Throwback Thursdays #1- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Dear friends,

I’m guess I’ve uncovered a brand new unhealthy habit of mine, because recently I have found myself committing myself to 5 season TV series that I KNOW I won’t be able to finish in time (ahem, 90210), or buy spontaneous clothing that I PROBABLY will not ever wear, or in this case, sign myself up for yet another weekly commitment.

Yup. I’ve decided I’m going to commit myself to yet another meme.

I can’t think of a better opportunity than to use my first Throwback Thursday on rediscovering the book that I read eight times, and the movie that I watched twelve times (which is I think my highest record for replays other than Disney movies because those are just way too numerous for me to even bother counting).

From the dark days of pre-blogging:

1. The book:

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
First published: January 1, 1997

My rating: 5/5

ella-enchanted

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.

Goodreads

2. The movie:

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Minnie Driver
(2004)

The movie is the more comedic version of the book, so if you want to indulge yourself in a little chick flick, this is an absolute to-go.

Oh and a heads up. That’s probably when I started falling in love with Anne Hathaway movies- The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada, Get Smart, Bride Wars…you know the drill.

Love always,
The Permanent Monday

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2 thoughts on “Throwback Thursdays #1- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

  1. Awww I loved this book! I was disappointed with the movie, though. It was too different than the book, which I loved just the way it was. One of the only films that I don’t like Anne Hathaway. But the book is incredibly awesome. Have you read any other of Gail Carson Levine’s fairy-tale inspired books? Oh, new follower 🙂

    • Yup, Gail Carson Levine put Ella Enchanted into a whole series called “Enchanted”. There are four books but I think the last two are the best. (not as good as Ella Enchanted though)

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