I found a shabby copy of this book at the library in the early 2000s. The central conceit of the story was that the characters were characters in a stereotypical medieval fantasy book, and they experience people reading this book as being summoned to act out the events of the story.
- The protagonist is a princess in the book, and her "parents" are the king and queen in the book.
- The characters of the in-story book know when their book is being read and what format the book is in. I distinctly recall that a character complains about the book being read on electronic devices because they have to walk "down" as they perform the story.
- The conflict of the novel concerns some kind of corruption to the story; I don't really remember what this corruption was or why exactly it bothered the protagonist. However, the cause of the corruption is discovered by the end.
- The corrupting agent is marked by the color yellow. I don't remember if this was woven into earlier scenes or if it only comes up in the revelatory scene at the end. I recall that revelation as involving the realization that someone is wearing yellow socks.
The book itself was hardcover and I don't know if its condition was due to its popularity or its age. I somewhat recall there being a picture of a girl in a purple gown on the cover.