The Topic of Grief

I think all of us who have watched a movie about a hero on a quest (or seen a Disney movie, for that matter) have noticed a common theme in those stories. Dead parents. I know, I know, that’s a super morbid thought. Why have I even brought it up?

Evolution of Fairy Tales: Aladdin

Yeah, I don’t really remember how I usually open these things. I guess we’ll just jump right in! Aladdin! The Arabian folktale made famous by Disney’s 1992 animated movie (and the comic genius, Robin Williams, who voiced the genie). The remake came out last weekend and one of my friends asked me to do anContinue reading “Evolution of Fairy Tales: Aladdin”

Myth or Magic: Mermaid’s Miscommunication

We’ve all asked the question: If Ariel knows how to sign her name (as evidenced by the contract she signs for Ursula), then why doesn’t she just write Eric a note explaining who she is and that he needs to kiss her? Well today, to kick off my Myth or Magic series, we’re going toContinue reading “Myth or Magic: Mermaid’s Miscommunication”

Words About Disney Princes

We all have our complaints about Disney’s princes. I mean, two of them don’t even have names. And I know I’m skeptical of the a man who falls in love with a girl he barely knows because she’s pretty and then can’t remember what she looks like. But why is that? Until next time, wordContinue reading “Words About Disney Princes”

Words About Disney Princesses

In which I rant about Disney princesses. Partly inspired by a recent blog post by my friend Amy Green, and partly by my thoughts on Strong Female Characters. What do you think? Share your opinions below. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Until next time, word nerds!

Why the Woods?

I was walking across campus this morning (very carefully, because it’s ridiculously icy today) trying to decide what to write about when a thought struck me. Why do so many fairy tales involve woods? Think about it. Sleeping Beauty was raised in the woods, then her castle was isolated by a forest of thorns. SnowContinue reading “Why the Woods?”