I have never particularly cared for affluent men and I have never been a woman who dreamed of a Pretty Woman scenario or some such. Is that just it or is there something else that could draw me to the princes from BMP? I'm curious about the appeal of the game outside of my preconceived ideas and want to ask, but not enough to pay for it without some understanding of what I'm getting into.
I can honestly say that Be My Princess is in no way, shape or form, a Pretty Woman story or even a Cinderella story for that matter. The MC is not a poor, lower-class, destitute girl from the wrong side of the tracks who dreams of a Prince Charming to come and whisk her away to his castle in the sky. On the contrary, the MC is a hard-working girl with goals and dreams of her own, who by coincidence happens upon six very different princes, many of them not very charming at all initially lol.
What I find so intriguing about BMP is that the princes are depicted as very human men trying to live under the heavy weights of the crowns placed upon their heads. They are not perfect people – not even the sweet and flowery Prince Edward (though he’s close lol). Each has his flaws, foibles, fears, hopes, and dreams. The conflict for the MC in each route is experiencing the reality of what happens when you fall in love with someone who has immense responsibilities as a world leader. Everyday relationships aren’t easy, but how much harder is it when the man you love can’t freely roam the streets without being mobbed? Who is stuck in meetings with government officials all day, working through the late hours of the night? Who rarely gets a day off and who you may only initially get to see every few weeks? Who’s never experienced everyday things like grocery shopping or picnics? Or who isn’t really free to love the person he wants because his future spouse must be approved by political committee? And knowing your life will change completely if you can and do marry him?
It’s these types of challenges that made BMP a favorite of mine, because it’s about falling love with someone and not letting anything get in the way of that. Not Kings, Queens, Parliament, rules, or public opinion. It’s about loving a man who has everything but nothing without you, and loving him against all possible odds.
It really is a very layered and multifaceted game, one of Voltage’s best IMO. I don’t think you will be disappointed!
PS - BUTLERS