Monday, August 5, 2013

The Princess Diaries Revisited 1-3

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This week marks the halfway point of this year's Meg-a-Readers, which means that this week is the Meg Cabot read-a-thon.

June marked 10 years since I first read The Princess Diaries (my first Meg experience was in May but I always say it was made official in June) so I decided to revisit the series this year since I probably haven't read them since maybe 2007. And this was a series that I was constantly rereading  -although the same could be said about all of Meg Cabot's books.

Chances are that by that August 10 years ago I was already rereading The Princess Diaries for the third time. And I do have the memory of caring it around with me that summer, I don't think I read it while out though I just liked having it there, it was like my teenaged security blanket.

Were I to make something to symbolize 8th grade it would probably include a few things about my friends and everything else The Princess Diaries, oh and Orlando Bloom. Get rid of the friends and the same could be said about 9th grade too actually, but by then it would have expanded to all things Meg Cabot.

I've mentioned before that it's because of Meg Cabot and Princess Mia that I continued writing in my journal -if you followed the Meg Cabot Day posts on Twitter last week you might have even seen the picture:
- had it not been for them I probably would have stopped in 9th grade.

Unfortunately I didn't write down what I originally thought about The Princess Diaries, although the memories I just shared probably say enough, so I can't share that but here are my original thoughts on Princess in the Spotlight and Princess in Love, as well as my opinions on them 10 years later.

Due to timing my revisit had to be through audiobooks, but how could I resist when they're being read by Princess Mia herself (I don't care how many other "bigger" roles Anne Hathaway gets; to me (and my dad) she's Princess Mia.)?
The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think this is officially the first book that actually got me interested in reading. I think mostly since it's such a long series I knew exactly what I was going to read next. Unlike before where I would be completely confused as to what to read. I fell in love with this book the first time I read it; since then I don't even know the number of times I've reread it.

May 2013
The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I learned a lot about myself rereading this, a lot of the views and opinions that I thought were my own, really weren't.
Example: My views on virginity, I was 13 I don't think I had views on it yet! I'll never know if there was a Mia influence behind everything I believed on the matter. Not that it would have influenced me had it been any other way. {cough cough Ready or Not}
Algebra, no I did not fail because of Meg, that was my own doing. But if you want to get technical I did spend a lot more time reading her books than studying. 8 years later I've yet to use the FOIL method again but Meg just keeps on giving. And I did actually understand the FOIL method because of this book.
Also I couldn't help but notice a persons nostrils. I still do sometimes!

January 17, 2004
Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries, #2)Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I never noticed how I am obsessed, and totally crazy about Princess books. I love the stories, I finished this in like three days. I couldn't put it down (unless I had to, like for Bewitched.)

I was about to turn 14 when I wrote this, and The Princess Diaries were a huge part of my teen years and like I said I genuinely was obsessed with "princess books" although truthfully couldn't name more than three at the time. Actually I still can't. Oh and I had just rediscovered the 60's show Bewitched (which I was also pretty obsessed with).

May 2013
Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries, #2)Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Only the second book and they were already bringing back so many memories; and they weren't all that fab. But of course I realized that Meg Cabot is the only author that can make me miss being a teen.
I used to really like Helen, I thought she was a pretty cool mom... so many years ago. Now that I'm acquainted with someone way too much like her I can not stand it.
I had forgotten about Kenny, I liked him. Thanks to Kenny I really wanted a secret admirer. This book is also the reason I watched Rocky Horror.

Random observation: While sick Mia spends her day watching Lifetime movies and mentions watching one titled Who is Julia? which is a real movie about a brain transplant.
This was six years before Airhead, coincidence or an idea for a future book?
[Now there's a question to ask!]

February 10, 2004
Princess in Love (The Princess Diaries, #3)Princess in Love by Meg Cabot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My thoughts on the book after I read it the first time:

I don't think I am going to be able to concentrate today, because just now in homeroom I finished Princess in Love. I am totally obsessed with it, I can't stop thinking about it. I am in love with that book! I wish something like that would happen to me...

I'll just leave it at that, I go on to gush about how great it is for about four pages, and some things are better left unshared.

May 2013
Princess in Love (The Princess Diaries, #3)Princess in Love by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars (notice the rating change)

Sorry to my younger self up there but I couldn't stop laughing at the ending and the memory of my original reaction. Again only Meg can make me miss being a teen.
This book showed me how much I have, and haven't, changed in the last 9 years. 9 years ago: I was such a hopeless romantic. Now: I was heckling Mia.
Really I think I can blame the narration for that (I still love Anne Hathaway 10 years later, but she can NOT do European accents.)
I can't count the number of times I reread these books over the past decade, and loved the ending in this one. But this time around, it felt different because I knew what was coming. Coming both at the end of this book and coming in future books.

I think that was the main difference I know what the future holds for Mia now.

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