27 May 2012

CBS Sunday Morning Talks Snow White and the New Breed of Fairytale Princesses


"Fairy tale princesses have come a long way, baby, and it's nowhere more obvious than in "Snow White & the Huntsman."
This morning CBS Sunday Morning did an excellent 3:33 piece on Snow White and the Huntsman.
"A friend recently showed her daughter the wonderful mock fairy tale "The Princess Bride," from 1987, and the little girl was horrified when the hero and heroine were attacked by a giant rat. It's not that it was violent. It's that the princess didn't pick up a sword. What's the matter with her? Does she expect to be, like, RESCUED?"
Good right? Click here to read and watch David Edelstein's "Snow White No Disney Fairy Tale". It's a short, clever, and interesting commentary, comparison, and review.

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  1. I watched this too! I thought it was interesting that they were talking about strong girls like this was a new thing because in the book world (especially YA), we've been seeing strong female protagonists for awhile. But I'm really glad Hollywood is taking the chance to make movies that center on strong women. Can't wait to see Brave (Pixar) this summer!

    I wasn't that interested to see Snow White and the Huntsman, but after this segment I'm going to make a point to see it.

    Lauren @ Hughes Reviews

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    1. True! Well you know... us readers are always ahead of the curve since the books are always first. ;)

      So you're right it's more new to Hollywood.

      I'm sooo excited to see the movie. Even Mr. Whimsy wants to see it with me. He wasn't feeling the softer Mirror Mirror but this one has him interest and pumped too.

      Brave looks adorable! :)
      I also love that she has curly hair.
      Speaking as a curly haired girl, not enough movie heroines have curly hair if you ask me.

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  2. Juju I cannot WAIT to see this version of Snow White! Ever since I saw this first clip several months ago, I've been on the edge of my seat dying to see it! I love the storyline and how empowering it appears to be toward women and girls! Thanks for the link and I'm off to check it out now!

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    1. Right? Me too!
      The special effects look awesome too.

      And yes I totally agree.
      I can't wait to share fairy tales with my little girl.
      I also can't wait to emphasize that she too should pick up the sword and fight too.
      Like the tough queen in Willow.

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  3. I love it! Finally a princess that can kick some ass! I cannot wait to see it. One of my favorite books is Princess Smartypants. Hopefully this generation of girls will continue to fight for what they want out of life. Girl power!

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    1. I can't wait either :)

      I haven't read that one. I gotta check it out.

      Amen. I want my daughter to know you can have your prince and a backbone too :)

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  4. LOL!!! That comment is hilarious! It's so true though. Maybe my feminist colors are showing, but I love it when a girl can hold her own and isn't always the damsel in distress!

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    1. Right? :) Don't just sit there while a rat tries to eat your man, fight chica fight! :)

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  5. i was going to skip this because of stewart but i think i'm going to see it anyway because of the awesome battle scenes. and, yes, i love that princesses these days kick ass and are not a damsels in distress.

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    1. Right on! ;)

      Those battle scenes are definitely getting Mr. Whimsy pumped.

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  6. Ironic... my post a while back talks of nearly this same thing. =) Guess with all those fairy-tales, there is a lot of that going around. LOL!

    I CANNOT wait to see this film - so wanting to see it on the big-screen and not the little one. ;D

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    1. Yah definitely. Good point. All the recent remakes are really bringing that to light.

      Me too. We don't see many movies on the big screen, but this one appears to be a must. I see a date night in my near future.

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  7. Thanks for sharing that video. I just watched it and loved it!

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  8. So interesting! I really want to see this movie :)

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  9. Actually when I was young I expected the princess to be rescued. It was only when I got a whole lot older that I changed to the princess being the heroine and rescue the world. So to me that shift in perspective is a growth process. So maybe the young ones now have a more mature outlook? By the way, how old was the daughter?

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    1. Good point.

      :)

      Age definitely comes into it.

      Good question about the age of the girl. I don't think he ever mentions her age.

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  10. I really want to see this movie! And I too love that more and more movies are beginning to showcase strong female protagonists. The fact that these fairytales are being retold to make the female less damsel in distress and more kick-ass, just makes me smile.

    The re-telling of Cinderella in the movie Ever After I thought was brilliant. Because Danielle was a headstrong and honorable girl who did not require a prince to rescue her and who rescued the Prince! And she STILL won his love! Strong girls are everywhere and I love that little girls are getting exposed to such strong female characters lately!

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    1. Me too! It makes me smile and I love that one day I'll be able to share all these different versions with my little girl.

      Yes! What a good point about Ever After. I had totally forgotten about her but you're right. A perfect example of a girl who gets her happy ending by taking matters into her own hands.

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  11. Cute! I can't wait to see this movie. I've seen the trailers in movie theaters and I am convinced that I want to see this one nowhere but at the movies.

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    1. Agreed :) I was just telling Rissi, We don't see many movies on the big screen, but I see a date night in my near future for this one.

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  12. I really want to see this movie!!!

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  13. I am intrigued! We need way more of this kind of thing for our next generation of girls! We need a woman president and it's out generation of women that's going to raise the girl that will be the first. It's an exciting time to be a girl!

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    1. You're so right! It is an exciting time to be a girl :)

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  14. I'm excited to see this movie! But I'm kind of equally excited to see what other people think of it, especially in regards to Kristen Stewart.

    I'd still say that in both books and movies, strong female characters are the exception, not the norm.

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    1. I know what you mean. Me too :) I like her but many folks don't.

      And yes you have a point. It's becoming more prevalent but it's definitely not the norm.

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  15. Hahahah LOVE IT! I think Buttercup definitely should have picked up a sword and taken on that rodent of unusual size all on her own:) Poor Wesley. I can't wait to see this movie, so excited!

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    1. Yes! Me too! "Chica don't just stand there! Stand up for your man!"

      Poor Wes indeed ;)

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  16. Can't wait for this movie! I love Kristen Stewart and I think she is gonna kick ass as snow white! and now I must go watch The Princess Bride, it's been awhile :)

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  17. I LOVE that quote about The Princess Bride!!! I watched it for the first time a couple of months ago, and didn't like it. I complained to my husband about that very scene(and the one where Westley raises his hand to slap Buttercup...not cool!) I'm all for the "damsel-in-distress" but she's got to have a backbone! ;)

    I can't wait to watch this Snow White movie, though!

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    1. Ha! Ironic.
      Oooo and the almost-slap-thing you're so right. Not cool.

      Yes! That's how I feel. It's ok to want and wait for your prince but have a spine chica :)

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  18. Another one that I have to read so that I can see the movie. I started a post on this, but haven't yet completed it. I was hoping to squeeze the book into the schedule first. I saw the trailer at the theater and it looks pretty incredible. Thank you for including the link to the comparison review. I will have to check that out as well.

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    1. You've been reading Snow? *high five* You go girl! I should do that.

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  19. I didn't realize this one was out! I am not sure if I'm going to see it or not. Not sure if I like KS as anything but Bella, you know? I love that quote about The Princess Bride! I love that movie! "Marriage! Marriage is what brings us together today..."

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  20. Can't wait to see this movie! It looks so fun and deliciously creepy. :)

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  21. this sounds like a great clip! thanks for bringing it to our attention. and i can't wait to see this movie. it looks so good.

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  22. Oh wow, that is hilarious about the little girl seeing The Princess Bride. I'm glad some fairy tales have changed for kids today. The girls really shouldn't be the typical damsel in distress anymore. Thanks for sharing.

    -lauren

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  23. I REALLY, REALLY want to see this one. :)

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  24. My daughter and I are planning on seeing this movie as soon as it comes out!

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    1. Yay! Fun fun! Remind me how old is your daughter? :)

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  25. LOL I love that she was shocked by the damsel in distress. Thanks for sharing! I hope you are having better luck with word press. I know your comments always make my day.

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    1. Awww thanks pumpkin. Things have definitely been going better :) Thanks for checking and your sweet words.

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  26. I for one like the round of fairytale redos going around. For the most part, they're not aiming to change the original story, but expand on the lesser known areas of them....those areas that might have been glossed over, you know? TOO FUNNY on the little girls reaction...they have come a long way haven't they? But still, who wouldn't like to be rescued sometimes, right? ^_^

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    1. Me too!
      Great point and we have come along way! :)

      I definitely want to be rescued.
      But I'll be defending myself and my prince :) especially if he gets jumped by a giant critter.

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  27. I love Princess Bride but I also love the fiercer heroines that are being introduced in fairy tale re-tellings. Mirror Mirror is a maybe for me but I definitely want to watch SWATH.

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  28. This is fantastic! This means that by the time I have my baby girl, she will come out swinging. LOL

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  29. This is great! I love that the fairy tales are becoming more like they were originally intended - pretty gruesome stories. And it worries me that there is a whole generation of children in between my generation and my son's that will not agree with that girl - they are all obsessed with the Disney princesses. I have a friend who's writing a thesis on those Disney tales, actually - I need to give her this link! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. You've got a point about them being more gritty. :)
      They were definitely originally intended that way.

      I don't mind Disney tales but I would definitely encourage the parts where the girl fights back a bit more (like Mulan).

      :)

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  30. I love this! Yay for strong girls! Can't wait to see it! Xox <3 hautepinkpretty.com

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  31. Nice article! I'm all for strong girls too. I'd like to see the movie, but I'm not a big Kristin Stewart fan. She has the same sullen look in every movie...it's even on the poster! lol Love Theron though!!!

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    1. Ha! ;) I like her but I know what you mean about that sullen look. She's sort of like the female Keanu Reeves (another actor I like but who doesn't have a great range).

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  32. LOVE IT. I always hated fairy tales because I wasn't the type of girl who needed rescuing. If anything, I would be the one rescuing the man.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
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    1. Right on :) Jade reminded me that in the movie Ever After she saves him. Have you ever seen that one? :)

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  33. This is great. Way to go, 21st century girls!

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  34. This quote totally made my day. Best thing ever. Reminds me that we've come a long way, baby! I hope to instill this same attitude in my girls. Thanks Juju!

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  35. I'm not sure I want to see this one. I went to the one with Julia Roberts (Mirror, Mirror) and totally loved it. Snow White didn't sit on her duff in that movie either. This one looks a little dark to me.

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    1. I heard she had courage in Mirror Mirror too.
      I think I'm going to watch both this summer and compare them.
      And you're right, this one does seem dark.

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  36. I reallllly, reallllly want to see this movie! Looks so good and ass kicking.

    It's nice to meet you too! Thanks for your comment- I love your blog and I am a regular visitor! :-)

    Anna x

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  37. Planning to see this movie tomorrow. I've been obsessed with the trailer for ages. Its visually stunning and I love strong female characters (Snow and Queen Ravenna)

    and I loved what the little girl said, "What's the matter with her? Does she expect to be, like, RESCUED?" haha. Think it's awesome that princesses are totally bad-ass now, woohoo :)

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    1. Wahoo!
      Have fun!
      Let me know how it goes.

      Agreed :)

      And don't you love the name Ravenna?

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    2. The movie was SO good. I saw it yesterday and it was better than I expected. I loved it.

      And yes, Ravenna is an awesome name!

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    3. Oh yay! I'm so glad to hear that. Thanks for stopping by and telling me. :) I'm hoping to go this week.

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  38. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to watch this movie. Not sure I can handle the Kristen Stewart-ness of it all. I have really enjoyed watching the TV show ONCE UPON A TIME this year, though. Do you watch it?

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    1. LOL ;)
      Awwww
      I did watch that one.
      But I must confess I still haven't watched the ending yet.

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  39. I do love that princess stories have come so far! We are now "self-rescuing" while standing up for what is right. I can't wait for Brave! That one is going to be great.

    That being said--I love The Princess Bride *sigh*! It is one of my favorite all time movies :)

    I saw Snow White and The Huntsman this weekend---so much potential but I was disappointed :(

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    1. Me too :)

      And you're right TPR is fantastic.
      A classic.
      We quote it quite a bit in my house.

      Disappointed? You don't say! :) If you don't mind my asking, why? :)

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    2. Sorry it took me all week to get back here *sigh*

      I was disappointed for several reasons:

      1) The beginning of the movie was so strong in explaining how Snow White and the Queen met and became enemies. I thought it was visually stunning and emotional. So when they flash forward to older Snow I was excited but she didn't have the spunk I expected.
      2) Zero chemistry between any of the leads. In fact, I thought the strongest chemistry in the movie was between the dwarfs with their friendships. They had the best parts of the movie.
      3) K. Stew should not give a "I am Spartacus" "Braveheart" "Robin Hood--Kevin Costner" "Independence Day" speech EVER again. I wouldn't have followed her to the drinking fountain if I was thirsty. She just isn't a strong enough actress for that.

      What I did like:

      The Dwarfs were the best! They needed to be in the story a bit more.

      The costumes were amazing.

      The scenery was beyond beautiful.

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    3. 1. Ok that totally makes sense. Lacking spunk? Noted :)
      2. No chemistry? Interesting. That would blow. Also noted :)
      3. LOL " I wouldn't have followed her to the drinking fountain if I was thirsty." LOL You crack me up. It does take a certain sort of person to gather followers and lead people.
      4. I can't wait to meet/see these dwarfs. And I adore costumes.
      5. How was the music/score?

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  40. No sense in waiting for a rescue ... good, brave, noble princes are hard to find. :)

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    1. Nice to see you btw darlin' :)

      LOVE your avatar pic!

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    2. Thanks...we're in transition and waiting for a new blog design. I know you're a busy gal, but stop by anytime. We enjoy good company :)

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    3. A new design? Awesome. Who's doing it for you? :)

      I will come by and say hi.

      You still with the same crew or has that changed?

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  41. Hi, first off I love your blog!! My husband took me last Saturday night to the drive to see the movie, I kept thinking this has to be one of those pretty/dark movies and I couldn't see the pretty. It was a great movie and I can't wait to see it a little more up close. Thank you for sharing☺

    Shannon
    http://whimsical-inspiration.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Shannon! Welcome :) And thank you.

      How funny that you say that 'cause my husband and I were just talking about going to see it at the drive in this coming weekend. :)

      I'm off to check out your blog.
      Thanks so much for popping by.

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  42. I think hubby and I are going to see this next weekend.... It looks good to me. :)

    The book club girls are going to go see "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" Friday night... Looking forward to that!

    ~Liz

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    1. Oh good! Let me know what you think. :)

      When I first heard of TBEMH I wasn't interested but the more I think about it the more I'm reconsidering. Please let me know what you think of that one too. :)

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  43. Awesome! Buttercup always drove me nuts how she just flops around and screams, although I adore TPB it's great to see new breeds of princesses. I'm excited to watch Snow White - have you seen the series Once Upon a Time? I'm addicted, and the retellings of the classic fairy tales make all the female characters very strong.

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    1. *laugh* Right?

      I looooove the Once Upon a Time series.
      I like how Snow and Charming both fought for each other.

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  44. I love the new kick-butt women in fairy tales, but I do kinda miss the cringing damsel sometimes. I can relate with her! I'm not exactly a sword-wielding maven myself :P

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    1. Do you really? :)
      That's very cool. I respect your honesty.
      And you're right, not all gals are the sword-wielding type.
      :)

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    2. I do :) I definitely love kick butt girls, but sometimes it's hard to swallow and relate with the idea that a tiny girl with zero training can somehow pummel a grown man (I know I couldn't!). Unless she has super powers like Buffy :P

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    3. True true!
      Some girls seem to be made for it.
      They're either super brave or have height.
      Other girls just don't.
      So you bring up excellent points darling.
      :)

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    4. Haha, well, I certainly don't have height! :)

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    5. Awwww now I'm curious, how tall are you?

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  45. I like that fairy tales are going into a different direction. I've heard the original tales were quite gruesome and were cleaned up over the years, but not sure if that's true or not. Thanks for the video scoop!

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    1. I've heard that too.
      I think I need to put some time into reading the classics.

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  46. First of all...saw this while we were in New York and loved it! (Minus KStew, she was just too KStew if you know what I mean.) The special effects, music and the evil Queen were fantastic!

    Honestly I do remember thinking that of Buttercup as a child. I wanted her to fight, at least weakly. That being said, I think there's something missing when the heroine is too strong. Maybe that sounds bad, but even in this retelling of Snow White she never really connected or fell in love and it left me feeling like something was missing. It had me wondering what was so different about Snow White from the evil Queen because they both seem to lack a need for men to rule with them. "With" being the word I tend to focus on. There needs to be more balance I think. I like (I am) a girl who can stand on her own two feet and defend herself when needed, but what's wrong with sharing the load with the one you love? You know?

    Sorry for the long ranty-like post, I'm seriously just typing outloud. ;o)

    Great thought provoking post as always! xo

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    1. Oooo I know what you mean.
      Like where is her softness or tenderness?
      (still haven't seen the movie yet btw)
      I agree completely!
      I'm the same way.
      In that respect, I really like Snow White from Once Upon a Time.
      She loves her Prince Charming and fights for him, but they have a mutual love and respect for one another and want to be together and rule together.
      GREAT point.
      Totally not ranty at all!
      :)
      Thank you for pointing that out.

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    2. I ADORE Once Upon A Time! I hadn't made the connection, but the Snow White in it is definitely more of what I'm looking for. Even though it's a fantasy based show it's more realistic in terms of relationships and heroines. Love that show!

      You SO need to see Snow White and the Huntsman! You'll really enjoy it I think, but I totally understand the delay...little ones definitely cut down on the number of movies you get out and see. ;o)

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    3. You're right it is way more realistic. :) I love it too.

      I do need to see it.
      We were suppose to go the last time my in laws baby sat but they showed up too late for the movie. Boo!
      I'm hoping soon (we're heading off to see my mother soon).
      I'll let you know when I see it.

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