Thanks to everyone for their lovely comments on my most recent Top Ten Tuesday posts, I especially enjoy freebie weeks because everyone chooses such diverse topics and it’s so much fun to see what everyone else has chosen for the week. Anyway, I have another Wishlist Wednesday for you all today, this book is one that I added to my wishlist after the top ten week on fairytale retellings, though I’ve been interested in reading it for a while longer than that.
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 quest 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. Ella Enchanted has won many well-deserved awards, including a Newbery Honor.
I’ve seen the movie based on this and believe me, I know it’s nothing like the book, but I really liked it (please don’t hurt me people who love this book!), it was fun and cheesy and just generally really enjoyable. Usually, I don’t like reading the book after I’ve seen the movie, but because I know the book and the movie bare very little resemblance to each other and I’ve heard some really great things about this book from other bloggers, I’d actually really like to read this one. I love feisty female characters and that sounds exactly what Ella is. This seems like much more my kind of Cinderella than the Disney version! I’m not sure when I’ll get around to this, as it’s not that high on my to-read list, but I know it’s one that I definitely want to read!
I will have another Wishlist Wednesday post for you all next week, but tomorrow I will have a new Thursday Quotables post for you, so make sure to check that out.