Sitting in “Snow White and the Huntsman” earlier in the week I had to ask myself “How are we supposed not to love Bella Swan?”
If you think about it, we girls and women have been conditioned to need rescuing. For generations we have been raised on a diet of imprisoned and sleeping princesses who can only be rescued by princes who we really know nothing about. If you want more for your daughters here are some princesses (and a queen) you can really sink your teeth into:
Elizabeth (The Paper Bag Princess)
Quintana (Froi of the Exiles)
Snow White (Snow White and the Huntsman)
Isabeau and Isuelt (Witches of Eileanan Series)
Cassandra (The Ranger’s Apprentice Series)
Poppy (The Forgotten Pearl, not a “real princess”, but still totally awesome)
I’ve managed to quickly assemble quite an impressive list of complex female characters for mothers and daughters to enjoy from picture books through to adult.
What fun girls can have, and even occasionally indulge in harmless whimsies of helpless lamb-iness.
Hurrah for kickass girls!