Shut Up. Are Mia and Michael getting married?! Is a Royal Wedding in the works?! Is my inner tween shrieking in absolute glee?! The answer to all these questions is a resounding: yes. I was eleven when I first started reading this series. Us Princess Diaries fanatics who have been there since the very beginning of Mia Thermopolis’ life changing royal journey are finally getting a very happily ever after.
I was overseas when Princess Diaries: Royal Wedding was released in Australia. I searched high and low in all the bookstores trying to find my royal literary escape and live vicariously through Princess Mia. Unfortunately I had to settle for waiting until I arrived home from my holiday. My first stop as soon as I disembarked my flight was my local bookstore. My eyes immediately locked upon the glorious book, neatly displayed on the Young Adult section just waiting for me to pick it up and breathe in that succulent new-book smell. It was glorious. My heart was thudding loud against my chest. It was time to delve into Mia Thermopolis’ life as a 26 year old American-Genovian royal.
And it did not disappoint one bit.
The Voice of Mia Thermopolis
The thing that really impressed me about the book was Meg Cabot’s ability to write in the voice of Mia Thermopolis in such a way that is relatable and translatable to a twenty-something year old. She did this whilst still capturing the headstrong and over-analytical personality of Mia that we have come to know so well. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I grew up with Mia. She was my high school friend. We had so much in common (minus the whole being a royal princess thing) and she taught me much about achieving self-actualization and of course, writing heart melting and cliché love poems.
Of course, not much has changed when it comes to Mia’s personality- she’s still at times self-critical and insecure of her place in life, but that’s what makes her insanely relatable. I read her inner-thoughts and it’s as though I’m reading my own diaries. I find a little piece of me and that’s what I love so much about the Princess Diaries series.
The Royal Wedding Plot
Plot-wise, I think the novel from beginning to end is somewhat predictable. There are a few plot twists here and there and some MAJOR shocking relationship pair ups that, to be honest, I did not see coming. We are also introduced to a few new characters, one of which becomes central to the overarching plot.
The book also lightly deals with important political issues- all ‘fantasized’ of course for the purpose of fiction, but based heavily on real life issues surrounding refugees, racial discrimination and war. I think Meg Cabot did a decent job conveying the humanitarian and moral ethics of these issues throughout.
Mia Thermopolis and Michael Moscovitz
But anyway, let us get to the good stuff- the good stuff being Mia and Michael FOREVER. So everyone would know that Michael popped the question on an exotic Caribbean island in a rather cliché ring-in-the-champagne-glass kind of way. Anyone who reads the blurb knows this. Michael is incredibly successful in his medical-engineering career and Mia is hugely invested in her not-for-profit organisation (as a Princess should be). They’re really getting somewhere in life and they’ve definitely progressed far in all aspects of their relationship (what with the constant fire-esque role-play that we get a tiny little glimpse into now and again). It’s the kind of relationship that any twenty-something year old would be totally envious of. I really adored the interaction between Mia and Michael. It just showed that they’ve developed such a supportive, caring and eye-winkingly cheeky relationship. It makes my heart flutter, seriously.
There is also a HUGE reveal approaching the end of the novel, one that really wraps up Princess Mia’s life in a very happy royal nutshell. Some might say that it’s simply too good to be true, but hey, it’s fiction and I am a total sucker for happy endings.
Overall, I think Princess Diaries: Royal Wedding really tied the knots (literally) and gave an ending that was full of contentment. I’m really content. For the two days that it took me to read, I felt like I escaped from my reality and lived vicariously through Princess Mia. And I’m not complaining.
So congratulations to Mia and of course her royal consort, Michael. Here’s to many blissful years together.
Long live the Queen 😉