So having seen the John Carter movie I really wanted to go back and re-read Princess of Mars. I really loved this series when I first read them about ten years ago and couldn't remember very much that happened and decided I had to go back and read
them again. I really did enjoy Princess of Mars lots. Because I'd just seen the film I was spending a lot of time thinking about what was different and what was the same. In the book the war between the humanoid Martians is much less important before the end. I was surprised that Dejah Thoris actually wasn't a fighter as well as scientist and princess and I had remembered her seriously kicking butt. But still she was pretty great. I also loved Sola even more this time around. She was a much stronger character than in the film. I loved that she was the Martian who had experienced love and loss and was more of an actual person than most of the characters in the book. I loved the way that John always knows he's on Mars and never wants to go back. It was very enjoyable to read again.