Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted is a really famous fairy-tale retelling. But I'm sure you already knew that. So, for the fairy-tales retold reading challenge, I decided to re=read this story, to see if it still held on to its magic on the second reading. And well, it proved why it was so famous.

Ella Enchanted is a re-telling of the Cinderella story, with one twist - Ella cannot say no. She was cursed by a fairy at birth and has to obey every order. Well, now that I think about it, this story is really different from the traditional Cinderella story - she meets the Prince before the party, her father doesn't marry her stepmother until well into the story, and she gets sent off to finishing school. Oh well, there is a fairy godmother and there is a ball. And the pumpkin coach. That's enough for me.

Obviously, the star of the book was Ella. Although she has to obey every order, her contrary nature leads her to devise ways of holding back an order as long as possible. Plus, she's an awesome friend to Areida. The narration and Ella are tied together, so if you like her and her style of narration, you'll definitely like her as a character!

And I totally love how her relationship with Prince Charmont. She didn't act like an airhead, she didn't fake her personality, she didn't have to humiliate herself to get his attention, she was just her lovable self and she got him.

Definitely a book that can be re-read over and over again,

Note: The book was read for the Fairy-Tales Retold reading challenge.

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