Ella Enchanted is a spin-off on the classic tale of Cinderella. It’s also a spin-off that won a Newberry Honor award. Not too bad, eh?
In this retelling, Ella is gifted with obedience by a well-meaning but completely clueless fairy. The “gift” is more like a curse because Ella must obey any direct order, even if it means hurting herself or others. Ella has spunk and tries to fight the curse, but she’s powerless to stop it. Her only recourse is to find the clueless fairy and hope that she’ll remove the spell.
Theology: Leave the gifting to God
OK, so that’s a stretch. There’s no mention of God in this book. It’s just a fun fairy tale romp. It does show that even well meaning gifts can become curses if the person who is doing the giving doesn’t stop to think how their gift will be received. (A children’s version of When Helping Hurts? by Corbett & Fikkert?)
Ella is a great character who puts the needs of the man she loves and her country above the desires of her heart.
The book is clean and fun without the crass humor and vast amounts of skin portrayed by the movie version.
Blind obedience? Absentee fathers, nasty step-sisters, bullying. It’s the classic story. I don’t have to tell you what’s in it. 🙂
I would certainly read more books by this author (and probably will–I’m a sucker for fairy tales).
Have you read it? What did you think?