Stockholm Syndrome… ever heard of it? It’s a term for when victims of kidnapping or those in a hostage situation begin to have feelings of affection or trust towards their captors. Most likely in the world of psychology it would be dubbed a “coping mechanism”, in the world of Disney it’s known as Beauty & the Beast. I had the pleasure of seeing the latest version of Beauty & the Beast in the cinema recently. As I watched one of my childhood favourites with eyes more advanced in years ( and now requiring spectacles) I saw it in a very different light. I realised that Beauty & the Beast was the most capitalised story of Stockholm Syndrome in history and wasn’t the love story I was once led to believe.
I began to feel as though I had been completely disillusioned by Disney all those years. This realisation made me want to explore the true storyline of all my other Disney faves.
Another so called love story. This one really confuses me now. So the prince magically falls in love with Cinderella after one, ok two meetings. Well, he doesn’t even recognise her when she isn’t all done up. Was she wearing fake tan, lashes, rake of make up? Ppfftttt…
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
You think you know what I’m going to say about this one but you’re wrong. I’m not really bothered about the fact that Snow White shared a house with 7 men. I’m more concerned about the fact that the prince just thinks he can take her away when she’s clearly ill or apparently passed away? This is slightly disturbing. #creep
Alice in Wonderland
There are lots of theories about the true meaning of the story of Alice in Wonderland . Most commonly suggested that the entire story story is inspired by the journey undertaken when under the influence of psychedelic drugs such as mushrooms. However, I think it’s more like the Beauty & the Beast scenario. Alice uses food and drink as a coping mechanism to deal with her struggles. A very modern day tale I think.
My other faves
The Jungle Book, Bambi, The Lion King, Lady & the Tramp and One Hundred & One Dalmatians all share a common theme that hasn’t no matter how old I’ve gotten. This is that animals can talk, I always knew they could.
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