Category: fairy tales

Cinderella: film review

Cinderella: film review

If I’m being completely honest, I was a bit skeptical before I saw Cinderella. The trailer didn’t impress me that much; it was a bit fluffy, a bit too earnest without the depth to sustain some of the lines and the performances. Still, I was hoping it was going to be good; hoping for something better than I expected. And I was not disappointed. The writing was beautiful. A bit formal, a bit lyrical, a few cheesy lines here or there, though overall exactly the way I’d want a fairy tale told. The performers handled the material well. Lily James, perhaps, had something of an advantage after working with the […]

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Fairy Tale Legacy: Beauty and the Beast

Fairy Tale Legacy: Beauty and the Beast

We have this false idea that fairy tales are about weak and passive heroines, damsels in distress. So we are always fighting against a fairy tale legacy that doesn’t exist. How anyone could consider Beauty a passive heroine is beyond me. She’s actually very typical of the second era of Disney films from the 90s (what I think of as the Golden Era of Disney films). Disney released 4 animated films in 5 years (1989 – 1994) full of independent, feisty, bold and interesting heroines. They weren’t the sort of heroine anyone needed to “fix” with a retelling that made her stronger or less of a princess. Belle, in particular, […]

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Fairy Tale Legacy: Cinderella

Fairy Tale Legacy: Cinderella

We have this false idea that fairy tales are about weak and passive heroines, damsels in distress. So we are always fighting against a fairy tale legacy that doesn’t exist. Cinderella may be one of the most retold of the fairy tales in our society. And so rather by default, most often falls victim to the fairy tale legacy. This poor girl trapped in a life of cruelty and hardship until a prince pulls her out of it by making her his wife. And while that is essentially the facts of the plot, I contest the “poor girl trapped” part. Disney’s film is a relatively faithful retelling of the Charles […]

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Fairy Tale Legacy: Sleeping Beauty

Fairy Tale Legacy: Sleeping Beauty

We have this false idea that fairy tales are about weak and passive heroines, damsels in distress. So we are always fighting against a fairy tale legacy that doesn’t exist. Sleeping Beauty has always been one of my favorites. Which is difficult because she is the most passive of the fairy tale heroines. The course of her life is set by that curse. No matter the retelling you choose, there is no escaping it. Whether she grows up in the palace or the woods, despite destroying all the spindles in the kingdom, whether she chose to rebel against the fairies and insist on a life with Phillip or not – […]

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the fairy tale legacy

the fairy tale legacy

While drafting one of my posts for Sci-Fi November I hit upon the fairy tale legacy. It’s something I’ve recognized for a while, you probably have too even before I gave it a term. The fairy tale legacy is what everyone seems to be constantly fighting against – the idea of a princess that needs a hero to save her – the passive heroine – the damsel in distress. Everything most fairy tale retellings are trying so hard not to be. Most people lay the blame of the fairy tale legacy at Disney’s feet. After all, the Grimm Brothers certainly didn’t make their stories all soft and pretty. Disney has […]

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