In the game of creating-accurate-story-titles-for-your-audience-to-read, you either
Make them laugh or be lame!
The latter is pretty much death on the internet. Just much slower and more painful than loosing your head.
Let’s see, we’ve cover Mulan, Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderalla…
Wait…You. So we meet again.
From the dawn of my existence, your theme song played in the background of my home whenever you saw the opportunity, like your cousins the sirens when they saw new ships with young sailors, to tempt the women in my family to have a ‘girls’ movie night’. I was forced to watch treacherous ill gotten stories which neglected the very fabric of healthy relationships.
It nearly drove me mad. But I survived, persevered even because I knew one day, I shall have my vengeance upon you.
Then, you decided these taunts were not enough to thrill you in our game of TV remotes. You recruited countless radio stations and music stores to promote, sell and replay what only your most loyal of banner-men or..um women, to sing your theme song over and over again. Along with that Titanic song I still believe you were one of its main architects.
I thought patience was the best way to go about my plans, but then you did the unthinkable.
You infiltrated my ‘real book’ of saxophone sheet music.
Tonight, I shall unveil to the world your true tale.
Alright, Beauty and the Beast is one of those classics that will probably haunt humanity until we’re extinct or be a treasured artifact in a post-apocalyptic zombie world where alien archaeologists are trying to figure out what happened.
At the beginning of the film, the narrator tells us of a spoiled and selfish prince who was unkind. Hey, he turned away an old woman during a storm! That’s just extra points on the ‘typical-bad-guy-meter’.
Hmm, selfish, unkind to the poor, appreciates beauty, only apologized when there’s a bigger more powerful fish in the kingdom, you know he’s just an incestuous lineage and headless main character away from being-
But Joffrey being a powerful beast would not be good. Tyrion Lannister won’t be able to protect us.
Anyways, Belle sings how boring her life is and she doesn’t want to marry the village quarterback. Funny thing, in the end she just ends up marrying the ‘changed’ prince and lives happily ever after. What’s the difference between that choice and marrying the quarterback? Both of them had their failings and issues. The only difference is one is rich and a prince!
At least Arya Stark knew she wanted something different and she wasn’t afraid to say what it was. And that’s a princess who knew what she wanted and what to sing about if she broke out into a musical number.
So let’s cut the plotline and get straight to it, she plays hostage trade with the beast. Then, begins a love story of stockholm syndrome.
Firstly, the beast gets pissy and actually orders the servants to let her starve (this sounds like something Joffrey would do). It seems like the time spent not being a human prince with everything didn’t teach him any humility.
If anything, just enraged him.
The enchantress that cursed him is obviously not an accredited psychologist. We need to alert the Enchantress Psychologists Board about malpractice and proper certification of a certain someone. Seriously, if I was an enchantress and wanted to teach him about inner beauty and humility well, there’s a whole bunch of recycled plotlines I could use that would fit better! Make him ugly and a peasant, then he learns his lesson, etc etc etc.
Okay, so the beast starts becoming nice and all lovey dovey with Belle because love changes you! This of course is one the major assumptions about relationships in today’s society. Kiddies, you can’t make people change. You can help them but the whole causality is wrong.
Also, it takes steps. A long process to get a person to change. I’m not saying people can’t change but….
Have any of you watched Gargoyles?
Do you remember what Goliath told Angela, his daughter, about her mother’s actions in season 3 (Generations)? Well, I can’t post a direct link to the speech, but it sums up everything I want to say about changing a person:
“To truly change or redeem oneself is terribly difficult. Some work their entire lives and never manage it. “
I read that in Goliath’s voice….Anyways, Demona didn’t really change even in the face of her own beloved daughter’s pleas.
How can you expect the Prince to change?
This only re-enforces two stereotypes or tropes in romance media, (1) Stockholm = love and (2) your love can change him!
Here’s another issue, the woman is always beautiful. The man can be ugly. If its ever reversed, the woman is actually a flower waiting to bloom and turns out…wait for it…she’s actually beautiful!