Initially when I set out to re-write a fairy tale; that I had secretly hoped would be adopted by Disney in the hopes of becoming the first Gothic Disney Princess. (They do have a princess of every origin.) So I thought she HAS to be Romanian, but not a vampire or a were-wolf because thats too cliche'. So I did some reading, did some research. Then one day while randomly searching, I came upon this singingbones podcast that had "The slippers of the 12 Princesses" in it's entierety, as well as the many other versions of it retold all around the world. It was the first version I read of it too by the way. I did later go on to find other translations, and was even bummed out when I saw that the BARBIE franchise had done a ballet movie version of it as well. But all the more reason I figured it still might be perfect, since those stories were so different from this particular one. The story goes by many names and came from many origins; "The shoes that were danced to pieces," "The Midnight Dance," "The Invisible Shepard Boy," etc. They are all featured on the singingbonespodcast if your interested. Different things would happen in all the various tales too, like in the first original Romanian version I read the fairy didn't appear as an old poor maid. She was always beautiful and came to the lead boy in a dream. In another version I read, she wasn't a fairy at all, but appearing as a haggered old begger woman, who then was revealed to be a beautiful witch and/or enchantress who gives the lead boy three items. You can feel free to look them up and read them all, but I by far, loved this version of it. When I read it for the first time I really imagined the whole thing as if it were already an animated movie, I even went as far as to create characters using a disney doll maker from AzaleasDolls.com Of course I added my own flare to the story, and changed it around a little bit to give the tale more depth and perception. But overall the original that it was mainly based off of, was truely a magical read and I fully recommend you look it up and read it too. You'll notice I tried not to stray too far off the original but I also threw in some things from the other versions as well.