character defect, she gives him a shot. Well, plenty of shots. What would be a deal breaker for your prince? Loud beer burps? Leaving his underwear where you step on it or leaving the toilet seat up? Picking on your mom? Enter your deal breaker in the comments.
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Always putting others down is one for sure. email@example.com
Thanks for your comment, Gretchen! Always putting others down is a poison to everyone around. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Cheating would be the deal breaker for me.
Lily’s obsessed and puts up with a bunch of it–she has her reasons, but yeah, in real life, that would be it.
i did and the idiot was seeing other women behind y back when i went thorugh cnacer not one time but 2 time and lost my all of my hair he had cancer but not lost his but he balled like a baby for 6 mo and then got on line and told women to feel sorry for him bs finally had my full left
Wow, Desiree! So sorry for your cancer–and the idiot. Hope you’re you’re doing well. I’m a 2X cancer survivor, too. Didn’t loose any hair though–except what normally falls out-which is way too much. Hubby had cancer, too. We know way more about it than we ever thought we would.
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I would hate it if he was always asking me where I am all the time and getting involved in all of my business. I need to be independent even in a relationship. I wouldn’t want him to know where I am and what I’m doing every second of the day. Guess it’s pretty obvious that I’ve been single awhile, lol.
That would be a huge adjustment to make. Sometimes they ask because they care, sometimes because they want to control. Pick the first one!
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I think I read somewhere that men are more forgiving than women when it comes to cheating. But…I’m not going to experiment and find out.
For me, i have three major ones, putting someone down/making fun of them, cheating, or abusive. All are deal breakers for me. Thank you!
Cheating is a deal breaker for me…