Monday, February 9, 2015

Fairy Tale Fun Blog Hop (and a CHOCOLATE BROWNIE GIVEAWAY)

Your mission: read this blog post, comment on the question posed, and check out the other blogs that are part of this blog hop. Every blog post comment enters you to win a Sprites Gourmet Brownie Gift Box from Fairytale Brownies.

My mission, should I choose to accept it ... compare my heroine(s) to a fairy tale or real life princess. Uuuuhhh, no way can I do that. Or can I? You see, I'm sort of anti-fairy tale. Especially as being the mom to a young girl. I don't want her thinking that she can live her life as a damsel in distress and expect some man to come riding in on a white horse and save her. Or, that "and they all lived happily ever after" is how marriage goes (sometimes it does, but it comes with lots of hard work).

I pride myself on writing women who don't necessarily start out strong but end up that way. Sometimes, there is a man (handsome and dashing, of course) to help boost her up, but I want my characters to find their hero in themselves.

How, how, how am I going to write this blog post? I can compare Esther in I'm Still Here to Merida in Brave, solely based on their hair.


Actually, now that you mention it, the physical resemblance is sort of uncanny. But I'm still not sold on the fact that I can say Esther's journey is a fairy tale. Tragic past, bad family, handsome doctor (well, 2 actually), more tragedy...oh wait, maybe it is.

Not that I'm a supreme feminist or anything, because I love a good love story. I do, I really do. But I also love butt-kicking women as well. Women who don't let evil step-mothers or ignorant townspeople or curses stop them.

And then I realized while watching the movie Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett for the hundredth time--Elizabeth! That's my princess! That's who I want to draw comparison to. This beautiful woman who doesn't let men push her around. Well, maybe she does at first, but then she wisens up. She is "no-man's Elizabeth."

Plus, Joseph Finnes is dream as Lord Robert. That is, until he turns out to be a weak, married turncoat. I prefer to think about him in the beginning of the movie. (sigh)

And I realized that this Elizabeth bears a striking resemblance to Elizabeth Zurlo, my protagonist in Hold Her Down. A family who has overwhelmed her identity, a man who has ulterior motives, being called a heretic (and harlot). The name thing is purely coincidental, but I'm glad to say that Elizabeth Zurlo shares her name with such a strong woman.

I think I've done it! By George, I've compared not one but two of my main characters to princesses! One Disney, and one real (although I do think the movie may technically be considered historical fiction).

And now, what do you need to do? (Sorry, this giveaway is open to US APPLICANTS ONLY)

Answer this question: Disney princess or real princess (flaws and all)? Who and why?

Leave a comment for your chance to win THIS brownie gift box from Fairytale Brownies. You will need to include your email in the comment so we know how to contact you if you win.


Check out these blogs and leave a comment there too. Each comment enters you to win the brownies. That's 18 chances! (BTW, 18 is my lucky number)

Just click on the links below to visit the blogs and read how these lovely ladies size up their characters to fairy tales. Leave a comment (with your email address) and you will be entered to win.

Again, this giveaway is open to US Residents Only (sorry). I hope you chose to accept your mission. This post will self-destruct...oh wait, wrong genre. 

And they all lived happily ever after. Is that better?


  1. I choose Princess Tiana from the Princess and the Frog because she never gives up hope that things will turn out okay and that she will get her restaurant.

    1. I thought about her as well. She sort of takes control of her own destiny and I like that.

  2. Ooh...that's so hard! I've always loved Belle--she's a reader, she's willing to sacrifice her own happiness for others and is always thinking of others, she can see what's on the inside. Thanks for the giveaway! lilacqueen75(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Cinderella because she over comes the bullies in her life

  4. I agree with Katie about Belle. She's definitely my favorite.
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  5. I love Princess Kate, because her son, Prince George was born on my birthday!

  6. Real princess. I am nowhere near flawless! As for who I'd's hard to tell! It's hard to get a real idea of who they were and what they were like. Women were so unimportant in the eyes of those writing down the events of the times that I don't think their lives were accurately recorded!

  7. I'm a Disney junkie so I have to go with them. I've always loved Princess Jasmine because she is such a firecracker. I love Belle for her yellow dress (yellows my favorite color!) and her reading habits, of course, but I always forget she's a princess! If I think about it, I could probably list all of them and give a reason or two for why I like them. Real princesses are quite cool as well, but I have a feeling they don't sing as well or talk to the animals so the Disney princess's win this one :D

    Have a terrific Valentines Day everyone!

    Shelly H

  8. I choose Disney! they are so much easier to have imagination action going on! My favorite was Belle since I am most like her!

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  10. Disney, at least in the past, has a horrible way of watering down fairy tales. And as they say, truth is stranger than fiction--so real princesses!

  11. Real princesses because it's reality, not fictional.

  12. I feel like I can relate to fictional ones, like Belle because she loved to read and the looked at people's heart, not appearance. It's what I'm like!

  13. Disney princess Cinderella because more fun

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  14. Definitely the fictional princesses. I love Belle. Shes my favorite. She doesnt judge a book by the cover. She looks beneath the skin, shes loyal and fierce! I love how protective she is of the people she loves. Gotta love her love of reading too! lol Thank you!