With the 4th of May coming up—in other words, Star Wars Day—I’ll digress into a mini-review of a George Lucas movie. Although not Star Wars, Strange Magic was really fun, in part because it was filled with sly little references to all kinds of Disney-princess-movie clichés. Finding all these little pokes at the stylized, at times inexplicable, elements in the Disney Princess cult was more fun even than the actual plot of the movie. (Although it was pretty good—still humming, “Love. Love is straaange.”)
So here’s a list of things that recur in every Disney princess movie I’ve seen—some in one movie, some in another--and also in Strange Magic, though perhaps not in quite the same way.
I could go on and on, but that’s some of the highlights. May the Fourth be with you.
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Pleasant Fiction in an Age of Noise
I write stories about human emotions--about the journey of life. Every step of it can be meaningfully great or simply terrible and you can only reach the end after experiencing many kinds of things that make you grow. Emotional travels are the travels of life and the road of living is not one planned out in notebooks or organized in Scrivener. It is felt in love, hope, and fear and developed through an understanding of why humans go through these. And, on top of that, my stories are adventure stories. History, fantasy, and daily modern situations are all adventures as long as you don't know for sure what's going to happen when you wake up each day. Because that would be like repeating the same day over and over again and who wants to do that?
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