This holiday season, little girls all around the world were presented with pink gift boxes filled with costumes and plastic jewelry all designed to fulfill their every wish and dream to be a Princess.
And it’s reinforced with various “Princess” clothing, “Daddy’s little princess” bumper stickers, and more. Raising a girl to be self-confident in herself is one thing; to raise her to believe that being a princess is the end-all goal is another, which is why some people tend to take a negative view of the continual Princess merchandising deluge found in toy aisles everywhere.
Even so, there have been many variations on the classic Disney Princess stereotype over the years, whether it be COSPLAY, PHOTOGRAPHY, or FICTIONALIZED CONTINUATIONS of the classic stories, such as the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by author Anne Rice.
But with all the gender-endoctrination of princess-dom, there can be one way to make the life of a Disney Princess not seem as glamorous as it could be:
Take a look at DISNEY PRINCESS FAN-FICTION that “Anonymous” wrote, entitled SEVEN FOR A SECRET.
In it, they take seven classic Disney Princess tales and put them in a more realistic point of view. Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, Rapunzel, and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty, for those of you not paying attention in class) are all represented – with a real-world look at what their lives would actually be like if they were For-Real people with those For-Real situations.
Rapunzel, for instance, doesn’t swing through the trees or run around her castle stronghold with her magical hair flowing behind her.
No, Rapunzel is weighted down by hundreds of pounds of hair that weigh her down so much that she can barely lift her head at all. Aurora learned why she really was asleep all that time. Belle finds out what being trapped in a castle with a Beast can lead to.
It’s what we would expect Rod Serling would write a Disney Princess-themed episode of The Twilight Zone would read like.
So if you’re sick of all the Princess “happily-ever-after” stuff, you’ll be pleased to know that not all stories have happy endings. Kinda puts things into a bit more perspective if your cute little Princess gets too big a head.
That would make these stories perfect for bedtime reading – just to keep them in check a bit.