"Rejected Princesses" Should Be on Everyone's Bookshelf [Potentially Not Traditional Book Review]

This is supposed to be a book review, and correct me if I’m wrong, but reviews usually start with an introduction of the book…the plot…unbiased…with the verdict at the end.

I can’t do that with this book, though. Sorry, experts, I might just be breaking the rules here.

I just have to flat out say that it is awesome.

I want stop right here and just tell you to get yourself a copy, and not because I’m trying to get away with not writing a longer post. It’s Friday after all. Halloween Friday, and there are candies to dole out, tricks to perform.

But I can’t do that. You need to get a glimpse of Rejected Princesses so you’ll know what I’m going on about.

Now, I don’t have anything about Disney princesses. In fact, I grew up looking up to Belle. I loved Ariel and her trinkets. Mulan kicked ass. But, as much as my imagination can magically give life to characters, I haven’t bumped into a real-life Belle, Ariel, or Mulan.

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What I do know, though, is that there are “princesses” (quotation marks purposefully used) in human history who kicked real ass. “Princesses” who saved the lives of slaves, discovered Radium, flew an airplane and was never found again, and stood up for her rights in a bus.

Everyone knows about them, but there are so much more women in history – many not actually princesses – who broke out of the mold and caused quite a stir in their time. Many of whom we’ve never heard about.

And, that’s what Rejected Princesses is all about.

Well-behaved women seldom make history. – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

As Jason Porath, author of this enthralling book says, Rejected Princesses celebrated those women who make up the “seldom” part.

A little bit on Jason…you may not recognize his name, but he’s a former animator at Dreamworks. He worked on Kung Fu Panda 2, The Croods, and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Nothing more needs to be said. What he has done is no mean feat!

What I believe is more important, though, is the concept behind Rejected Princesses. It opens up a whole new world – a world of real women who deserve to be role models.

The book is an extension of Jason’s popular blog of the same name, where you can see splendid artwork together with stories of these princesses too badass to make it to movies that have been toned down for children (and quite understandably so, in my opinion).

From a wrestler princess who was a relative of Genghis Khan to Florence Nightingale (you’ll discover some interesting tidbits that are NOT in our history books) to Hatshepsut (probably the greatest pharaoh in history but never made the news) – you’ll get to know so many awesome (as in awe-inspiring) women.

I’ve had the book – a review copy, shout out to Julia Borchets! – for almost a week and I haven’t even read more than half. There’s just much content, and I find myself reading the short stories more than once (also doing my own research – it’s my librarian side coming out), not to mention the artwork, which is worth spending time on its own.

Here is a peek of the artwork taken from Jason’s blog – a few of my favorites. (My photos won’t do them any justice).

Don’t be fooled by the cartoony feel, though. There is some content that may not be suitable for children, and I am thankful for the warning at the beginning of the book as I fully intend to read this with my young nephews.

If you’re planning on reading this to (with) kids, make sure to check this page carefully.

So there you have it. For some inspiring reading and beautiful artwork, Rejected Princesses is your book. Do your Christmas shopping early and get it here. Or just get it because I honestly believe every self-respecting book lover should own one.

You might also want to read: When Disney Characters Enter the World of Japanese Art

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