It's weird to think I've been on Fanpop for almost a whole year. In some ways, that seems like a really short amount of time considering how much at home I feel in this club. In other ways it feels like a really long time, since so much has happened since joining Fanpop. When I look back on how I was when I first joined Fanpop, I cringe a little inside. My opinions have changed so much since then, I think it's high time I rewrite my list. So here it goes! Enjoy.
Previous Position: 10
Belle of course hasn't moved at all. While I don't completely hate her any more, I don't really like
her that much compared to other girls. I appreciate her a lot more now, and I understand her appeal. But Club Belle will continue to amuse me because while other people think she's a kind, perfect, angel, I'll always see her as the slightly snobby bookworm with no respect for other people's personal space. I also like Belle's sense of humor, which people usually ignore. She's got this really subtle sense of snark that I really relate too. Actually, I relate to her in a lot of ways. I understand her longing for adventure, her air of discontent with normal life, her love of fantasy, and her general attitude concerning life. Considering the fact she's probably the princess I relate to the most, it is really weird she's so low on my list. Maybe she'll have moved up by next time.
Previous Position: 2
Whoa, what a drop. I think a couple months ago, when I wrote my first line-up, I was infatuated with all the things Mulan does rather than her actually character. After I got out of that haze of respect and admiration, I realized there wasn't really anything I liked
her character. I didn't dislike her, we were just at a painful neutral. After so many months of completely adoring everything Mulan did, I suddenly found her... boring. I was bored. She did seem interesting any more. While I ultimately respect Mulan and her intentions, I just don't really like her character anymore. Shes just boring. I can't even think of anything else to say about her character.
Previous Position: 9
Geeze, Tiana can just never catch a break, can she? As far as my Tiana appreciation goes, I at least find her interesting, and I don't have any leftover feelings of dislike for her like with Mulan and Belle. She's sassy and smart and fantastic, until she turns into a frog. Actually, until she kisses Naveen. Then her character just goes flat. Before she was a wonderful, three dimensional character. Then I almost dislike
Previous Position: 7
It pains me to put her so low, really, it does. Because I adore Rapunzel, I love her too bits. I really admire her, honestly if I had the chance I would like to be Rapunzel. I think what holds Rapunzel back for me though if her lack of realism. She's a little too... Carefully constructed. Not perfect, she just doesn't feel as organic as some of the other girls. She feels almost artificial, but it's fine because she's still a really good character. I don't know, sometimes she just feels a little to well thought out, if that make any sense. She's not really that satisfying to deconstruct, to relate to too, to try and understand. For me at least. That takes a lot of the fun out of her character.
6. Snow White
Previous Position: 3
Like Rapunzel, I hate putting Snow White so low. I really do love her. She's sweet and kind and she reminds me of angels. That level of adorableness in one character shouldn't even be possible, honestly. I think Snow White as a character is really overlooked, very few people give her the credit she deserves and it makes me sad. She really is a good character, maybe not the deepest character, but still good. She'd bossy and fun and takes care of everyone but herself, and I love that about her.
Previous Position: 8
It's quite ironic that Ariel is just gracing my Top 5 now, considering the fact she's a huge part of my life. I draw her, I write about her, I sing her songs, I use her face all over my Tumblr. I obsess. It's not healthy. But at the same time, she's never really been my favourite. With Ariel, it's always been the little things I love. Never really the big picture. I love her laugh, her smile makes me smile, I adore her collection. I just want to be friends with Ariel. She's amazing. I love her flaws, her insecurities, her mistakes. But I don't really like how it all comes together. Naivete and impulsiveness can only be so charming, you know?
Previous Position: 4
For the life of me, I can't figure out why I love Cinderella so much. It's not even an outward love, it's just a soft, fluttery love I tend to keep to myself. I don't obsess, or defend, or rant about. It's like my own little secret. I think it's because Cinderella is better than medicine when I'm sad or sick. She makes me feel hopeful, she makes me feel calm, she makes me feel, well, positive.
Despite all her flaws and problems, Cinderella's just wonderful. Charming and soothing, and I don't understand how anyone could hate her.
Previous Position: 5
I was in love with Pocahontas when I was a kid, my love for her was only rivaled by my love for Jasmine. She was just so different from anything I had ever known. She was wise and daring, and just had this spark that every other woman in my life lacked. She was foreign and exotic in the purest sense of the words. She was passionate and bold, yet soft spoken and confused at the same time. In the muddled parts of my brain, I really relate to this, to being a bunch of contradictions trapped inside one person. I have complaints about Pocahontas, of course, but those complaints really have no weight once I realize it's those very flaws and problems that make me love her so much. She's one of a kind.
Previous Position: 6
Yes, Aurora gets a lot of flak. Like any princess, some of that flak is deserved. But most of it is not. It disappoints me when people write Aurora off because of her screen-time, because she really is a beautiful character. She's an oasis of possibility and philosophy, subtly and artfully crafted by gentle hands. Yes, her beauty, and voice, and graceful demeanor are appealing, but they are merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Aurora. While most of the DP's are full of obvious personality traits, Aurora is more subtle. That's probably my favourite thing about her. She's gentle, and soft, and subtle, and she makes me happy. Aurora is so much more than what she appears to be, and that's probably the reason why I love her.
Previous Position: 1
Could it really be anyone else? Who else can compete with the level of love, adoration, annoyance, criticalness, passion, zest, enthusiasm and overall awe I have for Jasmine? No one. There is so much wrong with her, but there is so much right.
Her flaws make her perfect. She's bossy and snarky and has a major attitude problem, and I love it! She's a damsel and warrior at the same time, and she sucks at doing things for herself, but oh boy does she try. She's funny and sassy and nice and sweet and everything at once and it just continues to amaze me to this day. Picture me, a little girl watching Aladdin for the first time. I was awed and amazed by Jasmine then, and ever since then she has been my biggest role model and longest love in life. No one can eclipse her, or challenge her. She is my animation soul-mate.