If you woke up in a fairy tale, which one would you want it to be? Why?
This is perhaps one of the most difficult questions that I’ve ever tried to answer – there are so many different aspects that make up a fairy tale world! I cannot possibly decide with certainty on just one fairy tale, not when so many fairy tales have so much to offer. So many tales are completely charming – or entirely intriguing – in their own ways. This question is complex too in that there are so many angles to consider it from: does waking up in a fairy tale involve being at the tale’s center, or simply in its world? I will begin by considering primarily the universe in which the fairy tale exists.
Regardless, I am going to have to go with Rapunzel – ideally the version of the story told in Disney’s Tangled. Just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’ll confess right now that I’m a huge fan of Tangled. I adore the characters and the storyline, but more than that, the world itself is absolutely captivating. There’s a beautiful forest, and the town with the king and queen’s palace seems like just the right size – not too big, not too small. Not to mention that the flags and banners in the town are the most perfect shade of purple ever. Ever.
But there’s so much more than just the movie’s scenery. For much of the movie, Rapunzel looks very different from others around her – she is not mocked for this. Further, even the “thugs” in the Snuggly Duckling turn out to be endearing, and they even help Rapunzel as she seeks her dreams. And, at Rapunzel’s urging, the townsfolk all start to dance. While I’m sure that these are all Disneyfied aspects of the fairytale, they’re also aspects of the world’s culture that I really like and think I would enjoy.
The world of Tangled seems perfectly storybook: quaint, friendly, and beautiful to look at. But more than that, I’m also partial to Rapunzel’s storyline. I definitely prefer her in Disney as opposed to in older versions of the tale – she takes such an active role in Tangled, but isn’t able to do so in the more classic versions. Still, I relate well to her in any version – she does not have the easiest life when it comes to fairytale heroines, but I feel I understand many of her struggles and problems better than I do those of other characters, which is yet another reason I’d love to live in Rapunzel’s world.