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‘The Princess Diaries’ Author Writing Black Canary Story

Black Canary is one of the DC Universe’s most iconic heroines. The character first appeared in 1947, slowly growing through the ages to become a self-assured, independent character. Her power is a ‘canary cry’, a supersonic scream, powerful enough to shatter windows. The current and most iconic Black Canary is Dinah Lance, who has appeared in such works like Arrow and Justice League.  Black Canary has been consistently seen as a superhero icon and a feminist role model to the comic book fanbase’s female culture. This latest book puts a new spin on the character for a new generation, written by a famous author.

 

Dinah Lance sits with her parents around a table over dinner, arguing
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According to BustleThe Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot is writing a new Black Canary comic book, with art by Over the Garden Wall artist Cara McGee. The story will focus on a younger Dinah Lance, who is a brash, fun loving thirteen-year-old girl whose powers slowly begin to develop, manifesting in things she doesn’t mean to do, like shattering glass or knocking people over with her supersonic voice. Meg Cabot hopes the comic will resonate with younger readers, hence making Dinah a middle-schooler and making her face the same problems they do. The character’s typical costume, fishnets and a leotard, was also changed for this reason. Hence, her costume is this comic looks like something a kid could design themselves and make them know they could be a hero too, just like Dinah.

The novel is titled Black Canary: Ignite, and will be part of the DC Universe’s new imprint, DC Zoom, which will also have other titles focusing on younger iterations of their classic hero gallery: such as Mera: Tidebreaker, Wonder Woman: Tempest, and Batman: Gotham High. These stories, like Black Canary: Ignite, will be under a YA imprint and hopefully inspired younger readers with their tales.

 

Black Canary knocks down a bunch of her peers with her sonic scream (by accident)
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The book is due November 5th! Check it out or better yet, buy it for your kids. Go, Dinah, go!

 

 

Featured Image Via Meg Cabot.com

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5 of the Most Inspiring Princesses from Literature

As Meghan Markle prepares to officially become royalty this Saturday, we remember five of our favorite royal heroines from across the literary world. 

 

1. Mia Thermopolis – The Princess Diaries

 

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One of the most recognizable princesses in literature, Mia Thermopolis found out that she was secretly royalty when she was only 14 (15 in the Disney film adaptation). She’s one of the most badass literary princesses to date, exampled by her many accomplishments as both princess and queen.

 

2. Princess Buttercup – The Princess Bride

 

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Quite possibly one of the most underrated literary princesses, Princess Buttercup could wipe the floor with any other royal heroine. She does what she wants and doesn’t let anyone take advantage of her. Not to mention, she’s got some zesty one-liners. 

 

3. Eowyn – The Lord of the Rings

 

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Fun fact: Eowyn means horse-lover in Anglo-Saxon. One of Tolkien’s favorite characters, Eowyn is a complex princess who values family and has a strong sense of duty, charging into battle in disguise. While the movie dulled down her personality, the book version of Eowyn showcases the strong warrior she is. 

 

4. America – The Selection

 

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Like Mia, America quickly moved up the ranks from princess to queen by winning the heart of Prince Maxon. Unique, compassionate, and focused, America changed her priorities to focus on herself instead of the men in her life at the young age of 16. Learning these lessons at such a young age helped America not only thrive as queen, but teach her daughter to do the same. 

 

5. Mare – Red Queen

 

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Practically shoved into royalty, Mare’s authoritative powers come from her practically unheard of superhuman abilities. While a little secretive and described as bitter and rougher by her mother, Mare still does everything she can within her power to protect her loved ones. While battling off the Silvers and stay true to herself, she maintains her sense of humor throughout. 

 

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“Princess Diaries” Author Meg Cabot Penning Cosmic Story in “Star Wars” Universe

Meg Cabot has a new spinoff book set in the world of “Princess Diaries” called “From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess: Royal Crush,” and that’s great, but have you heard the other news? She is writing a story set in a galaxy far, far away.

 

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cabot spoke of her contribution to the upcoming anthology titled “Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View.” She reveals that everybody’s favorite Disney princess (Princess Leia!) was a major source of inspiration for the creation of Mia Thermopolis.

 

The anthology will explore fresh perspectives in the “Star Wars” universe. When considering which perspective she wanted to inhabit, Cabot had this to say:

I’ve been them all, but I really wanted to be Aunt Beru because I just love her. I mean, first of all, she’s one of the only other female characters [laughs], which is a little bit of a problem — there’s not been that many other females. But also, if it wasn’t for her sadly, spoiler alert, passing away, you know, Luke would never have gone off and saved the universe. … I felt like she’s really an important character and never got to really be glorified in the way that she needed to, so, that’s my character.

 

There you have it. Meg Cabot is penning a story that will deepen Aunt Beru’s backstory.

 

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It’s exciting to have a voice like Cabot’s join the “Star Wars” canon. Next time you turn on “A New Hope,” you’ll see a more fully formed character mothering Luke, and it’ll all be thanks to Cabot!

 

“Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View” hits shelves October 3. Order it here!

 

Feature image courtesy of Meg Cabot and Esquire.

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A Third “Princess Diaries” Movie Could Be on the Way, Says Author Meg Cabot

Anne Hathaway made her film debut as the princess of Genovia in 2001’s “The Princess Diaries,” and Meg Cabot, the author of the books on which the movies are based, says a third film could be on the way.

 

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Per EW: “Cabot confirmed there’s interest in going forward with ‘Princess Diaries 3,’ ‘kind of as a tribute’ to [director Garry] Marshall — but cautioned she had not heard anything more about the film beyond that a script exists.” She goes on to say that Anne Hathaway had an idea for what the third movie might be about.

 

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Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel,” the eleventh volume of Cabot’s “Princess Diaries” series, was released in 2015, but Cabot does not believe the third movie will follow the storyline of her series. They are “two different universes,” as she says. It makes sense since it has been about thirteen years since moviegoers last visited Genovia.

 

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Since the first film’s release, Anne Hathaway has gone on to adapt several books into major films (“Nicholas Nickleby,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Alice in Wonderland”). Chief among them is “Les Miserables,” for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Hopefully, the hype delivers, and we’ll get to see Hathaway return to her homeland: Genovia.

 

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