And so my raven-topped tree flies again. Merry, Merry, everyone. I hope your Christmas is…
FROM PRINCESS BUTTERCUP TO GENERAL ANTIOPE
It’s been a little over a week since I saw the new movie Wonder Woman, and I can’t stop thinking about fairytales and the evolution of myths, especially myths based on women characters, and what that evolution offers to us all.
In The Princess Bride, Robin Wright starred as Princess Buttercup, at the age of twenty in 1987. In this year’s Wonder Woman, Robin Wright plays General Antiope, the leader of the Amazonian Army of women, at the age of fifty-one.
I can’t stop thinking about how, In the course of thirty years across our culture and in the career of one female actress, the rescued becomes the rescuer, and inspires so many women around the world in that transformation.
I can’t stop thinking about how, sometimes, the Princess who needed to be rescued grows up to become the General of an all female badass army fighting for justice and love.
To me, that is the best ending to any fairytale, ever.