Today’s letter is E, and so today’s book is Ella Enchanted. Most people may know this as a movie, rather than a book, so that is why I decided to include it in my list, even though I have not read it.
Everybody hates doing what they’re told. Well. Ella of Frell hates it more than most, thanks to her fairy gift of obedience, so that she is magically made to do everything that she is told, regardless of whether she wants to or not. After befriending the heir to the throne, Ella and Char fall in love, but as she believes her gift to be a curse, she feels she cannot marry him. So, to save the kingdom, she leaves him. Because of this unselfish act, her ‘curse’ is broken, and she is free to marry Char (this is simplified a lot).
It differs slightly from the film in that Ella befriends Char at a giant’s wedding, and stays friends with him throughout the book. In the movie, Ella hates Char as he seems to stand for all sorts of injustices in the world like giant slavery and banishment etc. In the book, she is friends with Char, never enemies. And in the movie, the real ‘baddie’ of the story is Char’s uncle, whereas in the book, he doesn’t seem to be mentioned at all.
It is a general re-telling of the Cinderella story, but with the difference that Ella does not take her situation sitting down, she gets up and fights for what she believes in. Again this is another fantastic book for little girls who need a good role model to look up to.
What was your role model when you were little? Comment below when telling me.