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Snow White’s Kiss: A Haunted Fairy Tale

This is an original ghost story written by me. Scroll down to hear me read the story aloud. Happy Halloween! The maiden lies on the mountaintop, entombed in glass and gathering dust. Her snow-white skin and blood red lips, her hair as black as ebony wood, belie how long she’s slept. Something has gone wrong. … Continue reading Snow White’s Kiss: A Haunted Fairy Tale

What The Phantom Learns — And Can Teach Us Too — About Love vs. Lust

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen The Phantom of The Opera. I’m talking about the stage version, mind you, not the 2004 movie version in which you basically had to squint in order to discern the Phantom’s facial deformity thereby negating the entire point of the story. (Sorry, but that really wasn’t … Continue reading What The Phantom Learns — And Can Teach Us Too — About Love vs. Lust

Introducing “Princess Origin Stories” A Special Episode Of Princess State Of Mind

This week I’m debuting a new series called “Princess Origin Stories.” These special episodes will delve into the fairy tales behind the Disney princess movies and examine how and why they differ. I’ll explore the symbolism of the original fairy tales and talk about how it affects — or doesn’t affect — the movies we … Continue reading Introducing “Princess Origin Stories” A Special Episode Of Princess State Of Mind

Why We Love Downton Abbey — And What That Says About The Culture

It’s hard to explain why I love Downton Abbey so much. Objectively, I see that the show was basically a glorified soap opera and that, by the third season or so, it wasn’t even a good one. I see how ridiculous some of the plot lines were and how blatantly anachronistic some of the attitudes … Continue reading Why We Love Downton Abbey — And What That Says About The Culture

What Fairy Tales Teach Us About Growing Up And Letting Go

Don’t go into the woods. Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t eat things if you don’t know where they came from. Don’t touch sharp objects. Don’t get lost. Don’t leave the path. Don’t trust people you don’t know. Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. If you didn’t know better, it would be easy to read fairy tales as a … Continue reading What Fairy Tales Teach Us About Growing Up And Letting Go

You Don’t Have To Want To, You Just Have To Do It: How To Achieve Your Dreams, Disney Princess Style

“I don’t want to!”  As a mom of a four-year-old, this is a statement I hear pretty much every day. Multiple times a day — sometimes multiple times a minute. Kids frequently “don’t want to” and they have no problem telling us. It’s their way of trying to exert some control in a world in … Continue reading You Don’t Have To Want To, You Just Have To Do It: How To Achieve Your Dreams, Disney Princess Style

Why Jo Can’t Marry Laurie — My Surprising Revelation About ‘Little Women’

Something happened to me recently and I’m not sure what to make of it. To be honest, I’m a little shaken. I never thought this would happen to me but … well … here I am. See what you think. I was lying in bed feeling under the weather so I turned on a movie … Continue reading Why Jo Can’t Marry Laurie — My Surprising Revelation About ‘Little Women’

Man Up, Simba! The Surprising Lesson of The Lion King

Earlier this month, an article in The Washington Post tried to claim that The Lion King — both the 1994 original and the new “photorealistic” version — promotes fascism. The film, according to Dan Hassler-Forest who wrote the article, “introduces us to a society where the weak have learned to worship at the feet of … Continue reading Man Up, Simba! The Surprising Lesson of The Lion King

People Are Revealing Their #1stCartoon Crush — And That’s A Good Thing

Earlier this week, popular comic book writer Gail Simone asked people on Twitter to share their first cartoon crushes. Almost immediately, #1stCartoonCrush began trending. https://twitter.com/GailSimone/status/1130873782468354048 People’s cartoon crushes were as varied and as interesting as people’s real life romantic choices. Everyone from Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) to Daphne (Scooby-Doo), and from Optimus Prime … Continue reading People Are Revealing Their #1stCartoon Crush — And That’s A Good Thing

Disney Mothers Choose Life!

There aren’t too many mothers in Disney princess movies. In fact, there are far more evil “mother” figures than there are good moms (think Snow White’s Evil Queen, Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother, or Rapunzel’s Mother Gothel). The princesses’ actual mothers tend to be either dead, or (like Aurora’s and Rapunzel’s mothers) somehow estranged from their daughters. … Continue reading Disney Mothers Choose Life!