Definitely enchanted and not some “damsel in distress” fairy tale.
Long before Anne Hathaway’s Oscar worthy performance as Fantine in the movie adaptation of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, her name was already synonymous to book-to-movie heroines. After all, it was her breakthrough performance as Mia Thermopolis in Princess Diaries that warmed our hearts. But it was her role as Meryl Streep’s assistant in Devil Wears Prada that launched her to stardom. But every star’s relationship with his or her career has to hit a rough patch. And if we look at Anne’s resume, one was the time when she appeared as Ella of Frell (of Ella Enchanted) back in ‘04. Probably not her lowest point, but not quite high in the box office either. To be fair, it wasn’t her fault, nor was it Gail Carson Levine’s. Just a bad why-didn’t-you-follow-the-book case.
But let’s just throw our knowledge of that film out the window for a second and focus at the subject at hand, the book. This blog isn’t called virtual library for nothing.
Every good fairy tale starts with a curse don’t they? But don’t count Ella’s story just yet. ‘cause she ain’t cursed, ooh no. If anything, she is gifted.
A well-meaning fairy gave our dearest Ella an ill-conceived gift of obedience. Meaning, she has to obey every order thrown at her. But our heroine just brushed it off and said, “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.”
Like every fairy tale, this book contains a prince, a staircase, boarding school, a stepmother, 2 stepsisters, a letter, a broken heart, and a ball. But will there be a happy ever after?
Basically, this book is Cinderella with elves, fairies, ogres, giants, gnomes, and just plain butt kickin’ action. If you’re a fan of fairy tales or if you just enjoy badass protagonists, then I suggest you grab a copy of this book now!
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