Thursday, April 4, 2013

Day 4 of 30. Princess Hyacinth

Book 23.
What is it about princess stories that keeps them feeling new? Perhaps it's subtle twists to the familiar story, like in Princess Hyacinth (the Surprising tale of a Girl who Floated). Here we have a princess who, like most, seems bored of her royal upbringings. She longs to feel freedom from the burdens her life has bestowed upon her (in this case, the burdens being literal to keep her from floating off). The story's not told with a great deal of whit, nor does it need to be. You're charmed because it's charming.

Plain and simple.

- Matthew

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