Apr 4 2014 8:21am

Which Fairy Tale Heroine Is Your Favorite?

There's something about a fairy tale, especially when it's brought to the big screen, that resonates with us in a deep, emotional way.

We all have our favorite fairy tales, and fairy tale heroines (and heroes), and so we thought we'd ask:

Which fairy tale heroine is your favorite? Which one's story resonates the most with you, and why?

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1. MNBonnie
Belle! Her love of books and her love of a growling/misunderstood Beast is my favorite trope.

Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I have to say, obvious though it is, Belle is my favorite, too. Although I prefer the Beast all growly, pre-change, than who he becomes after he's transformed (that might be obvious as well).
Jennifer Proffitt
3. JenniferProffitt
I think every bibliophile on here is going to say Belle. Sure the film has many flaws but still! But Beauty and the Beast has long been one of my favorite stories because of the transformative power of love (and loving a person who will stand up to you long enough for you to be transformed). It's just a good story. Much better than a prince who can only remember you because of your shoe size--it's actually one of the few Disney stories that wasn't all about love at first sight.
Good times.
4. DMFisher
Definitely Merida! "I'll be shooting for me own hand!" Love her sass and independent spirit.
5. willaful
The story "Toads and Diamonds" always resonated with me. I still have a weakness for "good sister/bad sister" sisters.
6. Oddthought
I truly love the way fairy tales are portrayed differently through the generations ESP in contempary abstract forms.

belle from storybrook's once upon a time more specifically the story of The beauty and the beast featuring Rumpelstiltskin is really I think the best remake of the story I've ever seen
Jennifer Proffitt
7. JenniferProffitt
@Oddthought, I really liked that they made Rumpelstiltskin the Beast, as well. I would love to see more re-tellings where the Beast is actually the Beautiful one and the Beauty is the one who is ugly on the outside. I'm sure there are books/movies like this already out there.
8. willaful
Jennifer, have you read Eloisa James' When Beauty Tamed the Beast? An interesting twist on the original.
Jennifer Proffitt
9. JenniferProffitt
@Willaful, Yes I have. I even wrote a post about it for H&H, I love it that much. I hear Nalini Singh has a similar setup with an ugly heroine as the beast that I've been meaning to give a try. I guess what I'm getting at is that I want MORE. I want a compilation of every BatB retelling that there ever was and I want to read it!

Mercedes Lackey also has a good retelling that I always liked.
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