People are lining up to win our podcast affection! Check out Bryan and Robert’s review of the novella The Prince by Kiera Cass.
Bryan’s quick summary:
Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete for Prince Maxon’s heart on the selection, he was just a boy trying to come to terms with a life that would never be the same. Did he know love before America came into his life? Did he consider sending her home after her surprise assault? All two questions will be answered in this 64-page novella set in the world of The Selection.
The Prince is by Kiera Cass
So what did we think? (From a reader’s perspective)
1. (Bryan) There were things I liked in here, but I feel like there wasn’t much story to tell.
2. (Robert) This is awful. A story that you would find in a low-powered women’s magazine in a doctor’s waiting room. Maxon is unconvincing as a male, and a total idiot (even compared to how he comes across in The Selection!).
3. (Bryan) Enjoyed seeing why he liked the terrible girl and some of his inner thoughts when he approached America, but the thing with the French princess was awful.
What did we think from a writer’s perspective?
1. (Bryan) Hooboy. There wasn’t much description or characterization in here. I liked the Selection, and maybe that was just our plucky heroine, because the prince is likable, but not interesting.
2. (Robert) It’s a male POV. But Maxon seems more like a “she”. Perhaps this is a setup for him to be gay later in the series? I’ll never know.
3. (Bryan) If I had a mega popular series, I’d probably also write novellas, but I think you have to have an inciting incident that adds to the story.
Bryan and Robert’s Famous Takeaways:
1. Read this book in your writer’s critique group and pretend you wrote it. Sit back and be roasted for the rubbish prose, the cheesy dialog, the vast swathes of “please SHOW don’t tell!” and the RUE* marks in the margins.
* RUE: Resist the Urge to Explain.
2. Don’t assume that just because it’s shorter means it doesn’t need the same level of attention.
3. Read this book, then if you are a writer, do the opposite. If you are a reader, sigh with relief that it was short.
Prompt of the Week:
Pick your favorite story of all time. Write a spinoff from the POV of one of the side characters. What is the inciting incident of your story that compels you to tell this tale?