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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
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Jul 10, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, kids-and-young-adult
Read in January, 1998

I never liked Cinderella as a kid. It seemed like whenever she got into trouble, her best plan was to burst into tears and wait for someone to come along and help her. I also wondered, even if she couldn't leave her stepmother's house, could she at least tell the awful woman to go make her own damn breakfast once in a while? As far as little cynical-as-hell Madeline was concerned, Cinderella was a spineless twinkie who was painfully useless.

Obviously, I am not the only girl who had a problem with the fairy tale, and fortunately, Gail Carson Levine decided to do something about it. Her Cinderella (Ella of Frell) is smart, stubborn, and pretty damn feisty. Her only problem is that when she was born, a well-meaning fairy gave her the gift of obedience. Ella has to obey any direct order given to her, no matter what. So, naturally, she sets out to find the fairy, lift the curse, get rid of her stepmother and stepsisters, and maybe even end up with Prince Char. (Char as in Charmont, geddit?) A lovely story, and much better than anything Disney could come up with.
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message 1: by Jem (new)

Jem I haven't actually read this book but I saw the film and I loved it. I didn't actually realise there was a book until I read this review. I agree about the wimpy heroines of fairy tales as well. There are a few exceptions in my opinion. I like rapunzul and the heroine in east of the sun west of the moon is incredible and definitely not the take it lying down sort. You should definitely read the extended version, east by the way. The heroines in my collection of Celtic fairy tales are also not bad.

message 2: by Brion smith (new) - added it

Brion smith I think you did a good job but I think you still think you need to work on it a little

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Brion smith Yes

Madeline ...

I genuinely cannot tell if you're joking around with me in a really deadpan way, or if you honestly believe that I would go back and rewrite a five-year-old review just because some child who doesn't even have a profile picture yet thinks I should "work on it."

Either way, I will leave you with a reference you will definitely not understand:

joyce Ella Enchanted is a book that I never read before But still think that it will be a very good book.

Selena Henderson Me too

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