Tag #52: Disney Song Book Tag

The Book Nut is awesome!

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Part of Your World – What book world would you change yourself for so you could be a part of that world? 

 Harry Potter. I like to think that Hermione would be my best friend.



Let It Go – What book did you not want to finish because you loved it so much?

 Wow. This is a hard one! I think it was either The Notebook or Nights in Rodanthe, from Nicholas Sparks.

Beauty and the Beast – What book do you think is/will be timeless? 

Since I already answered Harry Potter, my next answer would be The Hunger Games.

So This is Love – What book were you hesitant to read at first but ended up loving?

Probably Divergent. I was skeptical at first, but I really enjoyed it.

Friend Like Me – Which character would you like to be your best friend?

Hermione Granger.

Reflection – What book really made you think/changed the way you viewed things?

I have to agree with The Book Nut here – Looking for Alaska by John Green. It was assigned reading for my Young Adult Literature class during my last semester of college, and it changed me. I’ve adored Green and his books ever since.

Colors of the Wind – Who do you tag?

I tag anyone!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Tag #27: Disney Princess Sidekicks Book Tag

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I found this adorable book tag on YA and Wine, authored by the amazing Krysti!

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Mushu from Mulan / Olaf & Sven from Frozen

The Comic Relief – Name your favorite hilarious character, or your favorite comedy / funny book.

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Hands down, Ron Weasley from Harry Potter.

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The Seven Dwarfs from Snow White

Favorite Group / Ensemble

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The entire Weasley Family / Clan in Harry Potter.

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Pascal from Tangled

The loyal cheerleader chameleon (Not a frog, Flynn Rider) – Name a book that started out one way, but changed for you.

Uglies

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I remember being immensely skeptical when assigned to read Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld, for my Young Adult Literature class at Longwood in the spring of 2011. But, I ended up really liking it, and appreciating the depth Westerfeld brought to the story. I need to read the other books!

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Meeko from Pocahontas

Pocahontas’s sly and sneaky raccoon friend – Name a plot twist that you did not see coming.

Shutter Island

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Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane. If you haven’t read any of Lehane, do it. He also wrote Mystic River, and Shutter Island is just as creepy and spine-tingling. The movies are excellent, but I love the books! I want to re-read both of them.

 

Rajah from Aladdin / Flounder from The Little Mermaid

Gentle with their princess, but protective with everyone else – Name your favorite best friend in a novel.

Molly Books

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I have a three-way tie here. I love Linda, Susan, and Emily, in the Molly McIntire American Girl book series, all by Valerie Tripp. I identify with all of them, in a way. These were my favorite books for years, and I have them all now.

 

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Louis from The Princess and the Frog / Sebastian from The Little Mermaid / Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and Chip from Beauty and the Beast

The Musical Bunch – Name a novel where music played a big part, or made you want to sing its praises.

Nick and Norah

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Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohen and David Levithan. I absolutely loved this book, and I’ve devoured every book that Cohen & Levithan have written!

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Maximus from Tangled

The Obstacle in Flynn Rider’s Way – Name a character that faces a lot of obstacles.

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Jethro Creighton, the main character in Across Five Aprils, by Irene Hunt. I remember being assigned to read this book in school, and I was deeply moved and affected by it. I’m also planning to re-read this one.

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Hamish, Hubert, and Harris from Brave

Favorite family dynamics in a novel.

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The March girls, from Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. In ninth grade English, we had to pick a book to read, and report on it. Back then, this was a dense book, and difficult for me to read. Now, I recognize it’s a classic, and I love it!

Ray from The Princess and The Frog / The Three Fairies from Sleeping Beauty

The Advice Givers – Book that most impacted your life.

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Let’s see – Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall, even Professor Snape … Shall I go on?

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Hei Hei from Moana

Name a character that steals the show.

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Margo Roth Spiegelman, from Paper Towns, by John Green. I love most all of Green’s books, but something about Margo makes this book my favorite.

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Gus & Jaq from Cinderella

Opposites Attract – Name your favorite or worst opposite attracts pairing.

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Nathan and Lisa, from Letting Go of Lisa, by Lurlene McDaniel.


This was such a fun tag! I love Disney, and the sidekicks have always been some of my favorite characters!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Getting Personal #64: “23 March, 2017 09:10” (Reblogged)

Wow. This photo is just stunning, and I felt I had to share it. Most of their photos instantly take my breath away! According to the tags, it was taken in Luxemborg.

It reminded me of the Beast’s castle in the remake of Beauty and the Beast!

We saw the movie last Saturday, and it was really good. Essentially, it was a shot-for-shot remake of the original 1991 animated film, but the nostalgia was there the whole time. The word “enchanted” comes to mind. I was attempting to sing the songs under my breath!

The cast was great. I was a little concerned with Emma Watson singing, having known her primarily for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films,  but I thought she did a great job.

I want to go see it again!

Have you seen the Beauty and the Beast remake?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

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Commentary #38: “In Defense of Villainesses”

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One of my dearest friends, Michaela Leigh, tagged me, along with 31 other amazing women, in a Facebook post the other day with this article and the following script:

“this one is for all the vibrant and ambitious Outlaw Women, Cowgirls, Gunsmoke Gals, and Femme Sharks in my life. your dreams and accomplishments inspire and delight me. may every day be filled with such unbridled joy that all you can do is throw your head back and laugh.”


Entitled “In Defense of Villianesses,” the author brilliantly starts to describe characteristics of powerful, confident, self-assured women.

Then, she applies those characteristics to Disney villianesses.

Here’s some of the examples she used:

  • Maleficent
  • Cruella de Vil
  • The Queen from Snow White
  • Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove
  • Shego from Kim Possible
  • Ursula from The Little Mermaid

I eagerly started searching the Internet for quotes and images:

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One line stuck out to me instantly:

  • ” … Why is it that I can easily remember the faces and voices of female cartoon villains, but if asked about female cartoon heroes, all I can remember is the clothes?”

Wow.

She’s absolutely right.


And then, towards the end of the piece, she blew me away again:

  • ” …How might you laugh if you’d burned every bridge that needed burning, and there was nothing standing in the way of your ambition? How might you look, if the only person you needed to please with your fashion choices was you? It’s delicious and frightening to think about becoming the type of woman that a Disney illustrator would light from below, surrounded by billowing smoke, with your henchmen cowering in the background and every opportunity spread before you. It’s thrilling to imagine a life where your only fear is mortality, and even that can be negotiated out of the way if you know the right people or brew the right potions. It’s wonderful and terrible to think about having that much power, because as we all know, that much power makes you a villainess. …”

Her writing blew my mind.

I grew up admiring the Disney Princesses, especially Belle. I wanted to live in the Beast’s castle and fawn over that gorgeous, amazing, stunning library.

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As a child, and then transitioning into a woman, I remember fearing these villainesses.

The Queen from Snow White gave me nightmares for a while.

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I pictured Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil for several years.

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Maleficent made me instantly cringe.

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Ursula gave me goosebumps.

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Yzma’s voice sounded like nails on a chalkboard.

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But, in a way, Sarah’s right.

Most of the Disney Princesses are portrayed as brave, heroic, ambitious, and determined.

However, the villainesses also have those characteristics.

And they don’t get the credit they deserve.

Like Sarah, I stand in defense of these villainesses.

I still admire Belle, but I admire her for her love of books.

I hope to have children one day, and because of this, I want to show them both sides of these characters. Yes, these women may be portrayed as villainesses, but they’re not all bad.

In fact, some of their qualities are significantly better than those of the princesses.


What do you think?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Commentary #17: “Disney Princesses As Modern Day Girls Living In The 21st Century”

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I’ve jabbered on, from time to time, how awesome my friend Megan P’s blog, Freckled Italian, is. She’s amazing!

Thanks to one of her more recent “Friday Favorites” posts, I found this link in one of the comments:

I love this concept!

Anoosha’s artwork is fun and colorful. Her descriptions made me laugh so hard! I read it, and re-read it, and read it again.

Usually, that’s a sign for me to write about something.


To be honest, I don’t really have a favorite Disney Princess.

As a child, I dressed up as Snow White and Pocahontas. I loved the plastic Pocahontas jewelry set from Toys R’ Us. One of our dear friends even made me a more historically accurate Pocahontas costume, and I was so sad when I realized that I had outgrown it. (Time to ask Mom if she kept it!)

I keep forgetting that Anastasia wasn’t a Disney Princess, but she is, in my eyes.

Mulan made me want to stand up against bullies.

Jane made me want to see the world and interact with animals.

Tiana furthered my love of history, and wanting to see New Orleans someday.

Merida made me want to learn archery and get back on a horse.

I’ve seen all of the movies, multiple times, although I must confess that I never watched The Little Mermaid all the way through until college.


Out of all of them that Anoosha illustrated (Note: Not all the princesses are featured), I think I most closely associate with Belle.

My mom has a picture of me, at six years old, happily smiling as Belle at Disney World has her hands on my shoulders.

I have dreamed of / longed for / obsessed over having the library that she explores for years – Every single detail.

I love that she’s portrayed as a fangirl, loving books and Doctor Who and fanfiction. It reminds me of the Nerdy, Geeky, and Damn Proud Of It post I wrote last year.


I love this piece. I’ve saved the web link, for future reference. I want to show this to my future children, to show them that life is not all about pink and dresses and castles and fairytales.

These young women are graceful, strong, intelligent, beautiful, adventurous, and kick-ass awesome.

Plus, this is a reminder to myself, as well. I love getting dressed up, putting on makeup, and feeling like a princess – Occasionally.

Anoosha turned the princesses into images that we all can relate to – and I’m over the moon excited about it.

I wonder if these illustrations could be turned into dolls?


Check out more of Anoosha’s work here.


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂