Why Cinderella Is the Perfect 'Strong Female Protagonist'7:00 AM
Over the weekend, I went to see the new Cinderella movie, with a lot of excitement. It isn't the kind of thing I usually enjoy, yes, but Cinderella has always been one of my favorite fairy tales/princesses, and this looked lovely and sweet and fun.
It was all of those things, and I absolutely loved it.
I really, really did. I loved the colors and the setting and oh, the outfits. I loved the richness and the detail. I loved the whimsy, the touch of magic done so tastefully. I loved the fairy godmother, of course. And oh, I loved that prince, in all his handsome and respectful and charming (of course) glory. The movie was like stepping into a whole new world for an hour or so, and getting totally lost in it.
And most of all, I loved Cinderella herself.
She wasn't some hardcore fighter girl, forcing her way into heroics. She wasn't sharp-tongued or sarcastic. (And believe me, I do love that on occasion.) Cinderella was sweet, she was kind, she was brave. She was everything I want to see in what I would call a strong female character.
Of course, there's a time and a place for our Katniss-type protagonists or characters in general. I don't have a problem with that. But I would like to see more kindness, more sweetness. More making an effort to be good and kind just for the sake of it, even when people don't deserve it. That is the kind of thing I can really root for in any kind of character. And I don't think sweetness and gentleness makes anyone less strong. In fact, it might be the opposite.
|I'm using a lot of gifs just because they're so pretty.|
Say what you like about Cinderella but she certainly wasn't weak. She didn't let herself be pushed around, not at all. She was very respectful in her standing up to people, but very firm - she didn't let people get away with terrible, terrible things, or let them use her. She chose to stay with the stepmother and stepsisters, even though she could have left at any time. She was kind to them when they abused her. She was respectful when the stepmother didn't deserve it. She had her moments of breaking down, and I don't blame her, because her circumstances were horrible - she wasn't sunshine and rainbows and singing the whole time. But when it came down to it, she wasn't going to let them walk all over her. This, I think, is a special kind of bravery, and it's absolutely noble and wonderful.
Why can't we see more of this in our 'strong female characters'? There's nothing weak about it.
I wouldn't mind a little more sweetness. I wouldn't mind more 'girly' female protagonists, who are allowed to be so without it being a weakness. I definitely wouldn't mind girls who make an effort to be kind to everyone, who are just sweet, who are allowed to go to the ball and fall in love with the prince and heck, let him save her every once in a while because everyone needs help. I don't mind at all.
|JUST LOOK AT HOW CUTE THEY ARE. *squee*|
So yes, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I spent the entire time smiling so hard - and yes, I full-on cried several times. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. I thought Cinderella was an amazing role model, and the message of the movie was simple and pure and noble and captured this perfectly.
"Have courage, and be kind."
|That dress, though.|