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The Princess Diaries

Posted on: June 25, 2011

Title: The Princess Diaries

Author: Meg Cabot

Published: 2001

Description: She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

News flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo always meets her at the airport!)
Downer: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)
Shock of the century: Like it or not, Mia is prime princess material.
The worst part: Princess lessons from her dreaded grandmere, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.
Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty no— way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO? (Taken from Goodreads)

After watching the movie years ago I decided that I must read the book that inspired it all, little did I know it was a series. The rule of the book being better than the movie was definitely the culprit here. I thought the movie so funny, so quirky I knew there had to be so many funny bits left out for lack of time and possibly for a simpler plot. As such I endeavored to procure this book and read it immediately.

However as is normally the case I couldn’t get my hands on it and it soon slipped my mind. Some months ago a friend of mine bestowed upon me a stack of books and there atop it all was a copy of The Princess Diaries. My interest renewed I resolved to read it but circumstances got in the way and I have just gotten around to it.

The first thing I realized to my dismay is that it was actually written in a diary style. There was no narrative just a string of diary entries, one after the other to the very end. My reason for disliking this method is as follows…it just isn’t plausible. I cannot and will not believe that any person, much less a young girl would sit and write out her entire day in a diary with dialogue unless it was something very important and even then it would be only a quote at best.

My second issue was that her grandmere as she liked to be called was nothing at all like the one sweet Julie Andrews played in the movie. She smoked, she was attention hungry, rude, crazy…she was just not likable in the least. She was just…weird. And I highly disliked her.

The story however was okay, enjoyable, even funny and entertaining at times but I’ve decided I much prefer the movie to the book. All the characters are much more likable in the movie and the story more believable as it wasn’t told through the diary of a naïve teen. The book doesn’t go all the way to the end of the movie but I’ve decided one is enough.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 and recommend it only if you enjoy and can buy into the diary style of writing which was very distracting to me.

Have you ever read The Princess Diaries? Was it because of the movie?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading! 🙂


6 Responses to "The Princess Diaries"

I wasn’t wild about the books either. I was the movies first and then read several of the books a few years later.

I think the movie ruined the books for me because it was a shock of how ‘adult’ the books are compared to the movie (well for 13 year old me it was a shock, haha).

The movie probably did ruin the book because I didn’t expect her Grandmother to be at all like she was. I expected her to be Disney sweet. Lol!

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