Viewpoint: Her Royal Highness, Inc.

We all, it seems, love Cinderella. look how many zillions of dollars Disney has made repackaging the theme of pretty-but-unusual-girl-gets-lucky: handsome prince marries a sea creature (The Little Mermaid), handsome prince marries maiden who's been dozing for a hundred years (Sleeping Beauty), newly handsome prince marries bookworm with eccentric dad (Beauty and the Beast), and even an ersatz grrrl-power variant, handsome princess marries thief with heart of gold (Aladdin). Funny, though: the curtain falls at the wedding. The implicit message is that the chase is more exciting than the prize. Afterward, you're just married, even if you do get to order...

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