So you might recall the earlier post that I did about Embracing the TROPES. That time I talked about “The Chosen One.” Today I’m going to talk about my second favorite and one that’s a bit more controversial. “The Damsel in Distress.”
Let’s start out with talking about Twilight. I enjoyed the
books first book even though I think Stephanie Meyers has some serious flaws as a writer (but hey! I’m unpublished and she has millions, who am I to criticize?). I hear recently she has actually published a Twilight in reverse. Life and Death. With a male protagonist and a female vampire. All to strike back at the witch hunters slamming her for the “damsel in distress”. (The book has so many flaws, I think D.I.D is the least one of them.)
But… w-wait?! I LOVE DAMSELS IN DISTRESS!! Call me old fashion, maybe a bit old school, but I like the story of the girl being rescued by the guy. What’s wrong with it? It’s romantic if nothing else. The damsel locked away in the tower and the male that can’t get to her until he’s overcome insurmountable odds (like slaying a dragon).
So to hear of a guy going to a few great lengths is highly amusing to me. After all… “face the fire breathing dragon or… just find another hot chick?” That’s a weighted choice, don’t you think? Very admirable of him.
Personally one of my favorite movies (as old school and laughable as I’m sure it is) is still Krull. And, you know, because I’m a Disney fanatic, I still think one of the most beautiful scenes is the waking of Sleeping Beauty. Snow White, too, has her moment.
Of course there’s nothing wrong with balancing out the trope. A bit of Princess Leia Star Wars flavored damsel-in-distress works, too. Of course Meg from Disney’s Hercules.
There’s a charm to having a guy saving a lady. I still appreciate a good damsel that is just a meek and mild tiny thing. Not EVERY BLOODY GIRL has to be strong. Guys can be the strong ones while the girls get to remain the thinkers and enjoy the safety of a guy’s arms now and again.
Though I think the best sort of stories are the ones like Beauty and the Beast. They save each other in equal parts.