Friday, May 6, 2011

Who's your favourite Princess?

Still a republican.
But sigh.  
I did enjoy the royal wedding. 
Catherine and William seemed so happy and the service was so elegant and graceful. Loved the music, loved the trees in Westminster. And now the fact that they've hied themselves away to a cottage by the sea?  
It's almost like a fairy story. 
Which of course has me thinking of my favourite Princesses. To be honest, most real ones just do not make the cut. Inbred and snooty and just too too dull. 
Which leaves the made up ones to consider. 
At present I'm plumping for Princess Amy of M.M Kaye's The Ordinary Princess as my favourite. Princess Amy (Real name Amethyst Augusta etc etc etc etc) is blessed with Ordinariness by a contrary fairy at her birth, and on reaching her majority runs away to the forest to prevent her courtiers schemes of hiring in a dragon to find her a Prince. Sweet and funny The Ordinary Princess is aimed at maybe 7 years and over. M.M Kaye also created Anjuli in The Far Pavillions which is a 800 odd page historical novel set in India in the time of the Raj. Romantic, fascinating, tragic - for historical novels M.M Kaye is definitely a favourite. 

So top ten Princesses...

1 Princess Amy  The Ordinary Princess   M.M Kaye
2 Anjuli   The Far Pavilions        M.M Kaye
3 Princess Ce'Nedra   The Belgariad                        
David Eddings (I am Very grateful to Ce'Nedra for enlightening my husband to the fact that perfect woman are supposed to be bossy, vain, stubborn and Always Right!) 
4 Princess Lea   Star Wars      George Lucas
5 Aerrin   The Hero and the Crown     Robin McKinley (She kills the dragon, battles the evil sorcerer, brilliant!) 
6 Sarah  The Little Princess   Frances Hodgson Burnett (Not technically a princess, but really should be!) 
7 The Long Nosed Princess  The Book of Princesses   Can't Remember the Author
8 Ella   Ella Enchanted    Gail Carson Levine
9 The Apple Pip Princess     The Apple Pip Princess   Doherty and Jane Ray (Mainly for the illustrations which are stunning) 
10 Princess William Arthur etc   (Hey - they went away to live in a cottage by the sea...) 

And still there are sooo many more that should get into the list... I'm sure I've forgotten some. 

So which ones are your favourites? 

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