I've spent over a year trying to finish this book, which is a shame.
As a fan of some of the more popular online Rejected Princesses stories that used to pop up on Tumblr, I was really excited to buy this book. Yes, I was so sure I would like this thaI've spent over a year trying to finish this book, which is a shame.
As a fan of some of the more popular online Rejected Princesses stories that used to pop up on Tumblr, I was really excited to buy this book. Yes, I was so sure I would like this that I spent around 24 dollars on it.
However, the tone of the stories are not the same as the ones I loved so much. The ones I had read were much more somber, with a lot more illustrations that went hand in hand with important parts of the story. The heroines I read about were remarkable women of history--I'll come back to this later. These stories, however, were very lighthearted, even when talking about serious subjects such as rape. I mean, yes, a rapist is indeed a "grade A A-hole" but it feels a bit...odd for you to put that in the paragraph, you know?
Also, some of these protagonists were a) not real people, which I began to get tired of, because the author just did not do well describing legends; a lot of the myth-and-legend entries were shorter than average, and more flippant in tone than usual. They were also b) not women to be proud of. I almost lost it when he tried painting Jezebel in a sympathetic light; it bordered on the offensive. (He twisted the story around to make Elijah seem villainous, which is just...you know what, that actually crossed the border into the offensive.)
Lastly, the cartoons of these women began to really annoy me. Once you get to the more mature figures, the juxtaposition of these Disney-esque cute little drawings with big doe eyes and these honestly HORRIFIC stories (with the same irreverent aw-shucks writing) are just jarring. They worked at the start, but progressively got worse.
I know I used lastly, but I also wanted to make a warning that one level one/two story (the stories progress in terms of maturity) has the term "c*nt face" in it, which seemed to me to be weird.