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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 uest 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 readGail Carson Levine's examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales takes some satisfying twists and deviations from the original Ella is bound by obedience against her will and takes matters in her own hands with ambition and verve Her relationship with the prince is balanced and based on humor and mutual respect; in fact it is she who ultimately rescues him Ella Enchanted has won many well deserved awards including a Newbery Honor


10 thoughts on “Ella Enchanted

  1. says:

    just as good on the 800th read i will reread this book infinity times Have I mentioned I love middle grade? Because hey guess what I absolutely goddamn love middle grade I feel like I shouldn’t say “goddamn” in a review of a children’s book but also I am still me I still have my brand to look out for regardless of target audiencesA n y w a y This book ruleshttpsemmareadstoomuchwordpresscoI have a kind of complicated relationship with the movie It has a reputation for being among the worst book to film adaptations and that is guess what totally warranted They’re two totally different stories essentially But uhwhispers I guess that’s kind of whyhow I like them both?I GREW UP ON BOTH OF THEM OKAY THEY’RE BOTH GOOD IF YOU LOOK AT THEM SEPARATELYAhemAnyway I say for the second timeThis book in case you live under a rock that prevents you from hearing about great middle grade adventure retellings of fairytales with feisty female protagonists is a Cinderella retelling wherein Cinderella just Ella tho has been cursed with obedience She has to obey every command given to herIT SUCKSBut it double sucks because Ella is a lil badass and totally feisty and stubborn and would neverrrrr listen to anyone if she could help it Unfortunately she cannot But she gets into some fun hijinks and verbal battles and whatnot because of itThere is also Prince Char who is an absolute BAAAAABE One thing that no one can argue with in the movie is that the movie Char is fine as hell Pro tip picture this for the rest of the reviewThe HAIIIIIIIR Oh my godAnyway Three times now Stop countingChar’s full name is Charmont which is just one letter off from Charmant which is the French word for charming And he is EXTREMELY SO A book boyfriend for the ages and the only man who could ever deserve ueen of Feist EllaThis should be enough to convince you that this book rocks and it is ten years past time for you to read it Amazing badass female protagonist dreamy love interest great well developed romance that starts as a friendship which I didn’t mention until this point but now you know adventurey exciting plot curse fairies ogres giants fairytale lands mythical creatures elvin artists Cinderella retelling perfectionOkay to be fair I didn’t include a lot of that information before now But again now you knowBottom line This book is like throwing a bunch of ingredients for perfection in a pot and hoping they stick And guess what? THEY DO


  2. says:

    Feminists often denounce traditional fairy tales because they perpetuate the ideals of a patriarchal society by encouraging girls to behave like proper princesses and wait for charming princes to take charge and save the day In response to these traditional fairy tales many authors have tried to reclaim the realm of fairy tales for girls These retellings feature active protagonists who are not scared of taking charge and do not need princes to save them One example of this new fairy tale genre is the 1998 children’s novel Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine which takes an untraditional approach to retelling the story of Cinderella The novel addresses several specific feminist issues specifically negotiating and fighting the burden of obedience the importance of female friendships and of course learning to save yourselfThe story is set in an imaginary medieval esue kingdom called Frell A roaming fairy named Lucinda gives Ella the giftcurse of obedience at Ella’s birth As a result Ella has to do everything she is told no matter what harm it might cause to herself or others In the novel the severity of Ella’s curse in constantly underscored with passages explaining how little control Ella has over her own life “If someone told me to hop on one foot for a day and a half I’d have to do it And hopping on one foot wasn’t the worst order I could be given If you commanded me to cut off my own head I’d have to do it As the plot moves forward Ella is compelled to leave home to try and find Lucinda and ask her to lift the curse Along the way she also falls in love with Prince Char For varying reasons depending on the version Lucinda refuses to lift the curse Further difficulties arise as Ella continues her uestThat's the main body of the story The Cinderella element is relevant mainly to the last uarter of the novel where actual elements from that story the slipper the ball appear in the story although the evil step sisters and fairy godmother are present throughout the narrative There are several reasons that I love this novel and recommend it to everyone The first is that it's an imaginative retelling of Cinderella which makes the story exciting for readers familiar with the original version without making it too abtruse for readers who have never heard of Cinderella Also the book is full of great role models for girls All of the female characters are strong self aware women things seen far too rarely in the fairy tale genre The novel is narrated in Ella's voice This makes it easy to see how strong Ella is as a character especially at the end of the novel The other great thing about this book is that it all seems authentic never over the top or under written In addition to creating immensely likable main characters Levine creates a compelling world within the pages of Ella Enchanted vivid with details ranging from Elvish and Gnomish languages to customs at a Giant's wedding The story is an immensely entertaining page turner that will even better leave readers feeling satisfied when they reach the final scene where Levine ties everything together artfully blending empowerment with a happy ever after ending fit for a traditional fairy tale Excerpted from a scholarly article I wrote about Ella Enchanted as a book and movie You can read the full article here can find this review and on my blog Miss Print


  3. says:

    My daughters have watched the Disney movie Ella Enchanted many times and loved it immensely They are enad by the Disney princess genre even princesses who do not fit nicely into the company's traditional definition of princess Until last week I had never viewed the film with them being that I hardly fit the definition of girly girl myself often opting for whatever sporting event is in season I enjoyed the concept of a medieval Cinderella who is not necessarily forced to do back breaking work for an evil stepmother but to be obedient to her and whoever else orders her around Seeing the film version lead me to this Newberry award winning book by Gail Carson Levine At birth Ella of Prell is gifted by the fairy Lucinda to always be obedient at all costs Growing up she once had to eat an entire birthday cake nearly relinuish a toddler gnome to an ogre and lose friends than she ever made only because someone had ordered her to do so Unable to tell anyone of her curse Ella appears deceptive to the world often times leading her to lead a solitary life As in the traditional Cinderella story Ella's mother dies when she is fifteen years old At her mother's funeral she stays out of sight in case someone orders her to do something and she is too sad to be obedient At this trying time in her life she meets Prince Char of Kyrria for the first time and he is instantly smitten with her leading to a lengthy uest of his over the course of the book to win her hand in marriage Although not instantly enad Ella over time realizes what her curse could do to Char and his kingdom and seeks out Lucinda to take back this curse once and for all Unlike the movie there is no shopping mall protest soundtrack or evil uncle and his pet snake waiting to take over the kingdom In Levine's original version we do meet Areida of Ayortha Mandy the fairy godmother and Dame Olga and her atrocious daughters Hattie and Olive In addition to them we meet a traditional medieval cast of elves gnomes ogres and giants All these people and other beings play a role in Ella's curse making for a memorable book for middle grade readers As a mother of girls I enjoyed that the Ella in the book is a heroine for all beings regardless of their place in society She is assertive and is not subservient to her prince as the traditional Disney Cinderella is In this modern retelling Ella alone seeks out to reverse the curse cast upon her by Lucinda making her a strong heroine character for girls The movie was fun yet Disneyfied but Gail Carson Levine's book version of Ella Enchanted is a fun strong read and worthy of its Newberry rating a solid 4 stars


  4. says:

    Such a cute story it was a lot of fun


  5. says:

    This book is so hard for me to review because I love every single thing about it but hate every single thing about that bloody movieLike seriously who decided to only use the names and the curse and rewrite everything else for the movie? Why did we need a talking snake and an evil uncle and a fan group for the prince? Wasn't evil Hattie enough?SERIOUSLY THIS STORY IS ABSOLUTELY PRECIOUS AND PERFECT AND THE MOVIE RUINED IT I CAN NOT STRESS THAT ENOUGH FOR YOUThere is no need for a fan club for the prince There is no need for an evil uncle trying to take the throne or a big giant talking snake that literally has no purpose but to make you feel like you are watching a live action version of Disney's Robin HoodIt's even the little things Like Mandy She is suppose to be a ruffed up old lady with crazy white hair and basically Ella's mother Does this girl look like that?NOOr that the stepmother and stepsisters are suppose to be fatBut really I'm upset about the ogresSo in the perfect little book Ella has a knack for languages Each creature has their own language and she knows bits and pieces of them from the talking birds at the market Well the ogres have a knack for languages too but when they speak in whatever language they want to you believe anything they say You will do whatever they want you to do because they are your best friend and they don't REALLY want to eat youI thought the scene in the book with the ogres which I am not going to spoil was absolutely fascinating AND THE MOVIE DIDN'T EVEN UGHAt least the prince was cute right? That's a second thing they got rightThe first being the Ella has the curse to obey every command ever pointed at herDig in Ella Run around Ella Cut off your head Ella Don't be friends with them Ella Be happy Ella Only speak in riddles Ella Hold your breath EllaThat is absolutely nightmarish Just take my word for it If you ever are channel surfing and you see thisRun outside grab that gasoline you save for when your lawnmower is low throw it on your TV and light a match It is absolutely insulting to this little gem I love all the retellings that Gail Carson Levine does and that movie does NO JUSTICEI know I didn't really tell you anything about the book except that I liked it But what else do you need to know besides it is a retelling of Cinderella and the Cinderella of the book has a curse to obey all commands ever? Isn't that interesting in itself? It's short and sweet go read it


  6. says:

    Now I know why people made such a fuss when the movie came out I watched the movie first so I had no idea how utterly wrong everything was It totally is not like the book Just slap on the names and the curse and that's where the similarities end I must say the book is MUCH better than the movieThe style of the writing was kind of weird for me but not in a bad way It's not that it was too fast paced or anything but I noticed there wasn't a lot of padding or fanfare before events would happen which I usually expect from fantasy books The writing style worked in this story since it seemed to fit the main character to a teeI absolutely loved the story It's a great way of showing how the only one who can save you is you and you have to find the strength within to do it Sometimes it takes someone else to bring that strength out of you and that's what Char does for Ella unknowinglyThe magic book was a nice touch and added what the other characters were thinking without actually changing the narrator of the story I couldn't give the book 5 stars because it seemed odd to me how she dealt with her mother's death It's like after awhile it doesn't seem to matter which I guess makes sense since the book isn't really about her grieving for her mother The story is really about how her death makes Ella have to face her demons by throwing her the different situations she finds herself in Still it really isn't that bothersome because of course you see that Ella misses her mother at times This is the best version of the Cinderella story I have encountered All and all a very worth while read


  7. says:

    Ella Enchanted Ella Enchanted #1 Gail Carson LevineElla Enchanted published in 1997 has won many well deserved awards including a Newbery Honor 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 uest 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 Gail Carson Levine's examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales takes some satisfying twists and deviations from the original Ella is bound by obedience against her will and takes matters in her own hands with ambition and verve Her relationship with the prince is balanced and based on humor and mutual respect; in fact it is she who ultimately rescues him تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز چهارم ماه سپتامبر سال 2014 میلادیعنوان الای افسون‌شده روایتی دیگر از افسانه سیندرلا؛ نویسنده گایل‌ کارسن‌ لیواین؛ مترجم محبوبه نجف‌خانی؛ تهران آفرینگان‏‫، ‏‫1392؛ ‬‬در 336ص؛ شابک 9786006753225؛ چاپ سوم 1397، موضوع داستانهای نوجوانان از نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20مروایتی ديگر از افسانه ی سيندرلا «من هنگام تولد یک ساعت تمام بیوقفه گریه میکردم و ساکت نمیشدم؛ اشکهایم الهام‌ بخش او شد؛ با دلسوزی به مادرم نگاه کرد، و سرش را به چپ و راست تکان داد، و بینی ام را نوازش کرد، و گفت هدیه ی من به تو اطاعت است؛ «اِلا» همیشه مطيع خواهد بود؛ حالا دیگر گریه نکن، کوچولو»؛ یک پری افسانه‌ ای در هنگام تولد، برای نوزادی آرزو میکند، که او همیشه فرمانبردار باشد؛ رمان «اِلای افسون شده» در سال 1997میلادی به چاپ رسيد، و در سال 1998میلادی موفق به دریافت دیپلم افتخار «نیوبری»، و چند جایزه ی معتبر دیگر شد، و در سال 2004میلادی، از روی همین کتاب فیلمی نیز به همین نام، ساخته شد؛ پیروزی این کتاب موجب شد، که نویسنده خود را بازنشسته کند، و به طور تمام وقت، به کار نوشتن بپردازد؛ آثار دیگر نویسنده «ديو در شب»، «قصه‌ های شاهزاده خانم‌ها»، «اشتباه پری»، «آرزو»، «دو شاهزاده خانم» و ؛ چند كتاب ديگر استتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 15041399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی


  8. says:

    Ella Enchanted is like a koala A big soft cute koalaAnd if you mess with it it'll use it's big sharp not so cute claws to tear your face offSeriouslyIt's just a cute little fairy tale for teenage girls about a silly little world Accept it for what it is Leave it at that Don't delve any futher Don't consider it from a feminine perspective don't rationalize it from a historical stand point don't try to analyze is for hidden metaphors or literary valueJust read rinse repeat and move onimage error


  9. says:

    ❌ My advice to you The movie and the book are two very separate and different things So when you start reading this book don't compare it with the movie Don't even think about the movie at all while you're reading thisDo that and you'll enjoy this book immenselyOn the day she was born Ella of Frell was given the gift of obedience by the foolish and careless fairy Lucinda Obedience It was a giftWell for starters Ella Hold your tongue Kiss meErhhwell that's not such an unpleasant order coughs but uhh yeah You get the point It was the curse of compulsion One which couldn't be overcome Delayed maybe but even that came with a high price Physical side effects very unpleasant side effects This was a new spin on one of the most recycled fairy tales that's ever been told This is not a book to be analyzed It's just a really great story and to add to that it was delivered in a wonderful way with bold and engaging writing JUST ANOTHER CINDERELLA STORY ⏩ An evil step mother⏩ Butt ugly deranged and bossy step sisters⏩ A handsome and wonderful Prince⏩ Maltreatment sabotage and trickery ⏩ A ball⏩ More sabotage and trickery⏩ A pair of glass slippers⏩ And some fairy magic THE EXTRAS ❎ A magical book for spying on people❎ A diverse and magical land of Ogres Giants and Elves Sorry mouse people❎ An established relationship between Cinderella and the Prince before the night of the ball I'm sorry but I just never understood it Cinderella spent one night with a guy and bada boom boom Love ⏩ Marriage ⏩ Happily ever after? I'm sorry honeyThat's why I respect Arielwell really the Disney version of Ariel Princess Jasmine and Belle most of all at least they spent some time with their guys before hitching those rides Between Ella and Charmont letters were written ideas were exchanged and thoughts were shared First came friendship and then came love All I can say is How I loved those letters ❎ Ella's a girl with a little spunk A heroine to love admire and adoreWell she never said that But she never took an order placidly And of course she took her revenge revenge Ha How could I not love her? whenever she could After all it's pure logic You said get me a drink You never said don't spit in it ❎ Lots of adventure and action This book is looking for someone people to share an adventure with We join Ella as she embarks on a uest to find a way to get rid of her curse Take it from me it was a wonderful experience❎ Happily ever after Let's face the truth A fairy tale won't be as magical without a happily ever after I won't even lie I love it You do too


  10. says:

    199 Kindle sale Dec 24 2017 Charming YA retelling of Cinderella with some imaginative twists I enjoyed it thoroughly