OK, hi everyone! *waves* I'm sort of a lurker here. This is my first article in this spot. I haven't watched Tangled or the Princess and the Frog (because both movies came out when I was studying for my exams. Damn!), so I won't include Tiana or Rapunzel in this list. I probably will incorporate them in a later list, once I've watched both movies.
Anyway, so here are my favourite princesses (starting from the least favourite one.) I'll also write what I think is their main characteristic.
"The Sweet Princess"
I first watched Snow White when I was six. I thought she was just too...sweet. I know that sounds odd. Her voice, her looks, everything. TOO SWEET. For me, there's two kinds of figurative sweetness. There's melt-your-heart sweetness, like Bambi. However, there's sickeningly sweet sweetness. And that's Snow White. Her voice made me want to break something. If you could get diabetes from listening to something sweet, just listen to Snow White's voice.
(BTW, what happened to the turtle? I'm glad Snow got her prince and her castle in the sky, but I sat through the whole thing needing to know the whereabouts of the turtle.)
I guess I just didn't like her because I was a tomboy, and Snow White is definitely the opposite of a tomboy.
"The Beautiful Princess"
Another one I watched when I was little. In fact, Sleeping Beauty
was the only DP movie I had on tape. Aurora is blessed with the gift of beauty. I definitely enjoyed her more than I did Snow White. She is a princess, but sometimes she comes off as a queen. And very beautiful. I loved the vision of her which Maleficiant gave Prince Phillip...golden hair, long eyelashes and red lips. However, I think Aurora wasn't given much screen time, compared to the other DPs. If she had had more screen time, I would have liked her A LOT better.
"The Gentle Princess"
Honestly, I don't have much opinion of Cinderella. The film focuses more on her story, than her actual character. My opinion of her is that she's gentle, kind and compassionate. However, I wish she'd more backbone in standing up to her stepsisters and stepmother. She has a horse, she could get it to kick them or something. Or poison their dresses, that was a huge favourite in Victorian era. At least DO SOMETHING to get back at them.
"The Kick-Ass Princess"
It may come as a shock that I actually like Jasmine, despite placing her in the middle of my list. When watching Aladdin, I focus more attention on Aladdin, Genie, and Abu than Jasmine. However, I think Jasmine looks out for herself, is resourceful, fiery and intelligent.
"The Bookworm Princess"
A lot of people say Belle's intelligent. I'm not sure about that. She reads, yeah, but reading doesn't equal to intelligence. She was reading a fairytale, not a book about rocket science or quantum physics! But I love her compassion for the Beast, her love for her father, and her ability to not judge a person by their looks.
"The Curious Princess"
I loved Ariel as a kid, and I still do. I find that no matter what the situation, I'm always on her side. Ariel is very easy to love, and she has more human experiences than most on this list, despite not even being human.
Ariel: "I'm sixteen years old! I'm not a child!"
King Triton: "Don't you take that tone of voice with me young lady, as long as you remain in my ocean, you obey my rules!"
That exchange made me really root for her. How many of us, as children and teens, have been through this same situation? I admit, she's done pretty stupid things, like defying her father's orders and forming an alliance with the sea witch. But in the end, Ariel shows that we are all flawed and despite our many flaws, we are capable of love and being human.
The Passionate Princess
Pocahontas is very much of a woman compared to the other princesses. She is the most beautiful of all the princesses, both inside and out. She has an air of maturity about her, yet she's so freedom loving and spiritual. I must admit, it was the song "Colours of the Wind" which made me fall in love with the movie, and subsequently the princess. I love the passion she has for everything she does, especially in her love with John Smith. In the end, she chose to remain with her people. Pocahontas watching John sailing away from her truly the most heart-breaking moment in any Disney Princess film for me, I actually cried during that. I also love her moments of fun.
Pocahontas taught me that "if you walked the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew, you never knew."
The Brave Princess
Mulan had me from the start. I liked it that she wasn't like the other princesses. She isn't the most beautiful, or the most witty. However, she is the bravest of them all. Mulan doesn't wait around for princes to sweep her off her feet or for glass slippers to fit her. Mulan actually gets out there and makes things happen. She loves deeply and it's not some romance, it's a great love for her family, her friends and her country. She saved China, need I say more?