The Little Prince
|Name:||The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)|
|Creator:||Antoine de Saint-Exupéry|
|Date(s):||1943 (film: 1974, ; tv: 1978)|
|Medium:||book, film, television, and others|
|Country of Origin:||France|
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The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) is an illustrated children's novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, published in 1943. It tells of the meeting of the narrator, a pilot who has crashed in the desert, with an alien boy, the Little Prince of a tiny planet. Other characters, including the fox and the rose, are introduced in the Little Prince's history.
Ostensibly for children, the book has a wide appeal, particularly for the magical realist treatment, the whimsical illustrations and the Little Prince's many naive but profound philosophical observations. It has been widely translated and adapted into numerous other media including a 1974 film and a 1978 anime television series. The book has a small rarelit fandom, which has increased in size with news of a 2015 animated film.
The Little Prince is widely loved but (at least before the release of the 2015 film) has inspired relatively little creative activity. Quotations from the novella are sometimes used as a source of inspiration for example in challenges. Fanfiction exists in several languages including English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian, and predominantly dates from after the announcement of the latest film in 2010. Stories have appeared at Yuletide. Many of the works at Archive of Our Own are crossovers or fusions with larger fandoms including Sherlock, Doctor Who and many others.
Fanart is fairly popular, with both watercolours imitating the style of de Saint-Exupéry's original illustrations and works in anime style.
- Aprés La Rose by stellar_dust. The earliest piece of fanfiction archived on AO3 and one of the few to pre-date the new film's announcement. Crossover with Doctor Who drawing on the rose & Rose Tyler. Inspired by 'J'avais une fois une rose' by ErinPtah (2008)
- Another Chance by cnoocy. The pilot meets the fox; draws on speculation about de Saint-Exupéry's disappearance. Written for The Exchange at Fic Corner (2013)
- In the Shadow of the Baobabs by kattahj. Sequel written for Yuletide (2015)
- J'avais une fois une rose by ErinPtah. Crossover with Doctor Who; inspired 'Aprés La Rose' by stellar_dust. Watercolour in the style of the original illustrations (2008)
- If you come at four o'clock in the afternoon, then at three o'clock I shall begin to be happy by Mohanad05. Prince & fox; blend of Saint-Exupéry & anime style (2011)
- Prince smelling rose by overdoor. Anime style by a prolific Little Prince artist (2012)