Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted When she was born Ella received the gift of obedience from Lucinda the fairy Ella finds that her gift is truly a curse as anyone can make her do anything even harmful things Determined to be her own

  • Title: Ella Enchanted
  • Author: Gail Carson Levine Eden Riegel
  • ISBN: 9781400090594
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Audio CD
  • When she was born, Ella received the gift of obedience from Lucinda the fairy Ella finds that her gift is truly a curse as anyone can make her do anything, even harmful things Determined to be her own person, Ella sets out to rid herself of her forced subservience.An unabridged production on 5 CDs 5 hours, 42 minutes.

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    1. 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 breaki [...]

    2. 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 gen [...]

    3. 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 isMUCHbetter 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 happ [...]

    4. i posted this pretty-okay-but-mostly-objectifying-childhood crushes review of this extremely-actually-great book. find it here: emmareadstoomuch.wordpress----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 audiences.)A n y w a y. This book rules.I have a kind of complicated relat [...]

    5. WrensReads Review: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 YOUThere is no need [...]

    6. Ella Enchanted is like a koala. A big, soft, cute koala.And if you mess with it, it'll use it's big, sharp, not-so-cute claws to tear your face off.Seriously.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 stand-point, don't try to analyze is for hidden metaphors or literary value.Just read, rinse, repeat and mo [...]

    7. ❌ 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 tongueKiss me.Erhhwell, that's not such an unpleasant [...]

    8. $1.99 Kindle sale, Dec. 24, 2017. Charming YA retelling of Cinderella, with some imaginative twists. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

    9. First read of the 2016 Booktube-a-thon! This completed the challenge of reading and watching a book to movie adaptation (which I am about to watch right now). This was very meh, unfortunately. It contained my most hated trope and for some reason it took me such a long time to get through! I loved the magical world though! Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:- 12. A childhood classic

    10. “It is helpful to know the proper way to behave, so one can decide whether or not to be proper.”You can find this review and all of my other reviews at Novel Descent Thanks for the support!I feel like this is a confession that I will regret making. I was a fan of the movie *hides* This is my first time reading Ella Enchanted and now I understand why everyone hates the film!Ella Enchantedis what every great middle-grade novel should be. Great adventures, obstacles to over-come, engaging chara [...]

    11. 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 wi [...]

    12. This still stands as one of my favorite books. The fantasy elements are clever and not too over the top. Ella is witty and pretty clever herself, not to mention strong and determined and resourceful. Mandy is just your everyday, ordinary, regular old cook/fairy. Char is, appropriately, charming. The stepsisters are deliciously evil. Lucinda is completely batty.I like that none of the women in the book are doormats. Good or evil, protagonist or minor background character, they have an opinion, th [...]

    13. This is a long time favorite of mine. I first read it when I was about 10 and I still love it. The movie adaptation was a travesty I don’t like to talk about.

    14. I was nervous to read this because it's like everyone's Childhood Favourite Book. GAH! No pressure! I'm 21. So maybe a little over the age range? But I always believe a good book can be appreciated by ANYONE. And I'm right! This is a good book and I had a great timebut I don't call it a favourite. I'm sure I would've been absolutely cuddling it when I was 12.I really liked the 2nd half. The first half? Not so much. I found it a little telling-ish and not showing-ish. That bugs me. The style isn' [...]

    15. Ah!! A FAIRY TALEafter so long.Needless to say I looooveee fairy tales and this was a retelling (kind of) of Cinderella.My first thoughts were that it was quite different from the movie.I liked the movie and was hoping to like it too.And I did!!!.Although I have to say that the movie's climax was more exciting.Ella is a willful,kind,lovely girl who resides in an kingdom called Frell.Here humans,elves,fairies,ogres,and other such magical creatures co-exist . A fairy named Lucinda gives Ella the g [...]

    16. It's a sweet, humorous book, written for a younger audience but easily enjoyed by an older one too. Based on the Cinderella story, there are a few notable differences, namely that Ella was "blessed" with the "gift" of obedience by the fairy Lucinda, who thinks all her gifts (such as turning you into a squirrel) are wonderful. Ella is the daughter of Lady Eleanor and a somewhat unscrupulous merchant, Sir Peter, whom she rarely sees. She grows up with her mother, who teaches her to slide down the [...]

    17. Holy cow. This book was waaaaaay awesome. I sat down just wanting to enjoy it, not critique it, and that's pretty much what happened. (And yes, I read it in one sitting. But I was on a plane)

    18. My sister recommended this book to me and even bought me a copy at half price day at Goodwill. Now I am recommending this book to you. The main character, Ella, is a young woman, almost 15, who is cursed with obedience as an infant. A fairy thinks she's blessing the baby by forcing her to be obedient, but that's not really how it turns out. Imagine being physically compelled to do anything that anyone tells you to do. You don't have to be an anarchist to quickly realize that would be a rotten wa [...]

    19. I felt like the author said to herself: "I'm going to really revamp the Cinderella classic! I'm gonna give the girl a backstory like you wouldn't believe! and it's going to be cute, and funny, and there will be all kinds of mythical creatures in it! It's going to be wholly other-worldly! And she's going to go on this awesome journey that's going to be epic and life changing!"All that ended halfway through the book: The journey, the special creatures, the seemingly important gifts and details, th [...]

    20. $1.99 on US : July 23, 2016.I've had this on my TBR list for a couple years now and was thinking of deleting it since it's a "middle grade" book and I'm getting old, but then I read this in the blurb: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 o [...]

    21. This book gets five huge, shiny stars because of the following conversation I had with my 12 year old today:"Mom, Kate (name changed) was teasing me at school today, but I don't think it was friendly teasing. I think it was mean.""It probably was mean." (We've had a lot of problems with Kate bossing and teasing lately, but my daughter is always anxious to give Kate the benefit of the doubt). After a moment's thought, my daughter said, "It's like Ella Enchanted - how she has to listen to mean peo [...]

    22. Ok, I understand why many people love this book. It is, after all, a retelling of Cinderella. It would be hard to screw that up, right? Well, that's the point; whatever you do is not going to be as good as the original. What had me clawing to get to the end, aside from the fact that I knew how it would end, was having to endure Ella's curse and her horrible step-family every step of the way. I don't remember them being quite so bad in the original. I give it 3.5 stars, rounded up to four, althou [...]

    23. Ella Enchanted is my favorite Cinderella retelling! It's so creative and fun, and the skillful storytelling really brings the characters to life. The friendship and romance that develops is sweet and compelling.

    24. When some of my friends learned I was readingElla Enchanted for the very first time, the first thing they told me was, "What! I read that book, like, when I was in fifth grade!" Well, let me just say, I wouldn't have enjoyed this book in fifth grade as I have enjoyed it now. It's exactly what one of my bookworm friends would have described as a "cookie read": short, sweet, and satisfactory. It was a truly well-woven, fanciful tale with just the right pint of humor, a delightful sprinkling of rom [...]

    25. Fun, clean, age appropriate, fantasy retelling of Cinderella. I will be passing this one on to my 10 year old daughter. She will love it.

    26. 4.5 - I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. I read this because Giselle just reread it - it’s one of her favorites - and talked about it’s themes at length on our vlog (youtube/watch?v=Qcpm5). I’m finding that I really like nice stories like this. Nice, sweet stories with good messages and themes. If they’re well written, at least, and this one definitely is - I’d say this is absolutely the best Cinderella retelling I’ve ever read or seen. The way Gail Carson Levine ties t [...]

    27. One of my favorite quotes about books, from the movie You've Got Mail, says, "When you read a book as a child it becomes part of your identity, in a way that no other reading in your whole life does" This book was my absolute favorite growing up and no matter how many times I re-read it as an adult it never gets old. I hope every reader has a comfort book as great as this one.

    28. This book is truly amazing, in my opinion. A clever retelling of Cinderella, this book was one of my favorites when I was younger, and I still look back at it with fondness today. It is definitely one of the best juvenile fantasy books out there, and I highly recommend it.

    29. I loved this book! I swear I spent half of it with a smile on my face because it was so cute. I have been very into fairytale retellings for the past few months (even longer really, but I have been reading a ton of them lately) and this one did not disappoint! My only real knowledge of this book was the movie (and how different the movie is from the book) so I wasn't totally sure what to expect. I can now agree with everyone that the movie is an absolute terrible adaption (yet I know I'm still g [...]

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