Growing up, I hardly read / listened to fairy tales. With what little knowledge I had of them, I can surely say that I didn’t miss knowing them!
With the arrival of the two angels in my life, I was subjected to all sort of Disney movies and princesses tales.
The two favorite tales of my kids that had million versions, couple of versions of which are still under production, are Cindrella and The beauty and the beast. I am bored to tears, everytime I watch those make-believe tales.
Now, if given a chance, I would definitely want to change the fate of the protagonists or atleast want their character arc to be more distinct.
1. Cindrella, who was full of passion and compassion, had to wait for her Prince Charming to change her fate. I would want her to be more upbeat and courageous when dealing with her step mom- sisters fiasco. ‘Why wait for someone to magically appear and save you?’
I would want her to take control of her life and then fall in love; let love not be her only way to set herself free. Atleast it wouldn’t give the young girls, the notion that someone is waiting for them in the wings.
2. The beauty and the beast: The lovely Belle is shown as kind and brave. Though she detested the beast initially, she started giving him more of her time, trying to change him with her devotion and kindness. The beast finally breaks off his curse and turns into a charming Prince. Doesn’t it ring a wrong bell?
Not all beasts are cursed Prince in hiding. I have seen young girls trying to change men with not-so-desirable qualities, even though they are well aware of those men’s wayward and stalker ways.
Also I have seen people hurting someone very badly and yet, want that someone to forget it, as soon as they say ‘Sorry’. The worst part is that they repeat the same deed without any remorse. People can’t be changed until they want to be changed themselves. Period.
So, I don’t want Belle to wait around, get herself subjected to the irritation of the beast and his hurtful words, again and again. That the beast is frustrated, doesn’t make his action less hurtful.
This post is written for The Saturday Symphony #16
Ever wanted to change the fate of one of your favourite fairytale characters?
This week share with us,
In which tale?
And how you’d change their fate.