Ariel is my favorite Disney Princess. Thus, I find it stupid for some fanbrats from some disney message boards (not this site, just Internet Movie Database and other Disney forums) to bash Ariel all because she is not like the other girls, especially Belle.
Complaint 1: Ariel loved Eric for his looks!
My Defense: Ariel fell in love with Eric because he was a nice guy. Remember the scene where Grimsby presented the statue to Eric to him? Ever wondered why Eric didn't like it? Because the statue made him looked pompous and snobby-which Eric isn't! Even Chris Barnes and my brother said so!
Complaint 2: Ariel wanted to be a human so she could be with ERic!
My Defense: Ariel wanted to be a human way before Eric came into the picture. Remember the musical number, "Part of your World"? She has been collecting human objects because she is interested in the human world. During that song, she expresses how much she wants to be a human. The song took place before she met Eric.
Complaint 3: Ariel gave up her life for a man! Selfish tramp!
My defense: She is not selfish nor a tramp. Yes, she gave up her family for Eric. However, she could still visit her family by the shore. It's not like she moved to a different planet.
Complaint 4: She will be abused by Eric! She should have married Urchin!
My defense: the tv series is not canon to the 1989 film. The tv show made it clear that Ariel and Urchin had a "big sister-little brother" type friendship. Eric is a nice guy; not a mean guy. He will not abuse Ariel. I think that Ariel got to know him by watching him from the ship and got to know better during her first three days on land. Yes, Eric and Ariel will have some quarrels but they still love each other-otherwise they wouldn't bother saving each other from Ursula.
How could you say that Ariel's romance with Eric wasn't anyhing like Beast/Belle's? The Little Mermaid was based on more on family struggles, growing up, and letting go than romance whereas Beauty and the Beast was definitely based on romance, learning to change, and how to judge someone. Besides, Ariel and Eric were following Disney logic of romance.