Can we still call it a fairy tale if it is authored? Traditional fairy tales, of course, have a more collective, informal origin. Can a single psyche give rise to something that has the depth and resonance of a fairy tale?
Cinderella is one of the oldest and most universal fairy tales. The Chinese version, Yeh-Shen, was recorded almost 1,200 years ago. There are more than 500 versions of the Cinderella story around the world: African, Native American, Middle Eastern, Jewish, and Asian variants. Surely the story communicates something of great importance.