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Ella Enchanted Paperback – February 17, 2004
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Ella is a girl with a most unusual gift, and her story has charmed readers and critics alike. Now Miramax Films brings this wholly original Cinderella story to the silver screen, complete with princes, ogres, wicked stepsisters, and a fairy-tale ending fit for a princess.
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A fairy put a spell on Ella at birth, making her obey any command given to her. The book follows Ella through the ups and downs of her life after the death of her mother and her quest to break her awful curse. The story starts out original and unpredictable, however it gradually comes to resemble another well-known fairy tale until at the very end it is entirely revealed to be that certain traditional fairy tale (not to give anything away for those who haven't read it yet - I will say that you can figure it out by looking at the names of the characters and take into account the involvment of fairies or fairy godmothers - or just read the publisher's description of it here on Amazon).
While I liked the character-driven story (in fact, some of my favorite parts were its dialogue and especially the interactions between Ella and Prince Char), I was a little disappointed that by the end it was that particular traditional storyline. Even though Ella is much more fleshed out with such a realistic personality as compared to the classic story heroine, part of me wishes this book could have been completely original and never tied into the traditional story at all. I feel that it could have had so much more potential and originality if the last 20 or so pages hadn't, essentially, been a cop-out. Its strengths definitely lie within its characters and its weakness lies in the ending. Overall a very good book and I can personally accept the ending in order to enjoy the rest of the book.
My one problem is that the first part of the story is heavily populated with elves, fairies, giants and even a pet centaur, but these elements are unceremoniously dropped, not to be mentioned again. In all other respects, however, this is a wonderful update of the classic fairy tale, with elements from that story adapted with ingenuity and humor. Well done!
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