To Think

Is there anything that is really impossible?

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” -Albert Camus

And Alice has counted six impossible things at breakfast everyday until she made them real. It was her rebellious act. I have believed the Cinderella’s body was totally realistic until I grew up to meet herself and saw her real waistline in AnimatedLand. I have idolise the way she looked like, and I admired many other princesses for the way they approached everyone and everything around them.

Alice in #wonderland

Being free could mean many things, but certainly not escaping what once was considered to be impossible to you. Your rebellious act could simply be telling the real body proportions from fiction and loving your own waistline. But it could mean that you need to take a step closer to yourself and work on yourself with your own opinion and likes/dislikes.

Let me know how you bring these two concepts together: impossibility and freedom of physical limits.

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To Think

Look at the mirror and appreciate

7 serious life lessons from adventure time

Adventure Time has always been a great inspiration for me, and this image actually summarises my point in writing my finishing project. Interestingly, one of my participants said the exact same thing about herself. This literally made me look in the mirror and appreciate the person I have become.

This is exactly what I am asking you to do today. Can you write your favourite feature about yourself? Let’s embrace ourselves because there are no other to be you.


Finn the human's photo:
To Think

Let’s celebrate who we are!

Why don’t we take this Sunday to ourselves? Thus, we could focus on what we want to do, and how we want to look etc. Maybe, you could find ways to achieve what you really want in your life just to be happy.

This little boy is the animated character I mentioned in one of my earlier posts. Little brother from Over the Garden Wall, he just looks like me so much! And he is such a brilliant cute boy, I think you should hear him out giving you suggestions to love yourself.

Write down your tips about how you feel more comfortable with your body, what changes your thoughts and feelings toward your own body?

When I don’t like what I see on the mirror, I drink a huge glass of water and look again with another pose!

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Stories of Animation

Why are there no prince stories?

It is not that easy to answer, to be honest. As the princess digs her ways up to the society to belong, the prince has all the power he strives for. Also, there are always many prince stories, but it’s quite rare to see a story talking about how hard it is for princesses. I pursued a dream of telling you some bits of how hard it is to be a princess, especially in a time of animations, where everyone is perfect! Today is the day that I will write about Giselle from Enchanted. It will get to the point straight forward.

Although it is a semi-animated film, it gives a good amount of understanding about how animated princesses could realize their surroundings and change their ways.

Giselle was a random Disney princess who found(?!) her true love which ended up not being true. The film included a naive princess, an evil step-mother, a knight in shining armour, a real-life man, a little clever girl, and a step-mother to be. Confusing, but still meets the expectations/structure of a traditionally animated fairytale. In this story, the princess is sent to the real world by the evil queen (Prince’s step-mother); and as we wait to see her survival journey, the princess stays positive and finds solutions. Even within her naiveness, she is very clever. The Prince (who is a total silly) comes after her, thinking she fell down to reality by accident. As the prince uses particularly unique ways to find his wife-to-be (aka the princess), the princess (Giselle who was insisting on prince’s love at first) realises that it is not the prince that she loves but the real-life man. At this spot, she finds excuses for not going back to her animated home. She finds happiness through realization, knowledge, and understanding. She gets happy because she can (finally) get angry, get out of tailored standards for her.

The prince is just a regular man whose story has been out in the world for a while, but Giselle creates her own truth, herself. She learns about human behaviour and applies them (partially) to her life with some help from the little clever girl. At the end of the story, we watch Giselle becoming a happy woman who owns her own business. She determines her own happily ever after by simply rebelling what was written for her.

Princes have always found ways out of the stereotype (if they needed) but princesses’ behaviour, actions, appearance have always been written in stone, they did not have the right to (or the capability to) find alternatives. Their story of individuality should be told.

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Stories of Animation

Writer’s Story: Winter is way too far away

“Ok, kiddos! Gather ’round! Got a story to tell ‘yah!”

How I loved fairytales, and how upset I became after their replacement with visual productions. So I decided to tell my own tale! The tales all women longed enough for their own happy ever afters where there was no necessity of any other individual. Happily ever after on their own! My story does not start with “once upon a time” though, I’m not a princess either. But as this is a fairytale, let’s start as it always starts!

Once upon a time, there was a normal girl who lived far far away. She had over reactions occasionally, and this was her only super power for a while. Her grandpa used to work far from home, so return of her grandpa was always an exciting and cheerful event. She knew that she was not a princess, but her grandpa was the guardian of her fairyland. He would talk about the gigantic monsters chasing young adventurers, the scary ghosts, fantastic palaces where princesses and sultans lived. For her, although she wished so much to be a part of those stories, she was aware that she was just herself, a normal human-being. As she grew older, her belief for those creatures only got stronger and she has lost her story times. She was a grown-up now, and was not allowed to believe in childish fairytales.

One day, she had to move out of her family’s home which turned out to be her life’s turning point, but she hasn’t known about it, yet.

Now, listen up! Very carefully!

At first, she felt lost, indecisive, scared, not knowing who she is, not liking he skin she was wearing, and most importantly, not knowing how to change it. She was feeling so desperately lonely as her friend Marina describes. And this loneliness, my friends, were her super-power.


Stories of Animation

Storytime: Princess Kuu

Also known and recalled as Participant 1 for my dissertation readers. Let’s look into her story:

Once upon a time but also not so long ago; there was a magnificent and dark palace in AnimatedLand. Everyone got scared to go near it, but the owner of this palace was a very heart-broken woman, and that was why she made this place so dark. Her name was Kuu (moon goddess in Finnish mythology), because she always wanted to touch the sky. She loved watching films when she was little, but was very upset that she was not as pretty as blonde Princesses.

One day, she decided to move to AnimatedLand where she could be whomever she wanted to be, but decided to keep her dark brown hair as it looked very unique. I was lucky enough to meet her in person when I was building my kingdom of animation, she has told me how she learned to appreciate herself with all the weirdness she carried. The reason why she was so upset and afraid was because of a man who constantly compare her with other women and princesses. That is how she started finding herself crying before the mirror, and that is how she gave up herself.

She started to imagine things, unreal things, and started to get to the edge. Started drinking a lot, not knowingly that her favourite princess Snow White does it quite often. When we met in a pub, she was devastated and asking to get rid of all of her extra weight, because she was happy that she looked so much like Cinderella. Vey kind, a bit naive, and dreamful.

As she moved near Cinderella’s palace, they both stopped drinking and started painting together. She later admitted that she never expected to see Cinderella as a short plump woman. Very strange how individuals change their opinions once they meet with people they idolise.

Two Sided Path of Fairytale and Animation

Good looking faces of a ​pre-assumed nightmare: Animated Character Inspirations

We have been discussing how animated characters could influence individuals in a negative way. But there is always the other side of the story. Today, I am going to take you on a journey into the light side of the woods. This side is the individuals’ positive aspiration and appreciation.

Because my world would be a wonderland

Although animated characters’ lives are not that fun all the time, their personaity of standing strong has influenced young women to hold and and empower each other. Any of animated characters (not even once) thought about their bodies as a limitation to their abilities, but this definitely was not about their thinness. Let’s discuss Moana, she is not slim, she can be considered very realistic actually. But yet, she manages to find her own ways, she is strong and independent, has willpower and is determined.

Features:  -Can be mounted to a wall or door, or stand by itself.  -Comes with an easel.  -Made in the USA.  -Matte finish.  -Solid corrugated cardboard construction.  Country of Manufacture: -United States of America

In my study, one of my participants made clear that she looked up to Moana for her behaviour and attitude. Even though they looked very similar physically, she found her personality traits very inspiring.

In fact, positive aspirations for animated characters’ personality traits are very often. But what about the physical appearance? Well, maybe not that usual, but animated characters can inspire young women about their body image toward celebrating and embracing it. Children feel very lucky and happy about their body after watching an animated film, but as they get older, it gets a bit tricky. They stop feeling related due to realness of characters which results in two ways: they either appreciate their body or they start seeking new idols to look up to. Interestingly, both of these actions clash time to time.

Which one do you relate yourself with the most? 

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