Sunday, July 13, 2008

BOOK: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

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I haven't seen the movie, but I've seen the commercials. This is one where I think the movie would be better than the book. The plot itself - Mia Thermopolis, a 14 year old New Yorker discovers one day that her father is actually the prince of Genovia and that makes her a princess- is a good one, the classic Eliza Dolittle, My Fair Lady as her grandmother tries to turn her into a princess.

The diary format, where Mia tells the story including all her geeky girl angst, was a little much for me. It was a cute book, a cute story, but pretty typical 'never been on a date', 'not a popular girl' , 'rebel vegetarian girl' that populate many young adult novels. I read it quickly and it was a great diversion during the four baseball games my son played this weekend, and while I don't think I'll look for the sequels, I'd rent the movie. I imagine Julie Andrews could eat up the scenery as the proper, snooty grandmother.

3 comments:

trish said...

You SHOULD be more pithy in your footer? Maybe you could do a joke every time you change it. Like...What do you call a man with no arms and no legs on your wall?

Art.

bethany said...

I have seen the movie, and haven't read the book. It was fine, a regular chick-flick and fun to watch.

joanna said...

I still want to read this, although I've already seen the movie. I really liked the movie and yes, Julie Andrews was truly fantastic in that part!