The Dweeb Prince and the Eight Cursed Princesses

by HashBrown

Original ONGOING Comedy Drama Fantasy Romance Harem Low Fantasy Magic Male Lead Multiple Lead Characters School Life Slice of Life

Prince, despite his name, was more of a dweeb high school student, who often spends his free time reading instead of socializing. One day, he discovered a secret section of the library, and in it was a mysterious book.
Then, his careless action of opening it unleashed eight curses of the different princesses living in the book. Those curse will jinx his fellow female schoolmates so each of them would suffer a tragic end.
But hope remains, in the form of a fairy called Pixie. Together, Prince and Pixie will track down each individual possessed by the curse and guide them to their story's happy conclusions instead of the tragic ones.

With that, Prince will have to deal with classic fairy tales such as Snow White, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and others in a modern setting.


Note: The 'HAREM' tag doesn't mean that the MC will explicitly enter a polygamous relationship with multiple girls. The tag was added because this story involves encountering and dealing with different girls without entering the dating relationship. So yeah, this is more like the harem tag in anime rather than the harem tag explained here in RR.


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The Style.

First person peripheral style of writing. The author is able to convey the perspective, thoughts and actions of the MC (author), as well as those of the other characters at the same time. 

Is the writing style properly used? Yes. 

The Story.

The story follows that of a prince and his fairy endeavor with the fairy princesses. The plot line might not be a standout, it was still interesting enough. Once the readers get invested in the book, they will find it hard to drop. The story is funny and entertaining, as it continues to develop nicely.

The Grammar.

Very good use of the English grammar. No noticeable error that could affect the flow of the story.

The characters.

The characters are well made. Their actions and interactions showed how they are well fitted to their roles.

Great job author. Keep up the good work. 

kain91
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A play on classic fables in the modern day where the Prince is socially inept but kind nothing genre redefining but a fun story

Unintelligent Donkey
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Even non fans of this genre will love it!

Reviewed at: CHAPTER 17: CINDERELLA IN THE BALL

Style 4.5/5 - Pretty standard first-person POV centered around the MC. I loved it when the author swaps over to the side characters to help us relate better with them and really gives a depth to a few of the characters most will ignore and forget within the next five chapters.
 
Character + Story 5/5 - The author uses tropes and characteristics pulled straight out of a Disney movie, but, thrusts them into a modern setting and interact with these tropes and characteristics through the protagonist, the ‘dweeb’ mentioned in the title. And, that is what makes this novel absolutely magical. Going into this, I really didn’t know how much I was going to enjoy it, I wasn’t a fan of romance, and I was well past the age to enjoy a good old princess story, but well, the ‘dweeb’ really won me over by the end of the first few chapters with his well, dweeb moments… (͠≖ ͜ʖ͠≖)👌. I have to say though, that MC really did remind me of Hachiman from ‘OreGairu’, one of the best slice of life anime protag to ever exist. And, the plot was slightly reminiscent of 'yamada-kun to 7-nin no majo' (school girls cursed with magic), which I really loved as well. So, needless to say, I enjoyed the story of this novel as well! 
 
The girls were interesting so far, each with their own quirks, although they were reminiscent of their fairy tale princess, they had a lot more personality of their own that added an extra layer of charm and originality on them.   
 
Grammar 4.5/5 - There were some parts that looked wonky, but please take it with a grain of salt, my grammar sense is very wonky. Overall looks very well polished, there was no issue whatsoever in understanding what the author was trying to say.
 
Overall 5/5 - Fun slice of life with a bit of fantasy mixed in, definitely a fun read for a wide range or readers!

VMJaskiernia
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I love fairy tales and I love retellings of fairy tales. And I love anime. This light-novel style story takes both and blends them together into a cute tale that I could see having a 13 episode run.

Our protagonist is one of those 'losers' that doesn't have friends and spends his day reading. I can relate. And then he unleashes several curses onto the world, each themed by a classic, tragic, fairy tale. He needs to stop the tragedy and get the girl(s).

It's fast-paced in terms of prose- short paragraphs that move it along light novel style. Grammar is alright, a few issues or odd style choices, but nothing too jarring if you've read this type of story before. The characters are nice and you're rooting for the MC.

Give it a read :)

Dick Benetton
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Why Can't We Have More Fictions Like This?

Reviewed at: CHAPTER 13: CINDERELLA'S LITTLE STEP SISTER

This is the spiritual successor to The World God Only Knows. Check it out, it has a light novel, manga, and 3 seasons of anime.

Style

We are so hard-pressed to write amazing prose, killer descriptions and show, don't tell. While everyone is aiming to be the next Shakespeare, HashBrown doesn't do all that. In fact, he does something even better—write organically. I'm not a fan of romance, but the author tells such a charming story in a fluid and easily digested way that is such a rarity in a community which strives so hard to one-up each other with descriptions. 

Story

It is your Disney fairytales given a modern, high school, slice of life twist. It's surprisingly simple, yet effective. FYI, I'm an author who researches on things like "how long it takes a dead body to decompose" and "minimum age for child criminals to escape imprisonment" so I deal with dark, heavy and gritty content on a daily basis. Yet, The Dweeb Prince and the Eight Cursed Princesses had me giggling and smiling like a little girl the whole time.

Grammar

There were a few times when the name of the MC, Prince, is written without the capital P. Other than that, there's nothing distracting.

Character

The MC and the heroines aren't your ultra-realistic 3-dimensional reflections of the human psyche and THAT'S FINE. Not all stories need to have super deep characters. They just need to feel relatable and engaging—two things which this story succeeds brilliantly. Without spoilers, my only minor gripe was with one of the villains, who did feel a bit shoehorned in, but it's a small issue in the grand scheme of things.

To Conclude

Why do you think fairytales are so popular in the first place? Cinderella, Snow White and other fairy tale princesses aren't the most realistic depictions of human beings, but the stories still work. It's because they are ORGANIC. You don't need a 1000-year backstory or a galactic civil war to have an effective story. The Dweeb Prince and the Eight Cursed Princesses is a perfect example of this. If you disagree with me on this, FIGHT ME.

soundsofhysteria
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If you are looking for a light, fun-to-read story, this one is for you. 

Hash Brown, the author, really dives into literal characterization through the use of dialogue--and I am all here for it! Each person that is introduced has their own attitude, mindset, and quirks, and it's really proven through the conversations they have and the way they carry themselves. 

As I was reading, I found it difficult to find many grammatical issues, if any at all. The author is diligent about fixing typos that are discovered upon release, and it seems he may even catch the majority of them prior to releasing them onto the site. This is a good thing because it makes it feel incredibly polished for a self-published story on an indie website. 

I am a fan of all types of fantasy, and this author is a master at it. I dived into this world, with its unique characters and fun writing style, and I was left enthralled and having a fun time. It's hard for me to consider stories a 'fun time', because I'm pretty cynical about what I thoroughly enjoy in a genre. When I'm looking at this from the perspective as a reader, and not a reviewer, I had fun. Fun discovering the characters, fun finding out about this story and world.

Overall, this character-driven low fantasy is one you don't want to miss :) 

ztaylor
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Style - A first-person POV centered on our MC, with the occasional skips around to POV's of side characters. And suprise, they never felt like interruptions from the story itself. Every POV change flawlessly shifted from one to another, it never knocked me out of the story and or made me lost. It's not easy to do, or do it well for that matter, so well done! I'm a writer of grimdark fiction, so this is basically the opposite of what I write, and I still had fun reading it. It's not deep on any kind of level, but that's ok! I'm glad someone's deviating from the grimdark formula that's been unnecessarily shoved into a lot of fiction for the sake of being dark. This is fun for the sake of fun, and the author knows exactly what his story is.


Grammar - No issues, I couldn't find any errors if there were any.


Story - As I said above, this isn't George RR Martin or Stephen King. There's no deep philosophical conversations or matters of life and death at play. But that just wouldn't fit in this story. This is a nice, and very funny, fairytale love story combined with a harem anime. It would be fine as a regular slice of life series, but the author decides to spice it up with inspirations from fairytales, which never feel shoehorned in or poorly represented.


Character - I was going in this expecting to absolutely abhor Prince. It's just my natural reaction from so many harem MCs being the worst part of the show. But as I kept reading, I found myself liking him more and more. What's great about him is that he's consistent. He, and the story's heroines, serve the plot well. I never disliked anyone who I was supposed to like, nor did I ever slam my head into my desk from poor or odd choices characters in these stories tend to make.
I'll be definitely keeping an eye on this one. Well done, author!

Jon Wander
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HashBrown does a really good job delivering a light hearted take on this genre, you can tell he really enjoys the stories that inspired this one and is passionate about his own take.

It's a nice light-hearted tale that I think would be great as an anime or manga. If you're a fan of this sort of story then go for it you won't regret it. I don't consider myself a fan and I still enjoyed it.

Plus there's the whole nostalgia trip regarding the fairy tale princesses, which is a great bonus.

TheGreatOne
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Everything you want a modern Disney princess story to be

Reviewed at: CHAPTER 21: NIGHT STORM

For a young adult guy, I think a bit too much about Disney princesses lol, so thank you for writing this story. It's my new guilty pleasure. 

It's not a story to take seriously and that is half the charm.

BTI Penner
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I enjoyed the madcap adventures of Prince, you average high school nerd. I too was a high school nerd that never grew out of it.

The school is an excellent setting for these modern-day fairy tale retellings. I liked how the POVs bounced around from character to character.

The writing style is short and crisp. My only quibble is some of the language didn't quite sound natural. I'm not sure the author is a native English speaker, so it's hard to fault him for it. Not a deal breaker though.