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Creator / Gail Carson Levine

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Gail Carson Levine (born September 17, 1947) is an American author of young adult books. Her first novel, Ella Enchanted, received a Newbery Honor in 1998. Most of her works are based on a well-known fairy tales, or fairy tale tropes, though she always adds some new and unique features to the old story. Some of her novels, such as Ella Enchanted and The Two Princesses of Bamarre, have been translated into German.

She has her own website and writes a blog in which she answers questions on writing.

Works by Gail Carson Levine with their own trope pages include:

Other works by Gail Carson Levine provide examples of:

  • Fantasy Pantheon: In Ever, one of the two narrators is the god of the winds. Throughout the book we are introduced to various other gods in the pantheon. There is also belief in an all-powerful, all-knowing god, but his existence is never confirmed or disproved.
  • Feminist Fantasy: Levine's works are often these, particularly Ella Enchanted and The Two Princesses of Bamarre, with female protagonists who go on adventures that test their resolve and wits against the backdrop of a fairy tale world where they're generally expected to sit back and be passive.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: In Ever, Olus is an immortal god who loves Kezi, a human. Kezi eventually becomes an immortal goddess, and they marry.
  • Rash Promise: In Ever, similar to the story of Jephthah, narrator Kezi's father vows to his god that if his wife survives her illness he will sacrifice the first person who congratulates him on her recovery. After the wife recovers, the family attempts to isolate themselves until the "statute of limitations" on vows runs out, but Kezi's aunt shows up unexpectedly. She is about to offer congratulations when Kezi, who knew about the vow, does so instead. Her father does end up keeping his vow.