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My problem with "Fairy Secret"

I think I need to write this down because, with the release of a music video and bloopers for this movie, I appear to be the only person who is sitting there, feeling genuinely unimpressed. The result is that I feel almost like a skunk at a garden party. It doesn't help that we've now got a book cover for "Princess Prep School" and it looks like even more of the same.

Why do I feel like this? What's my issue with the newer films? 
VERY opinionated post! Be warned! Collapse )
Alex Whitney: They're acting like...
Lisa Simpson: Kids? 
Alex: Yeah! What is up with that?
Lisa: It's because they ARE kids, and so are we! Come on, Alex! We've got nine, maybe ten years tops, when we can giggle in church, and chew with our mouths open, and go for days without bathing! We'll never have that freedom again! 
- The Simpsons, "Lard of the Dance"

Why'd I start this entry off with that quote? Because it's been one that's been in my head ever since I read this article: 

Before I go any further, I'm aware that this is apparently a false alarm and Disney will carry on making fairytales, but this part of the article genuinely shocked me: 

"By the time they're 5 or 6, they're not interested in being princesses," said Dafna Lemish, chairwoman of the radio and TV department at Southern Illinois University and an expert in the role of media in children's lives. "They're interested in being hot, in being cool. Clearly, they see this is what society values."

Dear God. This didn't horrify me because little girls aren't into princesses - some just aren't, and I admit I was more interested in bugs and Polly Pockets at that age. No. It horrified me because the thought of children that young worrying about that sort of thing is, to me at least, downright sickening.

They're kids, okay? When you're five or six years old, you should not have to worry about being "cool". Heck, I never did when I was that age and my life was a lot happier. Being a kid is probably the only time in your life when you can be yourself and get away with it. Five year olds shouldn't have to worry about being "hot", because no one expects them to. Why? BECAUSE THEY'RE CHILDREN. They'll get enough of this pressure in high school; they don't need it this early in life.

The Simpsons episode I took that quote from was eerily prophetic about this. It dealt with the same sort of thing - children feeling they should act older than they should because it's "cool" - and what happened? They weren't ready for it. Lisa was right; they'll never have that freedom again, so why waste it pretending to be something you're obviously not? Oh, and these characters were around 8 and 10, which is bad enough.

If a small girl isn't into princesses and fairytales, then that's fine; as I said, they aren't for everyone. But the thought that they actually worry about being "hot" or "cool" at an age when they really should be free to like what they like.... well, that's a damn shame.

This entry was inspired, in some way, by this entry on a blog I discovered: http://brooklynstars-forever.blogspot.com/2010/10/barbie-movie-saga.html While I must disagree with the comment about what's "worth seeing" (personally, I don't think pathetic attempts at making magic kingdoms "hip" are worth seeing), it made me think. In fact, while I was writing a comment for this entry, I realised two things: 

1. I'm not into fairies or mermaids
I don't know why it took me this long to figure this one out. After all, I'm not into the Fairytopia series and Thumbelina and Mermaid Tale didn't really interest me. But the next thought was a real eye-opener: 

2. I'm not into princesses either
This will certainly explain why I am not as keen on "12 dancing princesses" as the rest of the fanbase seems to be. I mean, I like it, but it's not in my top 5 or anything. I seem to love the princess movies, but not the princesses themselves. Out of my favourite characters to appear in these movies, only about five of them are Barbie's characters and they are: 
Corinne - is never a princess, only disguises as one (why she's advertised as one, I'll never know) 
Rosella - Is a Princess, but doesn't figure it out until the very end of the movie, leaving her with lots of time to be socially awkward (I can relate to that) 
Clara - Doesn't become royalty until the end of the movie; spends most of it walking around in a nightgown
Erika - Becomes a queen at the end of the movie, but starts it as a pauper
Eden - isn't a princess

So yeah, princesses just don't do it for me. Those four aside, the only royal girls I can really say I like are Courtney, Lacey and Luciana, and that's more to do with the fact that I can relate to them than their crowns.
So, why am I defending princess movies? Well, it's simple; I care about the people; the peasants, the upper-class, maybe even the Royals if they're interesting enough. Peasants interest me more than princesses; maybe that makes me nuts, but that's just the way I am. Secondly, it's the kingdoms themselves. Why? Because they're different. In a world full of so-called "imaginary" places which are as modern as the computer I'm using, they ARE different; but not so different that I can't imagine what it would be like to live there. So when people say "princess movies", I don't think of frilly skirts and tiaras; I think of interesting places and people. That's "worth seeing" to me, and I don't care if I'm the last person on the planet who thinks so.

By the way, I do like the sound of a "So In Style" movie, and I do like the blog in general. If you're into dolls, check it out.

First entry...

Where to start? 

Well, my username is MajorAbbey, I'm from the UK and I have Asperger's Syndrome. That last one I thought I should mention because I have a tendency to take things a bit too seriously on occasions and I can be very defensive about things I like. 

My hobbies are reading (anything) and writing (mostly fanfiction). I like watching the Simpsons, Heroes, and a few other shows I can't remember off the top of my head. Films I like include Chicken Little, Kung Fu Panda and Barbie in the Nutcracker. I'm really into that last one at the moment, especially Major Mint; I absolutely love this character and maybe at some point I'll explain why.