I hate Merida, okay? And before you dismiss me, hear me out. Independence is good. However Merida took it way too far in a time where independence could be dangerous. She almost got her kingdom into war because she didn’t wanna get married. She also…
That! It’s true, she did exactly what a teenager would do, which makes it valid, and she realized her mistake and CORRECTED IT, and wanted it back how it was which shows she is very mature. Even mature people have moments of immaturity… There was nothing wrong with what she did and it makes more sense for her age frame then say finding a prince and marrying him just because you were found in a forest.
Nothing wrong with feeding your mom a mysterious potion created by a witch? Seems legit.
=facepalm= it’s fucking disney… grand scope of teenagers being rioty teenagers and doing things to make it better… it’s pretty fucking legit..
but ya know wandering in the woods living with three fairies and pricking your finger on a spinning wheel and falling into a coma only a kiss can wake you from? legit also. stfu.
Why are you bringing up Aurora every five seconds? She’s not part of the conversation. But if you must know, she was so sheltered that she had no common sense. And if you’re talking realism here as in “seems legit” we all know it’s effing fantasy. People also don’t turn into bears. I was just challenging your affirmation that she did nothing wrong. All characters have their faults but this one makes selfish decisions with grave consequences and doesn’t have to make a single sacrifice. Also, tone down the language. This is, after all a conversation about a children’s movie.
I think she brought up Aurora because there were more than one Disney Princess mentioned in the conversation. I thought it was valid. I also never said that she didn’t do anything wrong. I think she acted like many teenagers do, and gave a bit of realism to her character. She could have continued to be self-absorbed, and more concerned about her own freedoms and desires, yes. But she started to change during the course of the movie, which I think is important, because she is starting to grow up and be affected by the events around her. Also, she was close to her dad, and a lot of her actions reflected that. He didn’t exactly encourage her to be prim and proper and submissive.
In the process of the film she learns empathy, maturity, and diplomacy. I do not believe her also coming to a realization about how her decision will affect others yet still standing by her morals would ruin the film. Rather it would leave a stronger message.
Or, y’know, the movie could have removed the whole war aspect tied to her marriage all together and just made the whole. You turned your mother into a bear, in a kingdom that hates bears. Meanwhile a demon bear is hunting you down trying to kill you. That was good enough for me.
I think it’s more about her personal journey. Also, it’s a movie, not a series. There can always be more of the tale to tell. She’s also the same age as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, but acted with more concern for others (even if it’s mostly at the end of the film) than Ariel did at all. Jasmine wanted to marry for love, and not have an arranged marriage, too. I think they did fine with her character development on the whole, and really liked the movie, and her character. And at the end of the film, she’s still a teenager, not a fully mature adult.
I hate Merida, okay? And before you dismiss me, hear me out. Independence is good. However Merida took it way too far in a time where independence could be dangerous. She almost got her kingdom into war because she didn’t wanna get married. She also turned her mom into a bear and almost got her killed in a desperate attempt to escape her responsibility. That’s incredibly selfish. Besides, in that time period, arranged marriage was the only marriage. Most girls didn’t get three choices back then. They got one man or death. Why is Merida entitled to anything different. Answer, she’s not. If girls need an independent role model, they should stick for Belle or Mulan, independent girls who were very brave and very selfless, and not too proud to accept love when it came to them
Ok, so I don’t usually reblog discussions, but I don’t think Merida acted out of character, and it would have ruined the story if she had been more grave about the situation…..and for one simple reason. She’s a teenager. She’s 16, and when you’re 16, a lot more of the world around you (especially things that affect you personally) tend to be more dramatic, more intense, and full of feels. If she was in her 20s, I could agree with you about her actions and thought process, but she’s not, and I think her personal evolution (for the purpose of carrying the story) worked very well.
But! Ze Frank and Rainn Wilson have put together a video that describes how different the thought process and feels (ALL THE FEELS ALL THE TIME) in a teenager’s brain aren’t like an adult (well, some adults) brain. (also they are entertaining as well as educational)