Thursday, January 23, 2014

Frozen: Why I Liked Elsa More Than Anna

Ever since being released last year, Disney's Frozen has been one of the most widely talked about and one of the most loved films ever. It should come as no surprise though, given how different the story was portrayed, and I personally think that it was one of the best movies in 2013, in fact one of the best Disney movies so far (if you have not watched it, you are really missing out on something big).

Anyways, as we all should have known by know, the movie is about two sisters, Anna and Elsa, and how they come to accept each other, and themselves, during the initial part of their lives. Now while the movie centered mostly on Anna and her love story with Kristoff, and how many of my friends seem to be more attracted to Anna, and to think that she would be their ideal girlfriend, I can't help but to be the odd one out and to pick Elsa over Anna.

source:  Royal Tarts (http://royal-tarts.deviantart.com/art/Elsa-and-Anna-GIF-4-Beautiful-427536920)



Don't get me wrong, Anna has a lot of positive qualities herself, from her optimism to her never-say-die attitude to her innocence and her naivety, and she may be the main character of the movie, but it was Elsa that I would vie for. Here's several reasons why:


1. Her maturity at a young age

Standing in direct contrast to Anna's innocence and naivety, who is eager to explore the world and to fall in love instantly, Elsa understood responsibility and is mature in how she handled things. Even though she was taught from young to shut out the world and not allowed any social contact with anyone, even the younger sister whom she loved so much, she did not lash out at her parents like any little children would. She understood perfectly well why she was shut out, and she accepted it without any complaints. Even after her parents passed away, she could have just opened the door and embraced her sister, now that her parents were not there, but still she stood her ground, doors closed, still holding on to her father's advice.

For almost ten plus years, she was able to endure the loneliness for the sake of her sister and follow the instruction from her parents, and that I find it most commendable. I'm sure in most of our case, our parents were already having headache with us at a young age, but Elsa's parents knew that they could trust her.


Source: Tumblr (http://elsa-queen-of-arendelle.tumblr.com/post/64443256289/inside-her-room-elsa-felt-awful-too-but-she)

2. Her sense of responsibility

Building on the previous point, even though her only source of comfort and guidance was gone, Elsa did not break down. For three years she held on, until the day of her coronation. I don't know about you, but to me, accepting the responsibility to rule a nation is no simple matter. It's something that requires an enormous amount of responsibility and leadership.

And despite her not very happy early years, Elsa did not shirk from her duties. She understood fully well that as the older sibling, she had to take the crown. You could see how nervous she was prior to the coronation, but despite that, she knew that she has a nation to lead, people to look after, and despite all the insecurity that she faced she became the queen. She could have taken the easier route out and gave the throne to Anna and go live her happy life, but she understood that Anna was not yet ready, which was why she took the crown.

And even after the coronation, she could have gone berserk and transform into an evil snow queen, but she didn't. When she found out that her powers were discovered, she didn't go "Bwahaha, now bow before me!", but instead ran away to protect everyone (not the best method, but the intention was there). I mean how many girls would choose to assume a position of incredible responsibility instead of having fun?

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3. She was not without her shortcomings

But despite everything all the responsibility and maturity that she portrayed, she was not without her flaws. She was afraid when she became queen. She ran off when her powers were discovered. She was insecure. She was fearful of her powers. And she was afraid to feel.

I personally loved this part of her, because it portrayed the human side of her. She has her emotions after all, not the ice queen that Anna may think she is on the outside. She merely chose to hide her emotions for the sake of what she thought was the correct reason. And it seemed to made her strengths stand out even more, because despite all her insecurity and fears, she chose to do the right thing, even though it may be more difficult.

Source: Fanpop (http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/elsa-and-anna/images/36165827/title/first-time-forever-photo)


4. She loves deeply

I think this point doesn't need to be elaborated. From the start to the end of the film, everything that she did, every pain that she went through, was because of her love for her sister. Sure love makes us do lots of irrational things, but it is those irrational things that stand in testament to our love. She was willing to undergo the pain of separation and loneliness because she thought that it was the best for her sister. She never blame her sister for the predicament that she is in, and at the end, when she found out that her sister was turned into ice, you could see how heartbroken she was. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what I think is true love. Just imagine how lucky the guy is to be loved by her.

Source: Tumblr (http://bloodydifficult.tumblr.com/post/72629491386)


5. She knows what is love

Not only does Elsa loves deeply, she is also not impulsive and knows that true love does not come easily. And that means that she would not immediately fall in love with anyone that she meets, and she knows what she wants in a guy. She is not desperate for love, and is willing to wait for it. Sure, it would be harder for guys to go after her (they actually need to chase her) but I find that to be okay because I don't believe that love at first sight exists, and all true relationships start from friendship and getting to know each other first. After all, who on earth marries someone that you've just met?

Source: imgur (http://imgur.com/gallery/zzK2Ruo)


6. She isn't afraid to kick some ass

And when situation calls for it, she can kick some ass. I mean she has an awesome ice power after all, and even with two trained guards going after her, she is able to hold her ground and not give in. She is able to fight for herself when the situation calls for it, and I personally find that hot. She's not a person you want to mess with, that's for sure.

P/s: There is also no need to be afraid of burglars, robbers or bullies too with her around

Source: The Daily Beast (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/29/disney-s-sublimely-subversive-frozen-isn-t-your-stereotypical-princess-movie.html)


7. She has a fun side to her too

She may be ice queen on the outside, but deep inside, she is also a girl that knows how to have fun when the situation permits it. Remember how she used to play with snow when she was young, and how at the end of the movie she created a sort of giant ice skating rink for all her citizens? In a way, she is not unlike Anna, who loves to have fun and enjoys herself. In fact, she does too, but chooses to focus on more important things when it needs to be.

So one does not have to really worry about her being too cool and all, cause she is just equally fun and playful inside, which I think is important cause if not your relationship will be a very very dull one.


Source: Tumblr (http://eccentricelsa.tumblr.com/)


8. And did you see her in her transformation during the Let It Go sequence?

I mean did you really see it? How can a guy not drop his jaws with such a beautiful woman as his partner? The way she walked, the way she tied her hair, THAT DRESS. Just OMGed.

Source: Beautiful In His Time (http://beautifulinhistime.com/2014/01/10/on-frozens-let-it-go-a-recovering-good-girl-speaks-out/)


And there you have it, 8 reasons why Elsa is totally my type of girl, even though Anna may be the lead character. She's much more mysterious, much more matured, and deeper in a way. And I feel that she's the type of woman that one should marry and keep for the rest of their life.


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