The Princess and the Goblin

by George MacDonald | Children's Books |
ISBN: 0141332484 Global Overview for this book
Registered by LittleRedHat of South Milford, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on 1/18/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by LittleRedHat from South Milford, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 18, 2020
I generally feel goblins get a bad rap in fantasy works. Personally, I find them somewhat endearing, but they are almost always portrayed as villianous, sneaky and greedy.

Fairytale tropes both feature and are inverted here. Princess raised with ladylike manners befriends brave miner boy and gets caught up in perilous adventure. Then again, Irene isn't passive: she is headstrong, speaks her mind and is always truthful and keeps her promises - two traits she considers vital in a princess. She even rescues her miner friend, Curdie, at one point... although, of course, the male hero gets his fair share of action moments, too. In the absence of a Fairy Godmother, there is intsead a mystical grandmother character, beautiful and dreamlike, who influences events and protects the heroes from afar.

The goblins themselves are brilliant creations. Family conversations are funny (and a tad relatable!) and the wonderfully obnoxious queen probably went to the same finishing school as Wonderland's Queen of Hearts. Even the goblin prince, Harelip, breaks the mold somewhat: he is himself half-human, for which he is mocked mercilessly by his own wicked stepmother, and it seems he is going along with the plot due to a sense of duty and expectation rather than any personal malice, making him an (almost) sympathetic character.

Released 1 mo ago (1/18/2020 UTC) at Somewhere in South Milford in South Milford, North Yorkshire United Kingdom

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