by Taylor Coil
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Emma Watson announced Monday that she will be playing the starring role in Disney's new live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
We're really excited - for many reasons. Several of our team members are quintessential '90's kids,' meaning that two relevant things were integral parts of our childhoods:
- 90's era disney movies (we may randomly play The Lion King soundtrack at Freebooksy HQ on occasion... that's a normal thing to do in an office, right?)
- Harry Potter.
You see where we're going with this, right? The powerhouse woman behind the spitfire hero that is Hermione Granger is bringing another beloved story from our childhood to life.
So, there are pop culture nostalgic reasons for the excitement. Those are surface level. The real reason we're excited? Emma Watson in a Disney movie makes us think that Disney is further delving into feminist story lines.
Emma will likely inject a huge dash of female agency into a role that has massive potential. Belle is brilliant, literary, caring, and an adventure seeker - but there's the potential for her character to be spun as overly submissive to Beast. Emma Watson's casting makes us think that the 'brilliant adventure seeker' part of her character will be explored in earnest. Would the woman who gave one of our favorite speeches in modern history accept a 'damsel in distress' role?
You can look at Belle as a woman who sacrifices her agency and resigns herself to a life of domestication, or you can view her in this light:
We prefer the latter.
What do you think about Emma Watson as Belle? Are you as excited as we are? Tell us in the comments!
About the Author
Taylor is our Marketing Manager. She loves reading dystopians, generally depressing books, and any tome remotely related to food. You probably can't beat her in Harry Potter trivia, but you can try if you enjoy failure.
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