A Writer's Journey

February 17, 2014

The Princess Fascination

Filed under: journey,writing — mackenziew @ 12:00 am
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Even after her death, people are fascinated by Diana, Princess of Wales. Today, people are fascinated by her daughter-in-law, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (AKA Kate Middleton). I will admit I am one of those people. So why are we fascinated by princesses?

Many reasons, I guess. But I guess the big one is the glamor. We are fascinated by wealthy people. Look at the Kardashians. We want what they have. The fancy clothes. The big house. The expensive cars. The trips to exotic locales. The access to the best restaurants, shops, and more. We want the good life.

Princesses are glamorous. Look at how many people follow Kate’s fashion. And can we not think “princess” without “poofy dress”? Or a tiara. Or just Anne Hathaway’s closet in “The Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement”?

Mia Closet

But I don’t think our entire fascination rests on shallow reasons. There is more to princesses than a fancy dress and a tiara. Especially in fairy tales.

Think of the Disney “I am a princess” commercial. If you haven’t seen it, YouTube it. It highlights all the things we admire in our princesses: kindness, generous, loyal, brave, and more. That’s why we like our princesses. They are the best of humanity wrapped in a fancy dress.

And I think we associate adventure with princesses. Probably due to fairy tales again. The princesses in those stories generally have an adventure. To quote “Beauty and the Beast”: “Far-off places, daring swordfights, magic spells, a prince in disguise!” Who wouldn’t want to wake up and find that is their life one day?

There is also romance. I don’t think we can separate romance from princesses. Balls, princes, flowers, secret rendez-vous. Once again, exciting times and lives! We want that.

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So that’s why we like princesses. Or at least, why I think so. How about you?

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