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Leigh--Congratulations on your graduation! I'm delighted that my books were important in your childhood and supported your reading!

Savanna--I'm glad THE LOST KINGDOM OF BAMARRE is in your library! And how wonderful that you're a volunteer! I'm not a lawyer, but I think your title is okay, because titles can't be copyrighted. And my last name is pronounced leVEEN.

Emma--Thanks for helping to keep ELLA ENCHANTED alive! I wouldn't say your take on the story is wrong. But I'm a pretty unconscious writer. When I wrote ELLA, I brought in the curse as a plot device to explain Cinderella's passivity and weird sweetness. Other people had to point out the deeper meaning to me. Also, I have to say that men are cursed with obedience, too. Maybe less, but there are ideals of masculinity that can be hard to ignore. And children--boys as well as girls--are constantly made to obey, often, certainly, for their own good but not always to their liking.
# 2599 - Gail Carson Levine 05/31/2017 - 13:13 - City: - State: - Country:
Dear Mrs Levine,

I wanted to write first to thank you for writing Ella Enchanted, which has remained my favourite book since I first read it at the age of six almost twenty years ago! To this day, I talk about it to anyone who will listen — which includes my peers on my Women's Studies master's course at Oxford.

This brings me to my second reason for writing. I am currently completing my master's dissertation, and am writing 12,000 words on "Bodies in Ballgowns: female passivity and desire in fairy tales from Cinderella to 'Ella Enchanted'". Any excuse to talk more about my favourite book!

I would simply love to get your thoughts on my analysis of Ella Enchanted. In brief, I am arguing for Ella's curse as an analogy for the female condition under patriarchy: how women may appear from the outside to be free, but are in fact compelled by invisible restraints — like a curse from a fairy! I also felt that Ella Enchanted always gave me a good understanding of the importance of consent, and the power of saying no — and will be arguing that it therefore helps young women better to understand their own desires, once they have understood that they can feel free to say no.

I'd love to know whether you think I'm on the right track with my analysis, even just via a yes/no reply to this comment! Of course, if you have any time at all to email me at emma [dot] oulton [at] gmail [dot] com, I would be completely honoured for the chance to ask you more specific questions — though I appreciate that you probably get far too many requests like this every day!

Many thanks — particularly for the joy your book has brought me!

All the best,
Emma
# 2598 - Emma Oulton - 05/31/2017 - 11:52 - City: Oxford - State: - Country: United Kingdom
Hi Mrs.Levine

I volunteer at a library and your section is the one I browse once a week. I was happy and surprised to see your latest book there and when I see one of your books in the damaged/disregard bin I mourn.
I'm in the weird in between point in my life where I've been out of school for a year and have not found my place or career yet but skimming your books help me perk up.
Writing question; I found a book that's title that was the name of a my protagonist's title for a story I've been working on since I was in fifth grade, should I change what my character is called?
Forever a Fan,
Savanna
P.S how is your last name pronounced?
# 2597 - Savanna J 05/30/2017 - 12:40 - City: Midlothian - State: Va - Country: US
I just graduated college two weeks ago and upon closing this chapter of my life was feeling nostalgic, so I decided to pick up my favorite childhood book: Fairest. It was just as enchanting as the first time I read it and it left me feeling things I can't put to words. Mrs. Levine, your books were a highlight of my adolescence; from The Wish, to Ella Enchanted, to the Princess Tales, nothing got me reading quite like one of your stories. Your books have been nothing short of magic.

Much love,

Leigh
# 2596 - Leigh - 05/23/2017 - 17:24 - City: Fairfax - State: VA - Country: USA
Rikki Li--Thank you! Good luck with your writing!

Amanda Brown--Thanks for getting the word out about ELLA!

Callie--I'm honored that you wrote about ELLA and me! I hope a career in libraries pleases you, but I'm also glad that my example is evidence that a first career choice doesn't have to be the only one.
# 2595 - Gail Carson Levine 05/20/2017 - 08:02 - City: - State: - Country:

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