Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Geek Families

Q-ster received a book of the Disney-style fairy tales for Christmas, and we’ve been enjoying reading through them. On one particular evening, he requested Sleeping Beauty, and then Snow White. (Yes, it’s a true sign of a household of boys when a five year old doesn’t know the classic Princess tales.)

As Snow White examined the seven little beds, he interrupted. “Seven dwarves? I thought there were thirteen!”

And then I realized that the little dude is more familiar with The Hobbit than with Snow White. We’re that kind of family, on the certain path to role playing video games and techie conventions, I guess.

Anyhow, he noted that both stories ended with a kiss waking up the princess and wondered why princesses were kind of useless. I pointed out that others were quite effective, like Princess Leia, and there were many other heroines, like Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates series. He was satisfied with that.

Thankfully, the more modern Disney stories have done a better job with leading ladies. For instance, Mulan totally rocks.


Hannah said...

Hi Lady M,
I have been reading your blog for a few years now and I don't often comment, but one of the classes I am taking this semester is called the fantastic in literature and this story sums up my whole night.

Bob said...

13 dwarfs, we have to come up with more names. Nerdy, texty, etc to name a few.

mayberry said...

Texty! I love it.

Anonymous said...

The Disney Princesses ARE kind of useless. Which makes me even sadder that my daughter loves them no end.