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
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
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
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)
Nope. Just nope.