Ella Enchanted[ ELLA ENCHANTED ] By Levine, Gail Carson ( Author )Apr-25-1997 Hardcover Hardcover – 25 Apr 1997
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All my old questions about Cinderella were answered. Why would Cinderella put up with her bossy stepsisters? Because she was under a curse, of course. Why couldn't anyone recognize her? It was a masked ball, of course. Why wouldn't her shoes fit anyone else? You'll have to read the book for that one.
Today's women don't really respect a Prince who falls for a girl because of her looks. And now we learn that that isn't the way it was at all. Ella and the Prince had known and corresponded with each other for years. Ella's personality is what enchanted the Prince, as well as the reader. This means giving up the desperate search for the owner of the shoe, as he knows where to go. But it's worth it.
Adventures with ogres only add to the fun. This book leaves you with a satisfied feeling. I hope that this author writes more books soon!
Ella has been given a 'gift' by a well-meaning but thoughtless fairy. She has to be obedient at all times. Whether she's being told to wash the dishes or give up her most treasured possessions, she has to do as she's told. When her world falls apart and her vile stepmother and stepsisters find out about her obedience, she realises that the only way to stop this madness - and her domestic slavery - is to find the fairy, Lucinda, and persuade her to take away the gift. So she leaves her home town of Frell and sets off to find her, leaving behind her best friend, her home and her growing romance with Prince Charmont.
So far, so different from the movie - but still eminently readable and a sweet story. It's the ending that fell apart completely for me. The film had a gripping, exciting ending that made full use of the compulsive nature of Ella's obedience to create tension and a great climax. The novel just fell quietly into a bland ending which was really disappointing at the conclusion of such a feisty heroine's story. It was perfect holiday fluff, but I don't think I'll be rereading this one. I'll buy myself the DVD instead!
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