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It's December: the end of the year and the time of 1000 recommendation lists. We thought we'd get in on the action with some sweet themed recs! Although monarchy is not a great vehicle for governing a populace in this reality, fiction makes it work sometimes. Here's some of our favorites.

Theme for December 24: Favorite media about royalty



Forestofglory


My first thought about this prompt is that what I really like in stories about royalty is revolutions and setting up democratic governments. Well, there’s a comic along those lines where the main character is a princess: Another Castle by Andrew Wheeler & Paulina Ganucheau, which is pretty great! Then I actually looked at my bookshelves and realized that despite my disapproval of monarchy as form of government I actually like quite a few books that are about royalty. So I’m also going to rec Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold. Maybe this cheating a bit because while Ista is a royal dowager the fact that she’s royalty isn’t really what the book is about. But it's a wonderful book about a middle aged woman having an adventure and finding new meaning and purpose in life.

Jodie


What a great chance to shoehorn my love for the 2017 Wonder Woman and 2018 Black Panther films into Recmas! Both are great stories about superheroes from royal backgrounds, and both are fantastic films that made me swoon hard. Black Panther is just ridiculously good; from its costuming to its storyline to its politics. And Wonder Woman is the female led super film I always wanted. I genuinely never thought these films would exist in my life time, and was floored to see DC and Marvel produce such quality projects. Roll on Aquaman and Captain Marvel.

Susan


This answer probably isn't a surprise to anyone, but Jupiter Ascending fills me with so much joy! It was the first film I watched where I came away feeling seen, and I love how much of a world they've created in such a small space! It is possibly my favourite movie, I will not hear a word said against its beautiful ridiculousness, and now I need to go back and watch it again to appreciate Tiny Space Queen Jupiter Jones And Her Flying Angel Space Wolf Boyfriend.

KJ


My favorite story about royalty and palace intrigue from the past few years is The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. I found the story of Maia, a bastard son who unexpectedly gains the throne, to be thoroughly engaging. I was super happy that it was recognized as a Hugo finalist a few years back, and recent rumors of an upcoming sequel make me even happier.

Renay


A few years ago I tried The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner and was bemused, because I had heard so many accolades about the series that I was sure my complete inability to connect emotionally with any of the characters was my fault. But I suspect now that I was just not prepared for Turner's narrative style, which is to reveal things that change everything at the very last moment. I still find The Thief a very weak book characterization-wise, but all the other books that follow it are excellent, especially if you go in knowing that Turner holds her cards close to her chest. My favorite is Thick as Thieves, which I describe, depending on who I'm reccing it to as "super gay roadtrip" or "roadtrip in disguise". They're not all books about royalty, but instead feature different characters as they struggle in a Extreme Maximum Monarch situation. The last book in the series comes out in 2019 and it's a little bittersweet that it's ending, but now's a good time to catch up and be ready for it!

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