Saturday, February 25
A friend of mine posted the trailer and mentioned that Belle in “Beauty and the Beast” was the first Disney princess who was proactive, a strong girl who went after what she wanted. I hadn’t thought about it that way before, but it makes sense. Consider some of the earlier Disney princesses:
• Snow White – After she ate the poison apple, she hung around in a glass coffin waiting for her Prince to kiss her back to life. And they lived happily ever after.
• Sleeping Beauty – After pricking her finger on the spinning wheel, she slept until her Prince Charming managed to hack his way through the vines and kiss her awake with true love’s kiss. And they lived happily ever after.
• Cinderella – After meeting the Prince at the ball, and running away as the clock struck midnight, she waited around the house until the Prince came looking for her with the glass slipper. And they lived happily ever after.
Belle, on the other hand, wants something more than the provincial life of the small French town she grew up in. She wants adventure. She’s different from the other girls who only want to swoon over the despicable Gaston. She loves to read and learn.
But she also loves her father, and when he is held captive by the Beast in his castle, she offers to take his place. After an argument, Belle runs away and is attacked by wolves. The Beast fights off the wolves and is wounded. Belle could ride away and never think about him again, but she she’s not the kind of person who would leave a wounded man (Beast?) injured in the woods. She has integrity and courage. Belle soon learns to stand up to the bad-tempered Beast, proving she’s no pushover. And love soon follows.
Here's the official trailer of the new "Beauty and the Beast": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXfEc4wG208
Disney princesses changed just as women and society changed. Women were no longer willing to sit around waiting for their Prince Charmings, and the modern Disney princesses began to reflect that.
Just like the Disney princesses changed, so did romance heroines. Today’s romance heroine is no nobody’s baby. She may have issues, but she’s strong (or learns to be strong) and she knows what she wants. Like Belle, she has integrity and courage. And like Belle, she makes things happen rather than waiting for life to happen to her.
Despite what I said about the Disney princesses above, I really don’t have anything against them. Who’s your favorite Disney princess?