All is Fair In Love and Plot Bunny Catching

I’ve heard that “where do you get you’re ideas?” is a common question for aspiring writers to ask writers that aren’t aspiring. It’s a question I don’t entirely understand, but that’s because I get my ideas regularly in the form of vicious plot bunnies.

The other question on my mind as I write this is “how are you ever going to meet a boy if you stay at home?”. Yes, people have actually asked me this.

Now that I’ve traumatized you all and sent the male blog readers running, I’m going to answer these two lovely questions.

Simultaneously. With Frozen and Les-Mis gifs.

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These things (plot bunnies and potential loves) can show up just about anywhere.

They can show up during a song.

Usually not quite as dramatically as that, though.

They can show up while you’re running errands.

“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories that it has come to be disbelieved. Few people daresay nowadays that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at eachother. Yet that is the way love begins, and only that way.” - Victor Hugo

On the errand note, you may only see them for a few seconds. Like a ghost. One minute there and then they are gone. Ideas are sneaky that way. Write them down, quick.

They may come back and visit.

Cosette & Marius

Of course, not all of them are good. Use care.

"Oh Anna, if only there was someone out there who loved you." - Hans

Also, not everyone may care as much as you do about your new found idea/love.

No one cares Marius....

You can't marry a man you just met. - Frozen

And no idea/love is perfect.

Combeferre's reaction to Marius riding a horse to the barricade (gif)

Kristoff's troll family
Something about fixer-uppers…

But, if you are indeed fated to truly fall in love, you will. Don’t worry about it.

Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) and Marius (Eddie Redmayne), Les Miserables movie

Day 17 Favorite couple: Anna and Kristoff (if Jelsa was purely Disney I would've done them)

Ideas… you can make those happen. (If you’re having trouble getting ideas, look here for advice.)

DFTBA!

UPDATE: I’d like to add that Rapunzel met her true love without leaving her tower.

Flynn’s dry humor and Rapunzel’s positive outlook make for an entertaining relationship. | 19 Reasons Rapunzel And Flynn Rider Are The Best Disney Couple

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For the First Time in Forever…

…I am linking up with The Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday!

Every Tuesday, they do a book related list of specific top tens. This week has more to do with stories than books. The topic is…

TOP TEN FAVORITE MOVIES OR TV SHOWS

I am going to twist this by narrowing it down to my top ten Disney movies. In no particular order:

1. Frozen

Everyone likes Frozen. How could you not? There’s not much to say about this– everyone else has already talked about it to death. As for me, I shall just continue to make bad puns about it and sing Let It Go at the top of my lungs.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean

The first one. Oh, my goodness, I haven’t watched in so long. Why haven’t I? It’s an amazing movie! Pirates! Treasure! Jack Sparrow and his uncanny ability to act like he knows what he’s doing the whole time! The music!

3. The Lion King

This is the first movie I ever saw in a theater. My parents say I sat staring at the screen and reaching for popcorn without taking my eyes away from Simba’s plight. They also say they could not get me to understand that Simba and the lion I called “Young Cub” were one and the same (I think I picked up Young Cub from a preview).

4. Mary Poppins

It’s a jolly holiday with Mary. And the music. It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

5. Lilo and Stitch

As a child, I was rather appalled  by this movie. I hated that Lilo and Nani fought like they did. Now that I’m older, I see it’s not as bad as I thought it was and it’s a rather touching story. Sniff. Anyone have a tissue?

6. Tangled

Rapunzel was the first fairytale I can remember being told. Tangled is a wonderful version of that story. And the music is great.

7. The Princess and the Frog

I love this one mostly for the characters instead of the story. Tiana’s friend Lottie is one of the best characters– she’s spoiled but not rottenly so. She still genuinely cares about other people despite the fact her daddy gives her anything and everything she wants. And you can’t beat that Southern Belle accent.

8. Mulan

I’ve always loved this movie. The music. The culture. The characters. Mushu. ‘Nuff said.

9. Wreck-it-Ralph

I could watch this movie almost every day and not get sick of it. This movie amazes me. The details are awesome– I notice something new every time I watch it. And it’s a good story. The plot twists really amazed me the first time I watched it. And it’s set inside an arcade among video games. While I don’t play video games often, that was awesome to see.

10. Princess Protection Program

I admit it, I am not above watching Disney Channel movies. Some of them are really good. Others are meh. This is one of the good ones, in my opinion. Basically, when her country is invaded by a dictator, a princess is forced to go under cover in Louisiana to save her mother and country. And then she has to learn to fit in with all the “normal” people. The other character, who is actually the main character , I think, has to help the princess fit in, despite the fact she starts out thinking that the princess is snobby and stuck-up and everything. So, yeah, it’s girly and a high-school story, but I still love it.

What are your favorite Disney movies? Aren’t the music numbers one of the best things about Disney movies? And am I the only one who will admit to watching Disney Channel movies? Am I alone in that?

 

 

(Insert Witty Title– preferably song lyrics)

Today, I want to talk about…

Disney Princesses.

I love Disney movies. And I like Disney Princesses. Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida are the official ones and I’m going to throw in Elsa and Anna for this post.

My favorite one is Rapunzel with Mulan as a close second. Elsa and Belle tie for third.

Now, instead of using this whole post to fangirl (because I know every male reader I have would just love that), I want to talk about something specific.

Family dynamics.

This is a fascinating topic. Okay, let’s play a game. We are going to separate the princesses into groups.

Which ones were actually born into royalty?

Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Merida, and the Frozen sisters.

Which ones have siblings?

The list really starts to go down now.

Elsa and Anna (duh.), Merida, and Ariel.

Wow. Only four of the princesses have siblings. So… out of 13 princesses, only 4 of them have siblings. And only Merida has brothers (aka: heirs to the throne).

I guess you could count Cinderella’s stepsisters as siblings, but they were really antagonists.

Alright, round two!

Which of the princesses have both parents?

Rapunzel, Aurora, Mulan, and Merida.

What about just Dad?

Ariel, Jasmine, Belle, and Pocahontas.

Just Mom?

…Tiana. Unless you count wicked stepmoms. And Rapunzel, if you count Gothel.

Orphans?

Snow, Cindy, and the Frozen sisters. Unless you count wicked stepmoms.

 

Huh. Interesting facts here.

Is there a point to this? No. Not really. I could say something about how every family is different and how the princesses’ childhood influenced the rest of their stories and all that.

In fact, I think I will.

Bringing the writing side of this to the table, your character’s backstory and family situation will influence their personality and choices.

Rapunzel for example. She was brought up believing Gothel was her mother. Gothel told her the world was dangerous and full of people who want to hurt her. Remember the scene in Tangled when Rapunzel has just left the tower, something rustles the bushes, and she jumps onto Flynn’s back? Remember when she’s scared that’s she’s doing the wrong thing by leaving?

Aurora had a very similar upbringing, oddly enough. When Prince Philip first runs into her in the woods, she scared and wary of him. (And then she decides she’s in love, but that’s Disney.) Why? Because the three fairies told her not to talk to strangers. As far as Aurora knew, Philip was a stranger.

What about Merida? She was rebellious. Not exactly a trait you see in her parents and past… or is it? Not rebellion, but stubbornness and strength. Her father fought a bear and lived through it. Merida saw that. Queen Elinor was stubborn. But she was strong, too. Can you imagine seeing your husband fight a bear? Can you imagine him losing his leg because of it? Can you imagine ruling a kingdom? I know the Fergus is technically the king, but it seems to me that Elinor does a good bit herself, if not most of it. Plus, triplet sons. Child care is hard work (I’m only an older sister) and having three mischievous sons and a tomboy teenage daughter… These were the examples Merida had. Is it any wonder that she decided to take matters into her own hands when she was being forced into marriage (Of course, we can still partially blame rebellion and teenage hormones on this.)? But Merida’s strength, stubbornness, and love for her mother were major parts of the story.

This is fairly simplistic stuff. But extremely important. Family and upbringing determine so much.

Think about your characters. Even side characters need motives and backstory. Even if you don’t ever tell the character’s backstory and family situation in the book, it’s still a good thing for you to know.

Anyone have anything to add? And who are your top three Disney princesses?