The Little Prince

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Name: The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)
Creator: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Date(s): 1943 (film: 1974, [2015]; 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.

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