I have a guilty pleasure to confess: Fairy-tales are still my favorite kind of stories. Ever since I was a little girl and my mom’s family introduced me to a red-headed young girl who dreams of life on land and has the voice of an angel. After that, infatuation with this girl living fairy-tale world, and also a princess, set in; everything from the songs to the clothing, or so I am told. Naturally, I have no memory of that. It isn’t just the dashing hero who travels through fire and thorns to bestow a kiss on his love in the only hope of saving her (although that kind of heroics don’t ruin the effect) or the pretty music but the world in which it takes us into that captures us as a viewer. Really it is a lot more than that.
There is a magical quality to the world we journey to, and a glimpse of a world we’ll never know. Today that world is more than just a girl with a pretty face and a guy who arrives in time to rescue her. No, indeed, according to our culture, the girl can disarm the bandits, reject what she knows is the poisoned apple and take back her kingdom all while still managing to look pretty as a picture. Talk about, all in a day’s work, huh?
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Female empowerment is just one taboo pc subject that continues to get attention. So then, the question, if we don’t want to present the woman as the “weaker” sex; why do we still love it when at the end credits, the guy still rescues the girl?
Or most of the time that adage proves true…
Happily-ever-after has been getting a facelift of sorts. It seems like we cannot look at upcoming box office listings without seeing headlines about the next fairy-tale re-telling. It’s a trend that I’m obsessing over. Ten years ago a little movie no one thought anything off appeared on the big-screen. It was The Princess Diaries. It tells from story of the 21st century teen Mia Thermopalis who is not just a social leper but also learns she’s actually a real-life princess. Vaguely do I remember when first I saw it. It was Christmas and my parents had bought it for Liz and I. Since we were celebrating, but it wasn’t Christmas day and my dad was late getting home from work, we watched it. Needless to say, we were about to die with anticipation because we’d been promised that we could watch the movie; and after all, it was about a princess! What more could any young girl wish for?
More recently, I saw Mirror Mirror in which Snow (the princess) is a delicate beauty unafraid of defending herself. In this depiction, writers capture a nearly perfect female (princess) protagonist. She’s pretty, from the inside out, has class, knows how to defend herself. Both Mia and Snow are strong characters albeit very different. Neither one is a bad influence as young women. Any female protagonist today presents as a woman who may not need a man but there’s always love in the end.
Confidant, strong and career is the modern woman today. It isn’t wrong to be independent so long as we learn to accept and ask for help when and if we need it. I actually believe it to be something “good” when young women embrace this. Today’s world almost demands that we, as a modern young lady, be of an independent mind. My upbringing gives me a perspective in which I try (notice the emphasis) to see things as a girl who is not of the world but must survive in it. Being true to ourselves is not always easy.
Adapting in a world that may intimidate or ridicule us because we believe things should happen in the “proper” order (Biblical) or we have a conviction to stay home isn’t an easy decision. But God doesn’t promise us that. Christ sees in us a precious child no matter what we chose, and our Father is the King of Kings. Let’s see Hollywood top that – that’s no fairy-tale.