In the third original Barbie movie, we meet the charming and beautiful Odette, (Kelly Sheridan) who bites off a little more than she can chew while trying to rescue a unicorn. The unicorn leads her into the magical hidden valley ruled by the Fairy Queen, (Kathleen Barr) who was overthrown by her treacherous cousin Rothbart. (Kelsey Grammer) Rothbart has turned all the Fairy Queen’s faithful servants into animals who can return to their original forms from sunset to dawn each night, a fate he also places on Odette, changing her into a swan, when it is found that she can touch a magic crystal that can destroy Rothbart’s magic. Odette then meets Daniel, (Mark Hildreth) the gallant prince of the kingdom she lives in, and finds out that only true love can give the crystal it’s power. Of course, Daniel and Odette have the true love that can supe up the gem to it’s full power, and Rothbart can’t have that!
In Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, we meet Sarah, (Jennifer Connelly) a young teen who would like nothing more than to live in a fairy tale, believing that her father and stepmother make her do awful things like babysit and interrupt her playtime. (They are in fact very reasonable in their requests.) When Sarah makes a foolish wish to have her baby stepbrother taken by the goblins, the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie) steps in to deliver. Sarah regrets her choice and has to run the treacherous Labyrinth to rescue the baby and learn to grow up.
Like the heroes and couples I've written about previously, many heroines inspired me. Some of them will be obvious, but some will not. There are no one-to-one comparisons here, each girl is heroic in her own way, but not the same as any man. I admire girls in media who are more than pretty faces, I admire their kindness, their compassion, their skill or their intelligence more than anything else. You may find that they are all fighters... but not all in the same way.
15: Princess Ariel of Atlantica, from Disney's The Little Mermaid.
I was three, OK? For a long time I admired Ariel for her take no crap (not even from her father) attitude. I wanted to be her... well, be a mermaid anyway! But as I got older, I turned away from Ariel as a role model and turned to a more appropriate princess. The less said about this brat the better really. Sorry, Ariel Fans...
Anyone who has paid attention to Newbery Medal or Honor winning children’s books will know that most of them deal with a preteen, the preteen’s friends and family, most likely poverty and/or disease and most definitely an animal. Most of them also deal with the death or loss of one of those things, the main character, friend, family,or animal. Not this one. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin is a fantasy feast of wonder and joy, filled with sumptuous full color and monochromatic pictures like old fashioned fairy tale books.
In Light A Way, the player adopts the persona of a young girl (you get to choose her name. I named her Celestine) who has been given a magical staff by the fey. With this staff she is to vanquish the wicked Umbras, creatures made of darkness who have imprisoned the fey and put out the sun. But a little girl can’t do it alone! Three fairies, born from the lights of Courage, Love, and Hope in the heart of our heroine arrive to help her. Along her way, the Girl gatherers allies like the Lumi Lantern and her Lumis, the Merchant Fey, and Turtie the Light Turtle on her way to the Shrine of Feys to set her world free from the curse of darkness.
Sailor Moon Crystal chronicles the adventures of the Sailor Guardians, Usagi (Sailor Moon/Princess Serenity), Ami (Sailor Mercury), Rei (Sailor Mars), Makoto (Sailor Jupiter), and Minako (Sailor Venus, no, I don’t know why she’s last when Venus is the second planet from the sun) in their fight to protect earth and the moon. They are joined by Mamoru (Tuxedo Mask), Usagi’s future boyfriend, and together the team faces The Dark Kingdom who want to rule over both the earth and the once inhabited moon. Are you confused yet? It gets better.
I know, I know, my previous lists are "Writing Wednesday", so why the change? Well, because this one is more media commentary. I've noticed my favorite heroes and stories getting shredded for the most inane reasons by feminists, most recently from actors like Kristin Bell and Keiara Knightly. Primarily because of the way women are treated, subjects of consent and empowerment, so I understand. Don't get me wrong, consent matters, but innocent kisses and coming to the ladies' rescues don't seem that bad to me. It almost seems like feminists would prefer abusive behavior over gentleness and sweetness.
The latest victims are Princes in the Disney Princess films. Their crime? Snow White's Prince (his name's Florian) and Prince Philip kissing their unconscious sweethearts and Cinderella's Prince's crime of wanting to rescue her from her abusive step-family. Okay... yeah, I can see why this would be a problem (!) Many of these same people then praise couples like Harley Quinn and the Joker or Christian Grey and Ana from "50 Shades of Grey" for their progressive ideas. You call this progress?!
And this is Mild compared to some other incidents in the animated cartoons and comics. Harley has been thrown from windows, forced to hide her own child from the Joker, and has other, more horrible things happen to her. "Suicide Squad" shows a Joker committed to Harley's rescue, but my question is "why?" Joker always has an ace up his sleeve, does this Joker really love Harley? But the actions of one version of the Joker doesn't undo years of Joker abusing Harley.
Here's a hot tip: DON'T go for a guy who pushes you around and makes you feel bad about yourself. Go for a guy who treats you like this:
And makes you feel like this:
Don't settle for Joker when you could find a Thor, a Ten, a Howl, a Bog King, or an Aragorn. Wait until you find a man who will treat you like the lady-princess you are.
Enough of T.K.'s free advice corner, on to the list!
Today, dear readers I have a very special treat: An interview with an author! I recently became friends with a young lady named Kendra Ardnek who, like myself, loves fairy tale and fantasy. She and I connected through a Facebook group called "The Arista's Band of Fairy Tale Retellers", a group I joined because of our similar aims: to use our talents and love of fairy tales for God's Glory.
So, I would like to bring you a special feature on her newest novel "The Worth of a King."
Welcome to another list! On this list you'll find the heroes that have influenced my writing the most, from the earliest days of my (remembered) childhood, to my teen and adult years. You'll also find more book heroes than what was on my "15 Villains" list and more ties for characters who are linked in my head. I chalk that up to being a visual learner. Anyway, let's get this show on the road with number 15!
15: Sir Small from Sir Small and the Dragonfly by Jane O'Connor
"Sir Small and the Dragonfly" is an easy reader that my mom bought for me when I was learning to read, when I was maybe 5. I can't count how many times I read the story of a tiny knight and his valiant battle with the dragonfly. A loose retelling of St. George and the Dragon from the Faerie Queene, this book captured my interest, for a reason I couldn't understand at the time. Having lost my original copy in a house fire, I found a shiny new replacement in a Borders and of course, $5.99 was a small price to pay for childhood memories regained! I also collect picture books and fairy tales, so it fit right in.
Growing up, video games were not a thing at my house. We had some CD-ROM games of the educational type, like Carmen Sandiego, but that was all. When I was a kid if we wanted to play games, we broke out board games. We had lots of classic games at our house, and could spend a good deal of time playing them, and many of them you can still get to this day! Let's look at a few favorites.
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