Story Analysis

After reading, The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media written by Bryan Alexander, watching Vonnegut on The Shape of Stories and watching The Machine is Us/ing Us via YouTube, I decided to analyze the story of the Princess Diaries.

One storytelling model mentioned in The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media is the problem – based storytelling. The first part of this model is when a central problem is presented. In Princess Diaries, this is seen when Mia, the main character, is presented with the fact that she is the heir of Genovia. She now is faced with the decision of ruling a country.

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Princess Diaries

The second part of the model is when the character wrestles with the problem. This is seen throughout the movie when Mia is taking princess classes with her Grandma, the Queen of Genovia, dealing with her friendships, handling her new found fame, and facing the loss her father.

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Mia’s Transformation

The last part of the model is the main character resolving their problem. In Mia’s case, the was convinced that she was not princess material throughout the entire movie, but at the very last moment she decided that she would reign as Princess of Genovia.

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Princess of Genovia

From the video, Vonnegut on The Shape of Stories, we can see that the shape that Mia’s story took is an average girl getting exciting news (an actual princess), going through hardship to a lower low than at the beginning of the movie (dealing with responsibility of being a princess, her new found fame, and keeping relationship with friends), and then at the end of the movie rising to an extraordinary high (becoming Princess).

I was not sure if I could do this storyline with it being so old, and it not originally being told through the digital media age because it is old movie. Alexander points out the now with the age of putting old films on digital spaces like Netflix and other popular streaming services, what is considered digital storytelling? He made me think that Princess Diaries falls under this category because it is on Disney Plus for users to consume digitally.