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Amber--Thank you for being such a fan! Please post as often as you like. I love the family tree!

Joie--Thank you! i don't know, but how about "That fool of a fairy"?
# 2631 - Gail Carson Levine 10/20/2017 - 18:05 - City: - State: - Country:
Hi Ms. Levine,
Ella Enchanted is my favorite book of all time. It helped me become the person I am today, and it will continue to shape me in years to come. I would like to someday get a tattoo to honor it, a quote from the book. Problem is, I am having a lot of trouble finding the perfect quote, since there are so many good ones. What's your favorite quote from Ella? It could very well be the perfect one. 😊
Thanks so much, it is always a pleasure to be able to talk to you.
-Joie
# 2630 - Joie 10/14/2017 - 22:45 - City: - State: CA - Country: U.S.
Hi, it's me again! Sorry if I'm not allowed to make two posts so close to each other, but I just finished reading the entire Princess Tales! I loved them! Such wonderful twists on classical fairytales (although I must admit I couldn't stop laughing when Tansy proposed to Parsley - he was willingly going to marry a toad!)
Anyway, I loved how you set all the stories in the same place, and had callbacks to characters in different tales. So I made a family tree just because...well I guess it's interesting? And also I got a bit confused trying to fit them all together in one timeline in my head (even though I know you didn't intend for it to be a clear timeline). It's very inaccurate as I'm sure there would have been many other monarchs in between that are not mentioned in the tales, but I thought it was nice to have the reigns you mention all set out and organised. There's not really much point to me posting it here, since I doubt anyone else would make much use of it, but I have nowhere else to share it, so.. here's the link: http://www.familyecho.com/?p=START&c=n7wuiqf9uw&f=210143007541979738
P.S. I'm actually quite annoyed that I finished reading the Princess Tales so early, since I wanted to drag it out as I love having something to read during breaks and lunch in college (that's sixth form college because I'm English, not university) but I just couldn't put it down! And my order of Stolen Magic hasn't arrived yet :( Hopefully soon!
Thank you and sorry for typing way too much again,
Amber xx
# 2629 - Amber Collier 10/11/2017 - 18:25 - City: Manchester - State: - Country: England
Carley Anne--I don't know! My next novel is about 65,000 words. I think 99,000 words are plenty. Or maybe you have a series on your hands.

Judith--Thank you! I enjoyed the "relief to pen these words" reference.

Maryam--Thank you! ELLA ENCHANTED has come out in Arabic, but it may be out of print. I don't have the power to make a translation happen. You would have to work through a local publisher. Good luck!

Phoebe--Thank you! I have looked at your blog--it's lovely!

Ashleigh--Thanks for letting me know!

Ella--Thank you! I do workshops for adults at events sometimes. For example, I'm going to do a 2 1/2 hour workshop on writing fantasy at the SCBWI conference in New York City at the beginning of February. If you belong to SCBWI or want to join and would like to attend the conference, you can come--as long as you're over eighteen.
# 2628 - Gail Carson Levine 10/08/2017 - 15:08 - City: - State: - Country:
Dear Gail Carson Levine,

I’m not sure how to start this! Let me first apologise in advance if I ramble on and on; whilst I’m usually a very shy person, I can talk for hours about a book I have thoroughly enjoyed! I had a desire to write (type?) this to you merely to show my appreciation of your work and in the hopes that it will perhaps brighten your day or inspire you or perhaps you will never even read it!
Firstly, I should introduce myself. I’m Amber, a 17-year-old girl from England, who first only ever heard about you earlier this year in April.
It was because of a YouTube video by a Youtuber I like, The Dom, who compared Ella Enchanted to its 2004 film adaptation in his series “Lost in Adaptation”. I have a terrible memory and so barely remember that video by now, but I do remember him preferring the book over the movie, piquing my interest. Later, at the start of September, I went to my sister’s university town with her on a day out and happened upon the Enchanted Collection in a charity shop (basically a thrift store) and decided to buy it (looking back, it seems very fateful!). Eventually I read Ella Enchanted, fell in love with it, loathed the film that I used to love as a child, and began reading The Two Princesses of Bamarre almost as soon as I finished the former.
After loving that novel, I went on to Fairest, which – surprise surprise – I adored! I resolved to look you up online and bought more of your books. In the past, I had bought sequels and prequels to books I’d enjoyed, but this is the first time I’ve become so invested with multiple works of an author.
Admittedly, I was quite surprised by how amazing your books are – I foolishly expected novels whose target audience are 8-12 year olds to not be very good (based on my experiences with re-reading books I loved as a kid and realising their atrocity now, however I obviously forgot all about amazing children’s books like the Harry Potter series). I soon realised the superior quality of your writing and also the importance of your novels and their effect on the target audience – you always write such relatable, likable, and strong young girls that can teach children to realise the strengths within themselves – I half-wish I had grown up reading them like so many of your other fans! I especially love the lore and world-building you do; you mentioned being inspired by The Lord of the Rings for the languages in Ella Enchanted, and like those books, you’ve managed to build realistically fantastical worlds that I love to escape to. Of course, I’m also a huge fan of the fantasy setting (I’m an animation fanatic and have always loved adaptions of fairytales) and another thing that surprised me is that whilst certain aspects of the plot were relatively easy to predict, other aspects completely threw my expectations! The Two Princesses of Bamarre did this especially, and I also loved the tension and panic built toward the end of it – even though I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was still very on edge during the final battle which I think proves how well you can write! (I just looked at it on your website – it seems this was your intent!) Speaking of, I was also pleasantly (no- enthusiastically) surprised by the brutality of it; again, I thought that because of the target age, Addie would be portrayed as the older Disney Princesses were; not really coming to too much harm, having a watered-down adventure as opposed to one that the male characters are usually given – but ohhh how I was wrong! Her adventure is so realistic (at least for one that includes dragons and magical boots) – her arm comes out of its socket at one point, and during that end battle she strangles her foe to death! I loved it!
Although, whilst I hold your work in high regard, I don’t blindly praise every single detail, as obviously there are certain aspects of each book that I am critical of – I’m not particularly fond of the romances in both The Two Princesses of Bamarre and Fairest, for example. Also, and maybe I’m speaking too soon as I haven’t yet read all of your works, I’d love to see an LGBT+ character in one of your novels; being bisexual myself, I know how important representation can be (although I know with children’s books your editor etc. can prevent this due to controversy etc.)
I’m writing (typing!) this literally immediately after finishing A Tale of Two Castles, which is definitely one of my favourites, and I’m still waiting for my order of its sequel to arrive. I’m surprised that it’s your first ever mystery, as it’s such a well-written one! All the hints and enough information are sprinkled throughout to make the reveal believable, however not enough (at least in my case) to give away the true culprit too early. After I read the reveal, I thought back and realised how clever it was for Elodie’s very first impression of the princess to mistake her for a monster – an initial instinct that was closer to the truth than she realised! I love the characters, especially the non-binary (if IT is actually non-binary then I’m slightly contradicting myself about the LGBT+ thing aren’t I? Even if you weren’t thinking about the LGBT+ community whilst writing the character, it still introduces children to the idea of genders outside of male and female) detective dragon and ITs friendship with Elodie (I teared up a little at some moments near the end, like IT receiving the gift!). As a classical civilisation student, I liked the little nods to Ancient Greece; am I correct in guessing the food-sharing custom may be inspired by the Greeks’ value of xenia? (Speaking of, the epic poem of Drualt in Two Princesses reminded me so much of Greek and Roman epic poems, especially as I’m currently studying Virgil’s Aeneid. Imagine if they were really alive as Drualt was!) And as an aspiring actress, I loved the main character sharing my aspiration, but also liked how you showed her career goals change, something very frequent in the industry and very important for children to know.
Sometimes whilst reading these novels, I’d imagine how they’d be adapted into a film (or better yet, a sort of mini-series so they don’t have to be cut down too much). But for the time being, they’re prefect as the gripping, entertaining, humorous, emotional, and inspirational novels they are.
Thank you for reading if you did, sorry again, and I’m off to start reading the Princess Tales!
Lots of love and praise,
Amber.
# 2627 - Amber Collier 10/06/2017 - 17:35 - City: Manchester - State: - Country: England
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