Title: The Prince and the Dressmaker
Author & Artist: Jen Wang
Publisher: First Second
This book was recommended to me by Sam (@somebooksandramblings), I think, and I didn’t really know what to expect.
I didn’t read the synopsis before I started, so I really had no idea what to expect when I opened it.
Turns out, it’s a story with relatable characters that are full of heart, gorgeous dresses, and 100% love is love vibes (my rainbow self is here for it 😊)
Despite the fact that it’s longer than an average graphic novel, I read it in one sitting. It didn’t require a lot of thought or brainpower to understand, which I count as a bonus with a graphic novel.
(look, a regular novel makes you think about how the characters look + the setting + the actual plot and backstory and world building. When I pick up a graphic novel I don’t necessarily want to have to think too much – in short, I’m lazy when it comes to graphic novels)
I really loved the characters. There weren’t any that I could connect to personally, but I still enjoyed following the character arcs, and I was genuinely upset when they had their low moments.
Even though I don’t typically like period pieces*, I liked the setting of this novel. I’m not sure the year, but it’s set in France, and a big portion of the plot has to do with the first big department store opening.
*Although, I don’t know if it technically counts as “period piece”, since it’s not very historically accurate.
Overall I found it to be an enjoyable and heartwarming read.
I’m not entirely sure it’s an LGBTQ story, but I would recommend it if you’re looking for a new graphic novel to read, or if you just like looking at pretty dresses.
I also didn’t realize until afterwards, but this book was written by the same artist who did In Real Life, which was okay, and I gave it 3 stars, I think. But it was a nice surprise that I accidentally found a book by her that I love.
4 stars = really good, but not a fav because I didn’t connect with it personally.
Have you read The Prince and the Dressmaker? What did you think?