The Princesses Read: Fear

Each Saturday, I will be showcasing what one of the Disney Princesses, Heroines, Princes, Villains, or Sidekicks might be picking up if they were reading YA today. It will be based off their likes, interests, personalities, and their storyline. At the end, I will also feature a book that the character would NOT be picking up and a section of books that are based off either the plot or original princess fairytale. Check out more info here on my original post! We’ve featured all of the princesses, and we have also done two non-princesses but epic Disney heroines, Alice, The Muses, and Tinkerbell! I also started my own tag for this as well, The Disney Princess Sidekicks Tag!

This week we will be featuring…


Fear from Inside Out

I figured since Halloween is only about a week away, it would be a lot of fun to take on something different, spooky, and perfect for the Halloween season – basically Book Princess Reviews is going Halloweenie and what better way to do that than showcase it with Disney? I was trying to think of some of the best Disney characters, and I was thinking…well, what’s one of the main attractions of Halloween? The answer: fear! So who better to feature then? Well, Fear himself, from the adorable, emotional, and totally more for grown-ups Inside Out.

Fear is a guy that is, well, scared of everything. He is a wee bit paranoid, spooks easily, and totally anxious about the small life choices and the big ones. He thinks about the worst case scenario. So…basically me? Totally me. However, what we don’t talk about is his resilience, his bravery to not let his fear consume him, and his willingness to always be a team player. He is an important part of the brain and mind, and without him, our darling main heroine would end up doing a lot of idiotic things. He’s easily the most relatable of the characters, personally, for me in this movie, although he looks like a Wiggle gone wrong? I do wish Disney would have focused a bit more on him, since I think it would have been such an interesting look at anxiety and how so many people deal with it.

Anywayyyyyyyyyy, since we are featuring him, I thought it would be kind of fun to showcase 4 books he would not pick up and showcase 2 books he would pick up, since there are far more scary books out there then books that he could relate to.

What books would Fear not be fearful of?

All the Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher


World ending? Totally something to be fearful of. In this book, the main character, Lenny, is making lists of all the ways the world can end. I totally feel like Fear would so be into lists. Like, making them, checking them off, counting them – he makes verbal lists of all the ways things could go wrong in the movie, so why wouldn’t he have lists of all the ways the world can end or how we can make a fool of ourselves in other ways. Lists are epic, by the way.

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

a semi

Seriouslyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, I think this book is literally has Fear’s name written all over in big capital letters. It screams Fear. Part of the summary: “She doesn’t yet have a great fear because she avoids pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, crowds—anything that might trigger a phobia is off-limits and is meticulously recorded in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares. ” Fear will be eagerly diving into this one, especially with a main character that seems as relatable as this one. Plus, it’s purple and Fear is purple, so he must like it for sure.

What YA books would Fear avoid at all costs?

Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

project 17

GHOSTIESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. This book forever makes me peek over my shoulder to make sure there isn’t something lurking in the shadows…or the corners where there literally couldn’t be anything there BUT STILL. GHOSTIES. THEY DON’T OBEY THE RULES OF GRAVITY. This book is set in an insane asylum headed for demolition, and 6 teens decide to make a movie there where there are creepy dolls, eerie bathtubs, and this stupid auditorium showdown that had me going D: D: D: I loved the cast of characters and even though this book messes with my mind, it somehow goes down in the favorites category.

Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

welcome to the dark house

Oh, look, she’s back again. This book forever kind of traumatized me? And then it had a follow-up book that did me again. IT IS UNSETTLING. But I couldn’t stop reading it? And now I’m totally fearful of random abandoned amusement parks that will somehow become nightmare worlds. IT IS CREEPY AND I DON’T LIKE IT EVEN THOUGH I KIND OF DEVOURED THIS BOOK. Ugh, this book. Fear needs to turn away from this book as fast as possible, because I didn’t learn my lesson.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas


Okay, this wasn’t the scariest book. It’s not even on my top ten, but there is that whole unsettling factor that just had me scurrying past open doors and windows at night. Something about the cold, desolate small town setting gave this book that just made it even more of a dark, creepy vibe that had my heart pounding a little more than usual. Thrillers and mysteries will probably be a no-go for Fear, too. Maybe he should just stick to adorable contemporaries?

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahm (aka the book that forever scarred me as a kid)

wait till helen comes

Nope. Just nope.

What do you think? What are some books Fear would stay away from?? And what are some you think he would pick up? I’m just casually asking because I’m totally not going to eagerly write all of them down. Let’s discuss in the comments below!

12 thoughts on “The Princesses Read: Fear

  1. YAY TO NEW PRINCESSES READS!!! (not princesses at all but you get my point)
    I remember loving Inside Out when I first watched it (I actually cried a little bit too) and Fear is definitely an awesome and suuuper relatable character. I wish they’d develop him more too!
    I absolutely agree with your choices, Mandy 🙂 I think I’ll want to read some of these myself, though I’m not sure I can do that before Halloween rolls in hahaha
    Also, love the little X Files thingy with Mulder and Scully!! So awesome 😀
    Great post, as always, darling ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Sophie!! ❤ But yes! Me and my friend went to go to see it in the movie theaters and I was tearing up so bad and kept going BUT IS THIS REALLY A KIDS MOVIE? But yesssssss! ❤
      LOL I know! I hadn't realized that it crept up so close. I hope you get some spooky reads in beforehand!
      Lol thank you! I spotted it and was like, I MUST HAVE IT. It plays the theme song, too. 😉
      Thanks so much, Sophie! ❤

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      1. EXACTLY MY THOUGHTS!! So, so amazing. I guess it’s a kids’ movie whose most profound meaning only adults/teenagers will be able to fully appreciate? Clever writers.
        I’ve been reading a few but not nearly as much as I wish! There’s so little time in the day 😥
        Oh, its coolness just went up a notch or two! Plus, it’s just so you 😛
        You’re very welcome, hon! ❤

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      2. Ahhahahaha YES. Me and my friend went to go see it in the movies and we’re like in the back of the theater bawling and like all the kids were like, give us the elephant’s name that I can’t remember back!
        But yesssssssssss. 😉

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  2. I love how you described Fear but also told us he is resilient. That’s true that I fear the worst so many times too but in the end I always make it. Must be resilience too LOL


  3. Great choices! Fear is such a relatable character. And you are SO right about the lists. Remember on Riley’s first day of school and he made a list of every single possible worst case scenario or issue she could face and it was a literal NOVEL. Hundreds of pages, I tell you. So yes, lists of scary things or things that will make him anxious are totally to his alley b


  4. Fear is the perfect choice for this time of the year!! He and I have a lot in common it seems! I am fearful of literally everything! AND WHAT IS EVEN THAT LAST BOOK MANDY. THAT LOOKS CREEPY AS HELL, I COULDN’T EVEN LOOK AT IT FOR A LONG TIME. Imma be out of there before Helen ever comes. There is no way I’m waiting for her.


  5. That’s too funny, I was confused looking at the title until I realized it was a character from Inside Out. I love that you veered from your usual characters and brought us someone unique to dive inside the head of! Lovely post!

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    1. Ahahaha! I can totally understand how this totally looks like in that context. XD LOL, were all the princesses in fear??? Was I doing a psychological study into the princesses with fear? I can see where all of this could have gone wrong. But thanks! I wanted to try something different and just needed an excuse for spooky reads. XD

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      1. I mean, it would be the perfect time of year to conduct a princess psychological study on fear. I would be intrigued.


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