Book: Ella Enchanted // Gail Carson Levine, published 1998
Memories: I remember reading Ella Enchanted in elementary school and being completely in love with everything about it. Ella was an awesome girl who made the best of her crappy curse, Prince Char was adorable and sweet, Dame Olga and her daughters were deliciously evil, and the magic element was captivating. It was a book I loved so much I refused to see the 2004 movie (starring Anne Hathaway) for fear it would ruin it.
Thoughts as an adult: Rereading Ella Enchanted was delightful and super fun. I still loved Ella as a strong female character, I’d forgotten how awesome Mandy was, and Dame Olga and her daughters still made me cringe. Though I knew it was based on the story of Cinderella I had totally forgotten about that link until the second half of the book, in which it is painfully obvious that this is a retelling of Cinderella, glass slippers and all.
Does it hold up? Absolutely! I still love this book and I still think this is a wonderful story. There are so many retellings of fairy tales (which I do love) but this is one that I still think is worth the read and is a great gift for young girls.
Next week’s #TBT will be The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. If you’ve read it and have feeling about it, comment or tweet me @EMurch.
Until next time, happy reading!