Last night, hubby and I went on an impromptu date to see the new Disney animated film, The Princess and the Frog. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, and as much of a Disney fan as I am, I wasn’t sure I would even like it. I was excited, but cautiously so. However, the caution was completely unnecessary.
From the opening scene, I was hooked! And if it weren’t for the unbearable heat in the movie theater, I wouldn’t have wanted the movie to end! The color palette that was used in the film was magical! It evoked all the whimsy and beauty of an enchanted fairy tale. Simply breathtaking! And I loved the unique New Orleans spin they put on this timeless story.
But what I found the most fascinating was how this was a textbook example of romance! The frog/prince is a spoiled rich boy who wants nothing more from life than to date pretty women and party all the time, but who has been cut off from the royal riches by his parents. So of course, he’s looking for a rich bride. Ha! A penniless royal looking for an advantageous match! As I watched, I couldn’t help but see him, even as a frog, as the heroes from most of the Regency novels I read (and write.)
Then, of course, you have the strong-willed and impoverished heroine with big dreams who, even though on paper she’s all wrong for the prince, makes him fall in love with her nonetheless.
What was truly fascinating was watching all this take place between two frogs! Talk about unconventional heroes and heroines! Throw them in with a cast of brilliant secondary characters and you have a perfect romance.
In conclusion: GO SEE THIS FILM! You will love it, your kids will love it. And especially if you’re a
romance author, you’ll have a great time drawing those correlations between the frogs and the heroes and heroines we all love to read and write about.
And if you’ve already seen the movie, I’d love to know what you thought!
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