8 Thoughts to “Disney Princes – An Analysis”

  1. That’s a neat discussion. {Smile}

    I missed The Little Mermaid, but I was particularly excited to see the Beast get a decent part. I do like a more balanced tale than all eyes on the princess. {Smile}

    I notice someone mentioned Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley as having an untransformed beast. So does The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey. One of them even mentioned being disappointed the Beast changed in Disney’s movie. {Smile}

    I just wish I could find a fairy tale retelling with more mature protagonists. They all seem to be coming of age tales about young princesses who find True Love and young princes who want to Grow Up Now. That’s true even if they feature sex or violence to make them “more mature.” I do like coming of age tales, but I’d like to read about grownups facing problems of their own. {Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

    1. I do like coming of age tales, but I’d like to read about grownups facing problems of their own. {Smile}

      Anne, it must be my age (I turned 30 this year) but I’d like to read books like that, too.

      You know, with protagonists more like me and not those college-aged whipper snappers. 😀

      1. Yes, I know what you mean. I’m having this problem because I’m in my forties, myself. {Smile}

        Have you tried Mercedes Lackey’s Five Hundred Kingdoms and Elemental Masters series? In both series, her protagonists tend to have steady jobs, or get one early in the story. So they’re a little more mature than the kid leaving home in search of a place in the world. {Smile}

        I just wish there were more, and more vairety yet in maturity. {Smile}

        Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  2. Tia Nevitt

    I had a lot of people who expected The Sevenfold Spell to be young-adult friendly because it is a fairy tale retelling, but I do like writing about more mature protagonists. The youngest protagonist I’ve written about is an eighteen year old boy, and his circumstances made him have to grow up fast. It is not really a coming of age tale, though.

    I’m not sure if you’d like The Little Mermaid. Ariel is a very immature protagonist.

    1. I didn’t like the original Little Mermaid because I felt the ending was all wrong. I might like the Disney version when I’m in the mood for a less mature protagonist. I don’t know. I’ll have to see. I can’t check it rightnow, tho; I’m entirely in the wrong mood for that. {Smile}

      Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

      1. Tia Nevitt

        Disney gives her a traditional wedding-bells marriage, except it’s on a wedding ship. I’ll have to look into the original ending of the story.

      2. Tia Nevitt

        Ok, I just read the story. Disney dropped all the Christian aspects of soul and heaven, and changed the ending entirely. And there is no pain when she walks.

        1. Yes, Disney changes stories a lot. They always have. Sometimes they change it for the better. Mary Poppins is nicer in their movie than in the books. Also, I liek that Aurora and her prince have met and like each other before he wakes her up. {Smile}

          Sometimes the changes aren’t so nice. They still change things. Sometimes I think that “do not leave a story the way we found it” must be official company policy. {Amused Smile}

          Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

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