I’m sorry, it’s this Fairy Tales class that’s doing it to me but I had to flash back to the book that really got me into Fairy Tales in the first place. No it wasn’t Disney movies, the singing always irritated me. It was in fact this one book that I have read again and again and will probably continue to love no matter what. Also The movie sucked, please don’t judge this book by the movie that in no way followed the story line, Hollywood basically just stole the title and that’s about it.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine description:
At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.” When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella’s life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you’ll ever read.
Ella Enchanted 5 STARS
This book is truly the best version of Cinderella I’ve ever read, and perhaps one of the best books of this genre. Although I love the original short stories for what they are, I love it even more when people delve deeper and discover the layers to the characters for themselves. Honestly, this book finally made Cinderella make sense to me in a way it never has before. I mean why did she clean and serve her evil step family? Why did her father never step in to stop any of it? Why did the prince practically fall all over himself for her? The one-dimensional idea of seeing a pretty face and suddenly searching the kingdom for her is a bit of a let down in comparison with other adventurous tales. All of these questions are answered and more. I like this most of all because Ella has spunk, and is a rebel, and the Prince isn’t just some chiseled good looks that she meets one time at a ball. The story really comes alive, and I’ve read this book again and again and I don’t think I could ever tire of it.
However, it’s not just Ella, it’s the whole world that Levine creates and uses later in other books that intertwine with this one. She makes this place filled with ogres, giants, elves, fairies, and lands where people mainly talk by singing, and places where the unbelievable is believed. All of her fairy tale books turn the old stories into something new and fresh and truly wonderful. Levine is definitely one of my favorite writers and one I recommend to anyone who likes a little magic in their life.