Ella Enchanted follows the story of Ella, who as a child was 'blessed' with the gift of obedience. The fairy Lucinda, who gives these gifts like they're the rarest of flowers, does not understand the repercussions of total obedience. As Ella grows, any command given to her she must obey, even if it makes her sick (Eat every bit of that cake!) or is devious (When we race I want you to lose.). Ella is a slave to the obedience. She tries to disobey, but it causes her to be physically sick until she does what the spell wants.
Things get a little complicated when she meets Prince Char, who takes a liking to her. What happens if someone tries to make her assassinate him? She immediately tries to keep herself as far away as possible. When her father marries a new woman and she gets 2 stepsisters, her whole life is turned upside down.
Ella Enchanted is my favorite take on the Cinderella story (I've ready many!) and it's twist of a spell on Ella makes it a memorable one. Like I said last post, Disney tried to make some money off the story and ruined the whole movie with singing and campy looking monsters. They made Ella an activist instead of a normal girl trying to be happy and keep everyone around her safe. I love Anne Hathaway.. but jeez. That movie sucked.
All in all, Ella Enchanted is a short book, and it is for young adults, but I'm still a teenager at heart. It's one of my lasting favorites.