Saturday, August 30, 2014

And so it begins...

Once upon a time there was a girl who grew up in a house that was....enthusiastic about Disney (to put it mildly). As a result, she loved fantasy and magic and believed in it a little longer than she probably should have. This lead to a fascination with fairy tales in any form- rewritten for the modern day, changing of good and bad, and even the old versions of them- the Grimm Tales. She liked the endings that were so different from her childhood of Disney princesses and also enjoyed the shock factor when she told her friends exactly how these tales ended. When she found out that there was a FYS at her college where she could study her old favorite movies and the tales where they came from she was thrilled and was even more excited when she was placed in it.


Her favorite of all the Fairy Tales (even though it was more Disney than Grimm) was Aladdin. She loved the songs, the animation and especially the genie but it was the princess who truly made it her favorite. Jasmine was the first princess she had seen who didn't marry with someone because they were a prince- she wanted to marry someone she truly cared about and who cared about her. She was also a fantastically strong princess; she is the only princess to have worn pants, flirted with the bad guy to help the good guy, punch a member of the forty thieves (granted that one was in the third movie) and have a pet tiger to send after people she didn't like. The girl wanted to be like Jasmine and have her strength and courage. She also liked how the Aladdin wasn't perfect like it seemed many of the other princes were, he was a normal person and made mistakes like everyone else. And of course, Genie was one of her favorite characters in any movie ever especially with her love of magic.

This story of Aladdin would always be special to her and she knew that it would stay with her for her whole life. And who knows, maybe in this class, this From Grimm to Disney she would find more stories, stories that would stay with her too, but as of now, only time would tell...