Cinderella is one of the oldest stories and best-known fairy tales. There are between 350 and 1500 versions of this story, which can be found all over the world. Back when there were no published books, no Internet and no writing material, people would tell the legend orally, similar to tribes. Grandmothers used to tell the story to their grandkids, and it became word of mouth. It went down from generation to generation. Several facts were added to the tale which one day led to the typical Cinderella we all know.

The oldest tale is said to come from China written by Tuan Ch’eng-shih in the middle of the 19th century A.D.  However, the readers were already familiar with the story, hence this Chinese version was the first written version. In their version, Cinderella was called Yeh-shen and there was no fairy godmother, instead there was a magical fish that helped Yeh-shen. Furthermore, the glass slipper was originally a golden shoe, which leads the prince to Yen-shen. They eventually got married and “lived happily ever after.”

The next written version was in 1697 and it came from a Frenchman named Charles Perrault. He was the first one to introduce the fairy godmother, the pumpkin carriage, the animal servants, and the glass slipper. He didn’t come up with all these ideas on his own. Storytellers around the world helped him out along the way.

Another interesting historical fact about is that, Perrault had confused the word “vair” which is French for fur with the word “verre” which is French for the word glass, which explains how the glass slipper came into effect. The only other twist to his version was that at the end of the movie Cinderella finds husbands for her sisters as well.

All in all, Cinderella is based around a young lady who is abused by her stepfamily soon after her mothers’ death. Cinderella usually has a guardian to help her through life’s triumphs. Depending on a country’s culture, the tale changes. The Cinderella story basically appears in the folklore of many cultures and depending on people’s interpretations, a Cinderella tale develops.