Shelli Rosewarne

Author of paranormal romance and fantasy

Hi all,

In a week where Emma Watson has been hitting the headlines for criticising the unhealthy image of beauty being portrayed by the media I thought it was an interesting subject to touch on. Like no doubt many other people I grew up on fairy tales and Disney movies – the beautiful princess meeting her handsome prince and living happily ever after. Perhaps it’s not that much of a surprise I ended up writing romance πŸ™‚

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But what about the plain princess who preferred to stick her head in a book (even Belle, who was always my favourite Disney princess was still the ‘most beautiful’ girl in the village), what about the girl who wasn’t a princess at all. Why did you never hear about her, didn’t she deserve her happy-ever-after as well? Did the princess have to be beautiful – or was she just always called beautiful because she was the princess? πŸ™‚

The heroines I find more interesting when I’m reading or watching something are the ones who don’t adhere to a ‘perfect’ version of beauty. Those who might be a bit quirky, who are too busy living their lives and often kicking-ass to bother with glam clothes or perfect hair and make-up. Those who are real and relatable to, who will make mistakes and probably muck things up at times but who you can’t help rooting for anyway. Those are the heroines that I love to read about – and the only ones that are fun to write about.
b19231fa17abf10b5309ee534c5b2b66I love this quote – it sums up a lot of what I look for in my heroines πŸ™‚ They can stand on their own two foot, fight for what they believe in – and the people they love. Their beauty comes from within. What do you think – what do you look for in a heroine, or what’s your beauty ideal?

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Take care now x

7 thoughts on “Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Day 2: B is for Beauty

  1. Laitie says:

    That was beautiful. I struggle with body image myself, and not just by looking at the media. Even other girls irl are prettier than me. But I like what you’re saying. What about girls like us? I mean, think about it. No matter what, the girl you wanna be is pretty. The girl that the guy wins in the end? She’s the most beautiful one. What about her best friend? Or, better yet, what about the not-so-pretty girl that never got any screen time? Doesn’t she deserve happiness, too? And it’s not like the guy -has- to be handsome. He could be just average and he still wins the beautiful, perfect girl. But in every situation, princess or not, the girl must be beautiful according to media/society standards.

    What do I look for? I don’t really know. I never really thought about it. Honestly, I just look for a heroine. Everything I can find is all about boys and it gets on my nerves. And now I realize that society has leaked its way into my own writing. I’m writing more about boys than ever before. (Though that could be a good thing considering I used to never write about boys) I just want a girl to save the world once in a while. Like Katniss in The Hunger Games. I need more heroines like that.

    1. Really sorry to hear that you struggle with that – it’s never a nice thing and it isn’t helped by constant media and society pressure. I think although there do seem to be more books around then there used to be with strong female characters then yup they do still seem to be in the minority! The joy of being a writer though – we can write our own πŸ™‚

  2. While I love Disney movies, I’m soooo tired of perfectly beautiful princes and princesses.

  3. Thank you for this awesome post! If more people subscribed to this idea, then I believe that gradually the tide of public perception would begin to turn.

  4. Steven Symes says:

    Beauty often comes from within. That’s not to say that we should all walk around like slobs, but I think too many women buy into the Hollywood image.

    1. Completely agree Steven. I think it’s so much more important to be comfortable in your skin and make the most of what you do have rather than constantly trying to chase an unreachable ideal put across by the media. Sadly it’s sometimes easier said than done!

  5. That’s a big thumbs up from me. Disney movies are terrible at portraying equality and strong women. Girls are constantly characterised as helpless – until they’re rescued by the man of the moment; kissed without their consent to bring them back to life; prepared to sacrifice what’s most important to them and change their appearance to be with a man…
    Sleeping Beauty? Jasmine? Chattels to be married off at the whim of their father. Cinderella raised from rags to riches not because of her brains but her physical beauty…
    None of them stand up to scrutiny and none of them rescue themselves. They are constantly judged only by their looks and their ability to simper and submit. Yuck!

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