Disney’s Happily Ever After: The Modern Story of the Missing Prince

As Bob Dylan once said, “The Times…They are a changin’.”

We blindly meet people on Tinder, Match, Hinge, etc, but not before googling, facebooking, and checking their instagram to see if they are the person who they say they are.Then we head on Yelp or Urbanspoon to pick a restaurant, we text our date and then call Lift or Uber to take us to meet, but not before activating a safe app to make sure we get home safely. If the date goes well, we take a picture with hashtag #firstdate and upload it to all our socials, but unfortunately that “likely” won’t stop us from uploading a text to http://www.hetexted.com to see if he really likes us are not. (I’ve tried it and the staff that are very kind).

Yet despite all the technological advances that are “supposed” to make finding “the one” easier, we have more single people than ever with people marrying later than ever and divorcing more than ever.

Yes….Times are a changin’ and so is the elusive “Happily Ever After” that was planted in us as children.

Cinderella, Ariel, Belle….All damsels in distress who were eventually swooped up by their princes.

It happened to them. Of course it will happen to me too!

But what if these stories don’t end the way we thought they did?

What if there were alternate endings?

What if Cinderella decided to keep the shoes and start her own house cleaning business? What if Ariel decided to work for Greenpeace instead of walking away from everything she knew to be a human princess? What if Belle said, “You’re a great friend, but I just don’t think we’re meant to be. You’re just too bossy!?”

What if Disney took the stance that love does not necessarily come from a “one true love.”

What if Disney took the approach that I have in this blog? What if they believed that love doesn’t always come in the ways that we think? What if they gave up on the conventional happily ever after?

Well….they did.

We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty, or at least I THOUGHT I knew the story. It was the same as all the others, only this time a princess pricked her finger, fell into a coma and didn’t awake until her soul mate kissed her. And of course he WOULD, because it’s just not Disney’s style to let the poor girl sleep forever.

However what I recently learned and what I want to share with all of you is the fact that our beloved Sleeping Beauty does have an alternate ending that goes beautifully with most of the posts that I have showcased here.

*Spoiler* to “Maleficent

I was preparing myself for an alternate road to the same story. Much like the premise behind Wicked, I knew that there was another story to how the evil godmother became evil, but found myself pleasantly surprised by the fact that the ending of “Sleeping Beauty” was different too.

The gist – Maleficient was a fairy that Iost her wings at the hands of a guy who she was in love with, because he wanted to be king. Yet instead of killing her, he took the most valuable thing from her, her wings. The story then becomes more familiar where the now king has a daughter, and at her baptism right before the last fairy gives her gift, Maleficent puts a curse on her. On her 16th birthday, she will prick her finger and fall into a sleep until her one and only kisses her. Maleficent used this curse, because she got jilted, became bitter and and does not believe in the idea of “the one.” (We have a lot in common). Hence, the princess will sleep forever.

The little princess grows up and throughout her childhood, Maleficent finds herself looking after her when the other fairies become lax. Maleficent becomes know as her fairy godmother and though she tries to reverse the curse, it is too late and true to its power, the princess pricks her finger and falls asleep.

The surprise part of this story comes when a prince that she likes comes by to kiss her only to find that even he can’t wake her up!

My thought as I watched this was, “Are you serious? This schmuck can’t even wake her up?! Where is the happily ever after?”

And just as I was getting ready to watch the parade of suitors from all over town venture to the palace to try to wake her just as the ladies lined up in Cinderella in hopes that the glass slipper would somehow fit their big feet, something amazing happened. Maleficent kissed her on the forehead and the princess woke proving what I have tried so hard to explain.

Love is everywhere. It just might not come in the way you think or from the person you think.

Disney got the message. Have you?

Who would have the power to wake you up if you were sleeping?

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J is a happily single 30-something currently documenting her stories of love and loss. Her blog, “I Quit Dating” features excerpts of her journey as she reflects on the lessons learned from the men she loved. A complete collection of essays detailing her walk away from finding Mr. Right in order to pursue a more fulfilled life will be self-published next year. She recently moved from Los Angeles to New York. Contact: iquitdating (@) gmail.com

14 thoughts on “Disney’s Happily Ever After: The Modern Story of the Missing Prince”

  1. Yay, you wrote what I had been thinking but didn’t know how to express in a long while. I especially felt that Disney got it after Frozen (I am not a fan of Angelina Jolie, don’t ask me). I personally think as far as relationships are concerned, there are ‘the ones” and not one person for you, otherwise, how do you explain people falling in and out of love daily like they were at a grocery store. For me, my mom and/or dad would definitely wake me up if I was sleeping. I just found your post and I hope to keep coming. love your write ups.


  2. Great post! Did you watch Frozen? (I know.. I am past the afe if cartoons… They are my guilty pleasure though 😦 ) I felt Disney really “got it” in that one!
    Happy New Year!!


  3. Wow. You’re totally right. I also don’t get why people think that pure ‘love’ can only come from ‘the one’. There is no ‘the one’. There is only something that can be built between people, be it members of family or friends or lovers. Love is not restricted to romantic relationships.


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