I’ve wanted to read this for a while, mainly out of curiosity as I’d seen a number of varied reviews on it and wanted to have my own opinion.
The thing to recognize and understand about this is the fact that the story is good while the poetry itself isn’t. There were maybe two poems I found myself impressed with enough to like, but the rest–while the message and the story was good–fell flat.
I enjoyed reading it, but this reads more like the sort of poetry a young girl would write before she really understood what poetry is and how to write it. The language doesn’t flow, it rarely feels like it has a melody.
There’s potential, but it needed to be rewritten.
The Princess Saves Herself in this One makes the mistake of not undrastanding what constitutes as a poem. And ultimately I think this is something that I’ve noticed in a lot of circumstances where poetry is concerned lately. I’ve even made the mistake before. And the problem ultimately arrives in the fact that so many of us never seem to “get” poetry while we’re learning about it in school.
For me, it was later, when I fell prey to the at times beautiful poetic renditions on blogs (like tumblr) that I really found myself interested in poetry in the first place. And I didn’t understand what it was or how it worked back then. The concept of where to break a line was completely foreign to me. And when we learn poetry from others who learned poetry from others but never came to understand metric and flow, we end up with works like this.
And I’m sorry, but just randomly hitting the enter button whenever possible while writing something does not mean that poetry is what’s being written.
*She could learn a bit more about poetry.