February 9, 2015

fairy tale fun blog hop

I may be twenty-eight years old, but I'm still as much of a sucker for Disney princesses as I was when I was three. Or six, like I am in this picture of me dressed up as Princess Jasmine from Aladdin.

Rocking the Jasmine costume like
a total #blessedballer. (My sister is
Princess Butterfly if you're curious."
When I was asked to find parallels between the heroines of my own writing and my beloved princesses, I was obviously excited. But once that wore off, I found myself in a bit of a conundrum. On one hand, it seemed like there weren't enough comparisons to make a firm case. On the other, it seemed like there were countless. I mean, I am a child of Disney princesses, so it's only natural that traits from some of those most beloved characters would sneak their way into my own.

Then a couple of weeks ago while eating a mixture of leftover Christmas candy and newly stocked Valentine's Day candy (my co-workers and our candy bowl need an intervention) I realized that each of my heroines does in fact have a pretty distinct connection to a specific Disney princess. Talk about a huzzah moment.

(That could have been the candy buzz, but since the excitement lasted well after the presumable sugar rush crash, I figure I may be on to something.)

For the sake of this exercise, I'm going to focus on two of my leading ladies: Lexi Burke from my debut novel, Hard Hats and Doormats, and Elliot Lynch, from the soon-to-be-released The Marrying Type.

Lexi Burke of Hard Hats and Doormats is...
Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid

On living arrangements:
  • Lexi is dissatisfied with her life in Houston and at Gulf America.
  • Ariel isn't so happy under the sea.

I mean it's nice in theory. (Source)

On dominant male figures:
  • Lexi feels disrespected by her boss at Gulf America.
  • Ariel wishes her dad wouldn't "reprimand" her.

On sidekicks:
  • Lexi's BFFs Brenna and Kara like to squabble, but have her best interests at heart.
  • Ariel has Flounder and Sebastion, who make an unlikely pair to be her partners-in-crime.

On romance: 
  • Lexi has a seemingly one-sided crush on Jason Beaumont, who she figures barely knows she exists. Plus, dating him would be a major faux pas based on her job in HR and his in the field.
  • Ariel loves Eric, who only knows her to be some mystic vision of a singing, swimming woman who saved his life. And her aforementioned father has forbidden.
I could wave at that face all day. (Source)

On what they want:
  • Lexi wants more.
  • Ariel wants more. 
You better believe they want more. (Source)

Plus, both of them have awesome moments on boats. I swear I didn't mean for this story to have so many connections to my favorite Disney movie. Not even when I made two references to The Little Mermaid in the book. (You'll have to look through the book and see if you can find them for yourself.)

((Pick up a copy of Hard Hats and Doormats from AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, or Marching Ink.)

Elliot Lynch of The Marrying Type is...
Belle from Disney's Beauty and the Beast

On living arrangements:
  • Elliot lives in a mansion that has been passed down from generation to generation in her family.
  • Belle eventually moves into a castle.

On dominant male figures:
  • Elliot's father is a bit of a hot mess who loves his daughter, but needs a strong woman to guide him.
  • Belle's father... ditto.
But a cute hot mess. (Source)

On sidekicks:
  • Elliot is kind of a loner until the story begins, and she ends up developing a new support system of people she meets through her job as a wedding planner.
  • Belle is also presumably alone, aside from her horse, until she stumbles upon a castle of enchanted servants who are down for friendship.

On romance: 
  • Elliot was willing to let go of the love of her life to appease her father.
  • Belle was willing to leave the love of her life to save her father.

It's a tale as old as freaking time, y'all. (Source)

On what they want:
  • Elliot wants to see the world.
  • Belle wants adventure in the great wide somewhere. 
Who doesn't want so much more than they've got planned? (Source)

Okay, so maybe this one is a bit of a stretch, but one of the biggest similarities I see between Elliot and Belle is how uncomfortable they are in their own skins at the start of their stories. They're both total catches (beautiful, smart, independent), but neither seems to have the total confidence to go for what they want. And while neither of them needs a man to live a fulfilling life, they both find themselves with men who they can improve, but who also bring out the best in them, too.

(The Marrying Type will be released on February 24. Until then you can add it to your "to-read" list on Goodreads and sign-up to receive email notification via my e-newsletter when it is available.)

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  1. I'm not either of those, actually. I'm more of a "happy at home" kind of girl these days.

  2. I'm most like Belle in general and I do still want to travel more.

  3. I don't want more and I don't want to find adventure, but I do love to travel. I've always felt a connection with Belle--loves to read and is willing to sacrifice. lilacqueen75(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. more like Ariel

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  5. I guess I want more, like more money maybe? Lol, I don't know.


  6. Definitely more of Elliot and Belles side. I dont really want great adventure, but id love to travel, see the world, meet new people. I love to read, and id do anything for my family. Id love to explore small towns and villages. Find somewhere to fit in and call home. Thanks! I liked your post! Very fun!