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Ella Enchanted

Failed It/Nailed It: Which of these Fractured Fairy Tales Got it Right?

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Failed It: Ella Enchanted I first read Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine when I was 14 years old. I was immediately captivated by the story: it’s a loose retelling of Cinderella, but with way more mythical creatures and a headstrong heroine named Ella, who’s “blessed” as a child with the gift of obedience. But the gift—given by a clueless, but kind-hearted, fairy named Lucinda—is more of a curse, forcing Ella to agree to anything anyone asks of her. Because she can’t refuse, she puts herself and those she loves in danger and becomes prey to some truly nasty stepsisters. It’s not until she meets and falls in love with Charmont (or Char for short), the prince of Frell, that…

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There is more to Cinderella than Disney’s blue gowns

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Glass slippers, sparkly dresses, a pumpkin turned into a carriage—who doesn’t love the story of Cinderella? Luckily for all of us, Disney’s live action version of the classic tale is coming to theaters this Friday. And, based on the trailer, it seems to capture all the magical moments of the 1950’s cartoon:   While Disney’s version is the most recognizable (think mice and blue gowns), there have been countless retellings of the famous tale. To prepare you for the newest film, here are four classic Cinderella adaptations you don’t want to miss: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997) As a child of the ‘90s, I remember watching this 1997 live Brandy remake of the beloved 1965 television movie musical when it…

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