I watched the movie first, and I loved it. Only now I was able to read the book, and I also liked it. They are very different, but both of them are fun and Ella is a great character. Of course, there were times were I hated her curse -or gift- but even so, she is a strong girl. It also was very Cinderella-like (orphan girl, prince, hateful stepmother and stepsisters, godmother), which never gets old.