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 movie.
Like 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 YOU
There 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 Hood.
It's even the little things. Like Mandy. She is suppose to be a ruffedup old lady with crazy white hair and basically Ella's mother. Does this girl look like that?
Or that the stepmother and stepsisters are suppose to be fat.
But really, I'm upset about the ogres.
So in the perfectlittle 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 you.
I thought the scene in the book with the ogres, which I am not going to spoil, was absolutely fascinating. AND THE MOVIE DIDN'T EVENUGH.
At least the prince was cute, right? That's a second thing they got right.
The first being the Ella has the curse to obey every command ever pointed at her.
Dig 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, Ella.
That is absolutely nightmarish.
Just take my word for it: If you ever are channel surfing and you see this
Run 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 JUSTICE.
I 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.
Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram 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 Wellbeing Seem To Be In Grave Peril But Her Intelligence And Saucy Nature Keep Her In Good Stead As She Sets Out On A Quest For Freedom And Selfdiscovery 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 Ella Enchanted Has Won Many Welldeserved Awards, Including A Newbery Honor Such a cute story, it was a lot of fun! Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1), Gail Carson Levine
Ella Enchanted published in 1997, has won many welldeserved 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 wellbeing seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and selfdiscovery 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 میلادی
عنوان: 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 امریکاییسده 20م
روایتی 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 است
تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 15/04/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی 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 movie.
The 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 tee.
I 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 unknowingly.
The 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. Ella Enchanted is like a koala. A big, soft, cute koala.
And if you mess with it, it'll use it's big, sharp, notsocute claws to tear your face off.
It'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 standpoint, don't try to analyze is for hidden metaphors or literary value.
Just read, rinse, repeat and move on.
[image error] ❌ 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 this.
Do that, and you'll enjoy this book immensely.
On 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 gift.
Well, for starters... Ella, Hold your tongue
Erhh...well, 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
⏩ Buttugly 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
❎ 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 badaboom boom! Love ⏩ Marriage ⏩ Happily ever after? I'm sorry honey
That's why I respect Ariel(well, 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 adore.
Well she never said that. But she never took an order placidly. And of course, she took her revengerevenge. 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 someonepeopleto share an adventure with. We join Ella as she embarks on a quest, 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.
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 yourself.
The story is set in an imaginary, medievalesque kingdom called Frell. A roaming fairy named Lucinda gives Ella the gift/curse 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 quest.
That's the main body of the story. The Cinderella element is relevant mainly to the last quarter of the novel where actual elements from that story (the slipper, the ball) appear in the story, although the evil stepsisters 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, selfaware womenthings 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 underwritten. 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 pageturner that will (even better) leave readers feeling satisfied when they reach the final scene where Levine ties everything together, artfully blending empowerment with a happyeverafter 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: http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/resear...
You can find this review and more on my blog Miss Print My daughters have watched the Disney movie Ella Enchanted many times and loved it immensely. They are enamored 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 relinquish a toddler gnome to an ogre, and lose more 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 quest of his over the course of the book to win her hand in marriage. Although not instantly enamored, 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.