If my Pinterest boards tell you anything, it’s that I love books (especially YA) and I love Disney — especially Disney princesses — so what better thing to do than combine the two, right? I started musing which Disney Princesses each of my favorite YA heroines would be and then I started noticing that I could spot some similarities in my favorite YA books and Disney movies. Before long, I was writing up a storm for a blog post, sharing which of my favorite books I could match with my favorite Disney adventures, and so we have…
YOUNG ADULT MEETS DISNEY: YA/DISNEY CROSSOVERS
If you like BEAUTY AND THE BEAST try…
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS
- Set in France (and her father uprooted her to go there)
- Her relationship with her family isn’t the easiest but she loves them fiercely
- Feels totally alone but is quickly shown hospitality by the locals
- She’s a little bit nerdy
- There’s a whole scene about the food and her friends show her the best things to order
- Starts to fall for a guy but it’s a bit complicated…
- And the guy tries really hard to make things right before he loses the girl forever.
THE HEROINES: Belle // Anna Oliphant
MORE ABOUT THE BOOK: Anna and the French Kiss is one of my all-time favorites. It’s funny, it’s realistic, it’s extremely swoony, and I will recommend it to anyone!
BOOK REVIEW: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
If you like CINDERELLA try… ELEANOR & PARK
- It’s about a girl who has been treated like an outcast
- Even by her own family
- Her step-parent is totally awful and the home situation is dismal and abusive
- But she has her own dreams of what she wants out of life
- She meets a handsome guy who is tired of the average girls without any substance
- Essentially all of the good things in her life have to be kept a secret so her family won’t ruin them
- The start of their relationship is timid and she’s reluctant to share so much about herself
- The story is a little bit sad but in the end, the two characters find that they just fit perfectly together
THE HEROINES: Cinderella // Eleanor Douglas
MORE ABOUT THE BOOK: Eleanor & Park goes much deeper than the bullet points mentioned above. It’s a very moving story and sometimes I really wish Eleanor had her own fairy godmother! But I guess if you want to make that parallel to Cinderella there, Park is sort of both the prince and Eleanor’s “fairy godmother”. The first spark of feelings are there but he also shows Eleanor that it’s okay to express what she wants to and that not all people — and not all families — are horrible. They really learn a lot from each other and Park introduces her to so many new things — especially music!
BOOK REVIEW: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
If you like ALADDIN try… LEGEND
- One main character is a criminal, on a mission to steal
- One main character is local royalty who can essentially do no wrong
- They end up meeting and making a connection but… neither really truly knows the true identity of the other
- The girl has other suitors — one who she doesn’t really feel comfortable about both romantically and in other ways — and it’s hard for her to push that guy off
- True identities are discovered when things start to go down and the characters end up feeling betrayed… but deep down they still have feelings for each other.
- Meanwhile, the guy ends up indisposed thanks to the local government & local baddies
- The girl discovers the true nature of her other suitor which throws even more questions into play
- But by that time it’s too late and things are starting to break bad
- The girl decides to help and restore the natural order of good and the two set things straight
THE HEROES: Aladdin // Daniel (Day) Wing
MORE ABOUT THE BOOK: Legend was a great read for me! I actually enjoyed it more than Divergent. I really love stories about characters who have to hide their identities and at the same time, it makes me SO nervous! I kind of enjoy the Day/Aladdin parallel.
BOOK REVIEW: Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu
If you like FROZEN try…SHADOW AND BONE
- An orphaned girl lives with her only companion and best friend
- Well, they used to be closer but things have been a bit rocky lately
- In a moment where she loses control trying to protect the one she loves, the girl’s powers are displayed to the world!
- And people panic
- But it’s cool though. Once she finally starts to get more comfortable with her powers, she’s a total badass.
- The elements are at her will!
- Animals with antlers make appearances
- BUT people are greedy for power and want to abuse the girl’s magical power and political power
- This dude may seem like he’s a good guy, but trust me. He’s got some hidden layers there that really show his true colors. He has nothing but rotten motives
- The two besties eventually reunite and eventually, they’re stoked about reestablishing their relationship as well as righting the world once more
- And the best friend decides to help to set the world right once more and save the main character from the evil guy’s plan
THE HEROINES: Elsa // Alina Starkov
MORE ABOUT THE BOOK: Shadow and Bone takes place in a world inspired by tsarist Russia. The magic system and hierarchies of the book are really interesting and I love the details Leigh Bardugo took to create them! Obviously the “best friend” situation in Frozen would be Elsa and Anna and it’s a bit different in Shadow and Bone — Mal and Alina grew up together and truly were best friends and Alina definitely has a thing for him! Then we go back and forth throughout the book regarding the relationship because the power struggle (in many senses of the term) is more prevalent.
BOOK REVIEW: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo
There are my selections for YA books for the Disney fan! What do you think? Which books do YOU see corresponding with a Disney movie? Which YA hero/heroine would you match with a Disney prince or princess?
There was another one I wanted to include BUT it would be a total spoiler for the book so mum’s the word on that one for now!