Valentine’s Day Confession

As many of you know, Disney has my heart. It’s the kind of love that can withstand many missteps (like tarting up Merida for her princess unveiling, waiting way too long to give us diverse princesses, and making a meeting with the Frozen girls at Disneyworld a logistical nightmare for any parent). For quite a…

Losing it

I’ve been thinking about loss and fairy tales lately. It’s the prologue to most stories, shaping the hero’s or heroine’s current misfortune. Be they motherless, fatherless, or orphans loss is the beginning of a story in fairy tales. Disney has made this fact into a cliché. It’s been joked that Frozen didn’t become a true…

Sympathy for the Devil?

There's a new school of thought roaming the halls for fiction. I've referred to it in the past as revisionist fairy tale history. The stories handed down through the generations are very clearly morality tales all with the same basic message--being good is better than being bad. There are myriad ways to put that, but…

The Danger

All endeavors have their pitfalls. Lawyers can become too jaded. Doctors--to robotic. Policymakers--to self-interested. And it doesn't stop at professions. A mountain climber will tackle an even taller mountain because she hasn't found one that has beaten her--yet. Surfers are always searching for that big wave and there's a moment between doubt and sheer terror…

The Hidden Minority

I have to say that I am encouraged by the current push of contemporary fairy tales. They give women a voice and often make them front and center as heroes in their own stories. The LGBT community finally has a glimmer of hope in seeing protagonists that have the same thoughts and feelings as they…

The Looney Tunes-Fairy Tale Conundrum

What do Bugs Bunny and fairy tales have in common? There’s no punch line, although I’ll give points to anyone who can think of one. Besides the obvious--animals and humans talking to each other without flinching--there is an answer. But first, some background. I’ve been toying with the idea of allowing my daughter to watch…