Literature / The Ordinary Princess

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Yep, she's not "pretty".
The Ordinary Princess is a Fairy Tale novel written by M.M. Kaye.

The story starts when the birth of Princess Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne is announced. The princess is going to be the seventh child born to King Hudlebrand and Queen Rodehesia, and everyone knows that the seventh child is always the nicest, most beautiful, kindest and all around best child to be born. Fairies are invited to her Christening, and the all give her gifts. Except of course, for beauty, as she is the seventh child and already beautiful.

Then comes in the fairy Crustacea who's old and grumpy, and decides to give the princess the gift/curse of being "ordinary".

As Princess Amy (Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne is not the name for someone so ordinary), she likes to do ordinary things, much to the despair of her parents. By the time she is of marriageable age, she is quite un-Princess-like, and no one wants to marry her. Her parents decide that they will hire a dragon, and whoever beats the dragon has to marry Amy.

Amy doesn't like this plan, and so she decides to run away from home.

Eventually Amy ends up working as a scullery maid in a kingdom far far away, where she meets Peregrine, and shares illicit ice cream with him. Of course, Peregrine is hiding a secret of his own...


This work contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Amy's full real name.
  • Blessed with Suck: This is how everyone views the "gift" that is bestowed on Amy - except for Amy herself.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Amy goes from princess to scullery maid after she runs away from home. Atypically, she's much more content with her life as a servant than she was as a princess.
  • Compound Title: The four chapters are: Lavender's Blue, Rosemary's Green, When You Are King, I Shall Be Queen, which is a condensed and slightly altered version of the nursery rhyme, "Lavender's_Blue", as the version listed on The Other Wiki with the latter two lines uses "Lavender's green" instead of "Rosemary", and the version that has "Rosemary's green" does not have the latter two lines. The poem also appears on the back cover as:
    Lavender's blue
    Rosemary's green -
    When you are King
    I shall be Queen
  • Cursed with Awesome: In contrast to everyone other than Crustacea, Amy's perfectly happy being ordinary; her only complaint about it is that it causes difficulty for her parents.
  • Dances and Balls
  • Embarrassing First Name: Peregrine, whose first name is Algernon.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry
  • The Fair Folk
  • Family Theme Naming: All seven royal daughters are named for jewels: Diamond, Opal, Emerald, Sapphire, Crystal, Pearl, and Amethyst.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Amy, even though she's far from a proper princess.
  • Happily Ever After
  • Heir Club for Men: All children born to a King of Phantasmarania are girls. Each King's next in line for the throne is his eldest daughter's youngest son.
  • King Incognito: Twice over. Amy becomes a princess incognito when she runs away from home, and Peregrine the "man-of-all-work" turns out to be King Algernon.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: The seven princesses. Also, at Amy and Perry's wedding, Crustacea blesses them with the promise that they will have "six gallant sons and four darling daughters."
  • Odd Name Out: Pearl, and Crystal, in different ways. Pearls are an organic gem, unlike the others, and Crystal is another name for a gem, instead of being a kind of gem, unlike their sisters, Diamond, Opal, Emerald, Sapphire, and Amethyst.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Amethyst isn't the type of name you give to someone who's "ordinary", so it's just "Amy".
  • Overly Long Name: Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne. King Algernon has eight names.
  • Princess Classic: Played with, as princesses have criteria:
  • Princess in Rags
  • Purity Sue: Parodied and played with in-universe. Princesses and Princes are expected to be like this, with the exception of Amy and Perry who make fun of them, saying they are rather uninteresting and humorless.
  • Real Name as an Alias: Who would expect a princess to be called "Amy", anyway? King Algernon has eight names and "Peregrine" is indeed one of them.
  • Rule of Seven: The titular character is a seventh child and her full name has seven words. Her name is Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne.
  • Standard Hero Reward: The catalyst for Amy deciding to leave home is when she learns her parents intend to marry her off this way.
  • Trickster Mentor: Crustacea, in her own way.
  • Youthful Freckles: Amy develops these; they're considered a failing because princesses are supposed to have flawless china skin. In fact, any princess going out in the sun must be carefully monitored lest they burn or blemish.

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