Thursday, 9 December 2010
Countdown to Christmas Guest Post – Andrea Cremer
Andrea can be found blogging at A Blurred History. Her novel Wolfsbane, the second book in the Nightshade Trilogy, is out July 26th 2011!
My favorite couples are those who are pairings of equals – complementary, but not too similar, who have at least a little tension between them, and who end up saving each other. In 2010 a new couple showed up that I adored: Rapunzel and Flynn (aka Eugene) from Tangled. I’ve never been a fan of Disney’s princesses – they spend too much time pining, while I like to see my heroines wielding swords. But Rapunzel won me over and Flynn – well, I have a soft spot for rogueish guys, ‘nuf said. Finally – a princess who’s funny, imaginative, and full of infectious idealism and a hero who isn’t prince charming! I adored the constant banter between Rapunzel and Flynn. I loved that he was an anti-hero, quasi-scoundrel who was living an invented life. I loved that they were both willing to give up everything for each other. This pair definitely ranks as my favorite Disney couple (though book-loving Belle is still my favorite princess) because they worked so well as a team. They both had flaws, but by exposing those faults to one another they were each able to become their true selves and fall in love with who the other person actually was, not some idealized version of them. Rapunzel and Flynn were both heroes. They had equal parts to play in the story and in each other’s lives. I like my romance spicy and spunky and filled with moments that make me laugh as well as swoon – Tangled pulled that off beautifully.
Sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to see Tangled, I just have to find someone to go with. Thanks for sharing Andrea.
I haven't seen Tangled, but I love her take on it! Great guest post 🙂
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I can't wait to see Tangled! I agree–complementary, equal characters make the most compelling couples. And yay for book-loving Belle!
I loved Tangled, too. And I have to agree that it is definitely the best Disney movie romance. Really, really fun.
Melissa – Isn't it.
Heather – sorry I had to delete you, if you want to express your opinion in a more respectful way feel free to re-comment.
Meredith – I love Belle too, she's fab 🙂
Resugo – I really must see this movie!
tangled sounds so incredibly awesome.
loved this post – Andrea seems so lovely!
I *loved* Tangled!!! I fell head-over-heels in love with Flynn Rider, and found the whole story to be one of – if not *the* – best story Disney's done … I've seen it twice now, and am making plans for viewing #3, hehe … Oh happiness …
I've been hesitant about going out to see Tangled in the theater, but it sounds like a good Disney-princess story. I definitely agree with Ms. Cremer's view of what makes the most interesting, yet functioning couples. 🙂