Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted


Fantasy fiction



This is a retelling of the classic tale of Cinderella; but unlike Cinderella who pretty much waits to be married to be rescued, Ella storms off to break her obedience curse. Ella Enchanted is one of my ultimate feel-good books; it is vivid, imaginative and just grabs hold of you because although it is not the same story as Cinderella, it feels just as familiar.

I love how Ella develops in this book, how the romance develops, and how she frees herself at the end. I have lent this novel to friends, my mum, and so many people and so I really believe that like a fairy tale, it is for everyone.

Fairy adaptations are a wonderful medium of creating your own story within an incomplete and unsatisfying fairy tale; and I can say that Levine has definitely, succeed.

My only wish is that the movie had been more like the novel because I feel as if they are totally different stories.


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