Friday, February 5, 2016

Ella Enchanted

So I have loved the movie Ella Enchanted for many years. I mean, Anne Hathaway? Hard to go wrong. So I've wanted to read the book for a while, and finally got around to it. I've been pretty bad at keeping up with this blog, so I actually finished reading it a couple weeks ago, but better late than never, right? I've been rather busy dealing with an ant invasion and watching Jessica Jones. Oh my god, that show. But anyways, on to the review!

Retrieved from Goodreads
Ella has been cursed since birth to always be obedient. Luckily, she has a support system around her of her mother and fairy godmother. They never take advantage of the curse. But then Ella's mother dies and her father comes home. Now Ella is off to boarding school with two other girls who do nothing but take advantage of her obedience. She leaves behind  her fairy godmother and Prince Char, who is a recent friend. Ella wants nothing more than for the curse to be lifted so she can be who she really is without other people telling her how to act, and so she can be free to be with Char. But it's not so easy tracking down a fairy, when every ogre who crosses your path can tell you to season yourself for cooking.

This book is almost nothing like the movie. That's my first observation. This is both a good and a bad thing. Ella is a very independent girl who has been forced to be obedient. I won't go into the layers of symbolism in that. Suffice it to say, for being such a short book, Levine really delves into the minutiae of what it would be like to have to obey even an indirect order. Char's story line is a little less developed than the movie, and the characters a bit younger. I really struggled with the fact that Ella is supposed to be fifteen, when the narrator of the audiobook I was listening to made her sound about ten. This book is fast-paced and fun, with some truly poignant moments. However, because it's so short, you don't really get a sense of the world, and I thought the friendship between Ella and Areida could have been more fleshed out. I like the book, and it didn't make me hate the movie. Actually, the first thing I wanted to do after finishing was go back and watch the movie. So sad that it's not on Netflix anymore.

Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars
Up Next: The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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