Contemporary Disney Princesses- Who I Relate to the Most

We have the classic Disney princesses and we have the contemporary Disney princesses. The contemporary Disney princesses range from Rapunzel to Anna to Tiana- they all come from the 21st century. Who of the batch do I relate to the most.

It is Anna, and I actually relate to Anna more than Belle. Like Anna, I am optimistic, outgoing, and can be a bit impulsive. I do know what it is like be in a sibling relationship- my sister and I. Like Anna, I am the youngest. I can understand wanting to be in a better relationship with your sibling- having a sister myself. I do have a number of things in common with Anna- there still are differences though.

Frozen- Anna
Anna

Classic Disney Princesses- Who I Relate to the Most

For the 90s kids, we grew up on Ariel, Jasmine, Belle- we know the princesses I am talking about. Who of the batch do I relate to the most?

I believe, for me, it would be Belle. I am that bookworm-I love to read fantasies and classics. For a typical millennial- the word classic is something that they wouldn’t read unless it is required for class. I love fantasies like Hobbit/Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia among others- even standalone: I am writing a fantasy now. I love the classics- I am literally reading “The Iliad”- that is something you probably would not expect and later will read “The Odyssey”. I do love Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol, Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and you are expecting me to say this book: Les Misérables. So yes, I love to read.

Beauty and the Beast from live action movie- Belle (Emma Watson)
Belle

Like Belle, I know what it is like to be kinda of well different. As in, I can understand when people say “she is odd”. She most certainly is not- she is brave, strong, caring and independent. You see most of who she is at the castle when she takes her father’s place- that is bravery the moment she agrees and in some ways, that does take strength. More moments show that- like preventing Gaston from killing Beast, etc….Her caring part comes from when she has the chance to escape after the wolf attack, but decides to take Beast back to the castle instead- I honestly think it was when Beast saved her from the wolves when he started to change. Belle and Beast had a relationship that developed over time; not at first sight.

Next post will be for the contemporary Disney princess I relate to the most

My Characters Overview

I decided to do something interesting. I think today I will make mention of ALL of my characters- I have characters from more than one story.

Tale of the Cattail Forest

Sparkle (Main Character)- she is adventurous, courageous, stubborn, and rebellious. She is deeply invested in her craft for drawing. She is 12 years old and does break the rules at times. You always see her with her gold and silver backpack with the pink “S” in the middle. It holds all sorts of drawing supplies. She is my 12 year old.

Sarge (Antagonist)- he is only 17, but neglected, unloved, and abused. He is supposed to be basically leader of the toads, and Graysloup is in poor condition- the toads appear to be rude and disrespectful because he kinda of demands them to, not because they want to- he doesn’t know how to led.He is actually confused, conflicted, and jealous (mostly of his younger cousin). He still has nightmares about what happened from ages 4-13. In that time frame, Sarge found one place of comfort- “The Bog”, which in the deepest place of Graysloup, and quite hard to find- the mud, creek, ditches, and trenches are deeper there. His father did not know it existed- those were the times when he was truly happy- when he played at “The Bog”- it was like his playground. What his father did to him led him to be the bully that he is in my book and left him with some permanent and emotional scars. He can’t see compassion, love, or kindness or knows how to control his anger. He actually is more lonely than he know he is

Marge- she had a better upbringing than her older cousin, Sarge. She had the loving father. While both brothers may have had a loving family-only one turned out to be a loving father. Marge feels like an outsider and is misunderstood just because she is related to Sarge- that is before she met Sparkle. She knows the truth of what is going on in Graysloup. For a 12 year old, she has a lot of wisdom.

Misty- She and Sparkle are best friends and have been since they were five. She is my singer Fairy Frog. She is more concerned about Sparkle than her craft. She actually is quite protective of Sparkle- she does not want her best friend getting in trouble. She is most likely to find out about Sparkle’s relationship to Marge and her being in Graysloup first due to being best friends.

Norg- I found him to be an interesting character. He starts out as Sarge’s spy making sure no Fairy Frog enters Graysloup or tells Sarge if they do. Sarge seems to trust Norg the most. He eventually gives up on Sarge after an incident and sides with the Fairy Frog-he had to warn them. He was the first one to realize that Sarge was getting worse and worse as time went by-he even seems to remember Sarge’s father. I soon realized that a long time ago for a short little time, Sarge and Norg were actually friends, but it wouldn’t last- Sarge’s father would actually find a way to stop it, but Norg never forgot about Sarge’s father. Norg is only 19.

Aries-He is leader of the Fairy Frogs, head carpenter, and uncle to Darcy. He is a confident and good leader. He can doubt himself at times and has to ask his nephew for advice at times. He has one main rule: don’t interact with the toads and don’t enter Graysloup. He thinks all of them are rude and disrespectful. He is most worried about Sparkle because he knows she is most likely not to follow it. He is in his 30s.

Darcy- Like I already said, he is Arie’s nephew. He is my sculpture Fairy Frog and best friends with Felipe. They are always found with each other. Yes, he does have to help his uncle at times. He and Felipe are kinda of similar, but still different. He is 15.

Felipe- Darcy’s best friend and my woodcarving Fairy Frog. Sometimes he might woodcarve something that might be useful for one of Darcy’s sculptures. What bugs him more than anything is when Celeste wants to borrow one of his woodcarving tools because she usually doesn’t return it or loses it. He is 14.

Claude-It is not in his heart to mistreat anyone. That says a lot because it does kinda show that toads were demanded to be rude. He eventually befriends Darcy and Felipe. Claude is 15.

Celeste-As one of the youngest characters, you think I wouldn’t say much. She is my potter Fairy Frog. At her age of 8, she knows how to make pots in different shapes and some actual designs on them and nothing more- eventually things will get more advanced. So Celeste is at an exciting period in her life. She does befriend Effa/Rudy- the two twins.

Effa/Rudy- There is a reason why I grouped Effa and Rudy together. I would like to call this identical twins “peas in a pod”. I originally wanted them in the book so that Marge wouldn’t be the only girl toad- soon enough they found a purpose. You easily can think they don’t belong in this book, but they do. They do befriend Celeste as they are 10.

Tweetsie- She is my youngest of the Tale of the Cattail Forest characters. While the other Fairy Frog characters have discovered their craft, Tweetsie has not. She actually is kinda of annoyed and frustrated. She is extremely energetic and that seems like her only characteristic. You are going to find that there is more to her than how energetic side of things. Despite being only 5, she does have this incredible amount of bravery. Her energetic side might have something to do with what her craft will be. She is actually the Fairy Frog that annoys Sparkle the most.

Lizzy the Lizard (Yes, still working on title)

Lizzy (main character)- she is a curious and adventurous Lizard. She lives on a farm and one of its main smells is cinnamon. Her curious nature is what got her away from her farm, and how the picture book begins.

Greatest Discovery

  • Of all my story ideas, Greatest Discovery has the most amount of characters. Don’t even know if names are right or not.

Olivia (One of six main characters: same personality, but don’t know if it is the official name)- yes, you just saw that. I said Olivia is one of six main characters. Yes, but of all six, Olivia and her faternal twin, Ella, are the main focuses. All six girls are orphans- so Olivia and Ella have a similar backstory, but they still are different in terms of personality. Olivia and Ella do come from an artsy and loving family.

Olivia, right away, wanted to know if her sister survived- that was all that mattered-even in the hospital, when they had to be apart, Olivia literally wanted to be with Ella. She knew all she had left was her sister. Olivia is into decorating doll dresses and stuff like that. She was optimistic and still is despite what happened. She will always be there for her sister.

Ella (One of six main characters: will have traits, but don’t know if will keep name)- for whatever reason, despite it being the same car crash, Ella is struggling with the death of her parents more deeply than Olivia. She really needs Olivia to be with her- something tells me that Olivia knew how much Ella would be struggling- that was why she wanted to be with her. Ella does have her “Boobie”- as she calls it- it was the doll her mother made her with a dress her mother made her complete with sequins and beads that Olivia sewed on herself. She needs that- it really is all she has left of her mom. It is best for Olivia to end up sleeping near Ella- all they left is each other. Eventually, they will form new bonds- but lost their parents at an age where they will never forget them.

  • These two girls have to learn to form new relationships with Mrs. Adams (the name their new caregiver has now) and the four other girls. It was hard for them to connect to Mrs. Adams at first or to even live with her (especially in Ella’s case). But, they have found someone who is like a true mother- who is kinda of used to this- after all, she is already looking after four other orphans. It is much much easier to Olivia and Ella to connect with the four other orphans since they can understand what they are going through. For some reason, the show helps the six orphans- “Greatest Discovery” is a t.v. show they have a dream to be on and still has not reached NYC- usually to get in, you have to get placed in a drawing eventually and the names who are drawn get picked- the cities change, but just hasn’t reached NYC, and what are the chances of all six to get picked at the same time?

Mrs. Adams (name for now-might change)- Right now, she might be the main other character I have some kinda of feeling for, as in created. She is really like a mother to all six orphans- they do live near Central Park. They not only spend time where they live, but throughout NYC as well. She is one of the main reasons why they got on “Greatest Discovery” in the first place–she noticed that somehow the scavenger hunt was helping them- that is what the show is- a scavenger hunt throughout a city. She does love these girls and wants to do what’s best for them. She ended up sending a letter to them- for a better chance of them getting in or else you have to go through the whole application and drawing process, which means it will be like trying to win the lottery. So Mrs. Adams acts as someone who is a mother- she makes them feel safe when they get scared and makes them feel loved-they went trauma no one should ever have to deal with. They lost their parents far too young.

La Bohème and Rent

I love both La Bohème and Rent- without La Bohème, Rent would NOT exist. That is because Rent is based off of La Bohème. How different is Rent from La Bohème-obviously both are sad, but there still are differences?

Characters: SPOILERS

Rodolfo vs Roger

  • In La Bohème, the main male character is Rodolofo. He does fall in love with the fragile and vulnerable Mimi. He is a poet. Many characters in La Bohème are living in poverty, are artists and are bohemians. He is living with Colline, Schunard, and Marcello.
  • In Rent, Rodolfo ends up becoming Roger. So, he is a struggling musician living with his best friend, Mark. He has HIV and is dealing with depression at the beginning of Rent after his recent girlfriend killed herself after finding out she has HIV (that is how Roger found out he has HIV). His main goal is to write one last song before he dies. He is kind of scared to enter a new relationship and is unwilling to leave the house.

Mimi vs Mimi

  • La Bohème is a tragic love story, so Mimi is the other 1/2. It is Rodolfo and Mimi’s story. She is the most fragile and vulnerable of the two. It is Mimi, who ends up dying- you know for a fact from the time Rodolfo met Mimi to her death that they had true love for each other.
  • In Rent, they do not change Mimi’s name- Roger and Mimi stay the main couple. They have a struggling relationship. Mimi is a drug addict, dancer, and has HIV. Mimi is what allows Roger to finally come out of his shell. They had love for each other all long- they are my favorite of all three Rent couples. I do think Mimi from Rent is the most fragile and vulnerable of all of them. She has a slightly different fate then Mimi from La Bohème- Mimi ALMOST died in Rent, but survived.

Marcello vs Mark

  • Like I already said, he lives with Rodolfo, Schunard, and Colline. He is an artist. In La Bohème, he is in a relationship with Musetta.
  • In Rent, Mark is the narrator and a filmmaker. He recently broke up with Maureen. He is one of those who does not have HIV, but still affected by it since he has to see his friends suffer from it. After all, Roger is his best friend and they live together-he actually has four friends who deal with HIV (Roger, Angel, Mimi, and Collins).

Schunard vs Angel

  • It took some time for me to figure out who was Angel’s counterpart in La Bohème, but soon figured it out. Angel’s last name was Schunard and Schunard in La Bohème did end up killing a parrot (doesn’t that sound familiar to the dog in Rent?). Schunard actually doesn’t even have romantic partner.
  • A major difference between Schunard and Angel is that Angel now has a romantic interest. He and Collins become a couple- those two make every moment count since they both have HIV. Roger/Mimi and Maureen/Joanne struggle and fight at times or go in and out of the relationship even though things eventually work out in the end. They are one of the few non-heterosexual couples I have seen in a musical.

Colline vs Collins (still feel like I barely know him in both)

  • The best thing I know about him in La Bohème is that he is friends with Rodolfo, Schunard, and Marcello.
  • Collins, in Rent, has HIV and ends up in a relationship with Angel. He is gay.

Musetta vs Maureen

  • Musetta, in some ways, does provide some moments of comic relief in La Bohème. She is crazy and in a relationship with Marcello. She can be a sweet person, but still crazy. She was sweet with Mimi when she was at her weakest. The craziness is how I was able to figure out her counterpart in Rent.
  • Maureen, is crazy-no joke about that. She is a performance artist and is in a relationship with Joanne, but she can’t help but flirt with other boys, which annoys Joanne. Maureen still has her sweet side-like when everyone thought Mimi was dying, you do see it and in other moments. She is bisexual.

( ) vs Joanne

  • Here’s the thing about Joanne, she has no counterpart in La Bohème. She was added to Rent. That is what allowed a third couple to enter-Maureen/Joanne are a couple, which is the most problematic couple in Rent. They are the two who are fighting the most. Joanne is a lawyer. Another non-heterosexual couple.

Bonit vs Benny

  • Bonit is basically a minor character in La Bohème, but he is the landlord of Rodolfo’s apartment.
  • What Rent did with Bonit is make him a major character. Benny still is a character and still the landlord of where Roger, Mark, and Mimi live (that is who lives there), but serves more as the antagonist. He actually is much more of a character in Rent than La Bohème.

Plot

There are some differences with the plot. Both are still sad.

Different time periods and locations: La Bohème (France-1830) and Rent (East Side of NYC-1980s or 1990s).

Disease change: Tuberculosis to HIV/AIDS- that had to do with time period change.

Number of relationships: 2 to 3: (Rudlofo/Mimi and Marcello/Mimi) to (Roger/Mimi, Angel/Collins, Maureen/Joanne)

Death: that changed. Mimi died in La Bohème while it was Angel in Rent. However, Mimi ALMOST died in Rent.

Animal- well, Angel (Schnauard) killed a parrot in La Bohème, and it was a dog in Rent

Antagonists-The Different Types

In any type of storytelling-there two chief characters, as in the two most important. They are your protagonist (main character) and your antagonist (who opposes the protagonist). With the antagonist, there are different types- it is assumed that ALL antagonists are villains, but not necessarily. What are the different kinds of antagonists?

Villains

The villains are what people associate with antagonists the most. They actually are the ones who tend to be power-hungry and are the most evil. They usually have dark plans and seek murder, overthrow a country, among other evil. They are the LEAST likely to redeem themselves. It is the hardest for me to have any sympathy or understand them. The villains seem to oppose the entire world they live in- they seem to seek to want to destroy it, so they oppose not just the protagonist, but several characters as in those that are good. Voldemort and Sauron are two examples- two dark lords.

Typical Antagonists

They are still people, but not so much on the evil side of things. Sometimes, it can be a bit easier to understand why they act the way they do. They still oppose they protagonist; just usually make their lives even more difficult. They have a much better chance of changing even if it doesn’t always happen. Sarge and Javert are two examples.

One of my biggest struggles in my book is HOW to make Sarge look like a typical antagonist on the page without making him look anywhere like a villain- after all, Sarge is from a children’s book- when kids think of antagonists- the word villain comes to mind.

Inner Antagonist

We have heard the phrase “man vs. self” conflict. When a book has that going on, then the antagonist is part of the protagonist. With the other examples, of course the protagonist might have some inner struggles, but someone is opposed to them, which is why they don’t have that inner antagonist. It is only in the man vs. conflict books that the inner conflict exists. So, that would make Scrooge kind of an antagonist since “A Christmas Carol” has that “man vs. self” conflict.

I believe my book, Greatest Discovery, will have the inner antagonist going on.

Conclusion

It is crazy to think about that without the antagonist, there would be no story. It is hard that different sort of antagonists exist- some are just villains, some are typical, and some the protagonist’s struggle where no one is against them. The antagonist’s job is to make sure it gets hard for the protagonist to reach their goal- some of the typical antagonists are assumed to be villains, which at times is not true.

1800s Shows- Part Two

Yesterday’s post did make mention of musicals and operas that I do love that take place during the 1800s. As the day went by, I realized I left one off-one that I shouldn’t have overlooked.

Oliver

How in the world could I have overlooked that Oliver was set in the 1800s? I knew the book, Oliver Twist, was set in the 1800s due to being written by Charles Dickens. The musical, Oliver, is based off of the book, Oliver Twist. Literally, this was one that I never should have forgotten was an 1800s musical. I like Oliver as a musical—I did see it once on stage (which I forgot) and did see the movie musical.

From the fun numbers like “Consider Yourself” to the eventual heartbreaking “As Long As He Needs Me”- it has a mixture of emotions. It has a strong story, a fun cast of characters, and fun dance numbers. It is actually one of those classic musicals that needs to be seen. It is classic in two ways: 1) for being a classic musical and 2) the book itself is a classic. So you would be exposed to be a classic novel by the musical.

Most of the 1800s shows I can think of are French- but only two are not. To summarize yesterday (including today): Les Mis, La Bohème, Oliver, Phantom of the Opera, and Newsies.

1800s Shows

What does Les Mis, La Bohème, Phantom of the Opera, and Newsies have in common? They all take place during the 1800s and they are musical shows (either a musical or an opera). All of them, but Newsies, take place in France. Newsies is the one looks out of place- it is Disney and takes place in Manhattan. However- Newsies still takes place in the same century as the other three. I do love all four shows- will try to explain below.

Les Mis

It is obvious by now that Les Mis holds a lot of meaning. Strong emotional connection. Tragic and inspiring storyline. Powerful, emotional, epic, and passionate songs. While a tragedy- still has its’ themes of compassion, hope, love, forgiveness, sacrifice, humanity, and redemption. The characters are so interconnected that they directly and indirectly impact each others’ lives. Les Mis is so carefully planned out that if you get of one small thing- even one tiny thing-the entire thing starts unraveling itself. Those songs are emotional to the point of getting goosebumps and reducing you to tears- that is what they have done to me.

Ovens Auditorium

La Bohème

This is an opera- but still fits under the umbrella of telling a story through song. La Bohème is the tragic love story of Rodolfo and Mimi set in France in the 1830s. The songs between Rodolfo and Mimi are beautiful and truly brings out their love for each other even in the end-no matter the complications that come up in their relationship, they always had true love for each other. La Bohème so far is my favorite love story despite it being tragic.

Belk Theater

Phantom of the Opera

Now, going further into the 1800s- as in late 1800s, we move into the Paris Opera House. This is truly a hauntingly beautiful musical. Phantom of the Opera is a love triangle found between Phantom, Christine, and Raoul. It is full of suspense, mystery, revenge, beauty, and love. While Christine and Raoul truly love each other, it makes Phantom not react well to his unrequited love, which makes it angelic and beautiful, but haunting. The music is haunting at times and beautiful at times-which fits perfectly into Phantom of the Opera.

Peace Center

Newsies

Yes, Newsies is a 1800s musical, and it is set in 1899 in Manhattan. It is about the Newsboys Strike of 1899, and yes this event really did happen. When Pulitizer raised the price of newspapers, the newsboys went on strike. Eventually, this event was known through the musical, Newsies. There are a lot of reasons why I love Newsies- the mind-blowing dance, the energetic and at times emotional songs, the characters, and the story.

I love the Newsies mostly Jack Kelly (their leader) and Crutchie, and part of that comes from their intimate and special bond. When you see Newsies, you will see dance that will blow your mind: it did win Tony Award Choreography, and you will understand why once you see the show. Due to it being a dance-natured show, it has to have energetic songs, and “Seize the Day” is my favorite song in Newsies (there is one moment, they are dancing on Newspapers). There are even more emotional songs (“Santa Fe” is a sad song). Eventually, once it had a tour, they added in “Letter from the Refuge”, Crutchie’s solo- it used to be just “Santa Fe”, that was sad, but “Letter From the Refuge” fits that too-now both are used for all productions. The storyline is so inspiring- the fact that these newsboys stood up for what they believe in, despite barely having much, and never gave up is incredible.

Belk Theater