I have truly awesome friends. One of those friends, A.R. Campbell, was talking about how annoying it was that people were claiming Frozen featured the first princess not motivated by a man. Running with this like I was the Hamburglar, I thought I would share with you my take on what motivates a princess.
Aurora - Baby's christening leads to evil fairy holding a grudge because she didn't get an invite (I LOVE THIS VILLAIN!). Evil fairy curses baby. Baby is raised by good if absentminded fairies, and falls to curse anyway. Is rescued by her true love.
Ariel – Teenage mermaid is in love with the surface world, and falls for a human prince. Her dad destroys her stuff, and she makes a deal with a sea witch. The deal goes awry, and Ariel, Dad and Prince each sacrifice to help the other. Ariel's Dad relents, and turns her human.
Belle – Nerdy bookworm discovers her father has been kidnapped by a beast. Trades herself as a captive, learns the beast is more than he appears, and slowly melts his cold heart. Only by loving the beast for what he is, does she find out he’s really a handsome prince.
Pocahontas – Tree hugging hippie must save her people from ruthless invaders. Accomplished mostly by singing. Unites the two warring people by love, and helps to foster understanding between her people and the newcomers.
Tiana – Ambitious young woman wants to start her own restaurant, and meets a talking frog who claims to be a prince. Kissing frog turns her into a frog as well. Defeats a witch doctor, marries a prince, and gets her restaurant.