1. Fred Warren says:

    This explains the heart of speculative fiction better than anything I’ve read in a long time. Wonderful article, Chawna.

    Ah, Belle…perhaps the most literate Disney heroine (at least, the only one I can recall who gets within arm’s length of a book), and though she’s an “ordinary” girl, she’s probably the best-prepared of any of them when the extraordinary enters her world.

  2. Galadriel says:

    An amazing guest post, well-rounded and thought out.

  3. Excellent article, Chawna. I love the way you used that Bella quote to break down the aspects of speculative fiction that make it so appropriate for the Christian writer. Really an outstanding job. Thanks so much for passing your thoughts along.



  4. I’m glad I’m not the only one who enjoys Belle, Fred. She remains my favorite Disney heroine to date for many of the reasons you stated, and I think her ordinariness is what prepared her so well for the extraordinary–he who handles small things well can be entrusted with the larger.

    And thanks for the generous compliments, Becky and Galadriel. I feared this would be repetitive of what others said, many better than I. So I’m delighted you found something of value in it.


  5. Martin LaBar says:

    Pouring over studies? That would be interesting. Maybe poring?

  6. Angela Bell says:

    What a wonderful article, Chawna! I also love how you used Belle’s quote to break down the aspects of speculative fiction. So clever!

    P.S. Belle is my favorite Disney princess too. 🙂

  7. Peter says:

    It’s been years since I’ve seen Beauty and the Beast, so naturally, i have no recollection of Belle’s description of her favorite book. How perfectly it encapsulates the heart of speculative fiction. You did a very nice job of tying it into the Christian worldview to express its relevancy to those who may think otherwise. In particular, I liked the way you handled magic spells, a subject I think many Christians would struggle with how to treat this properly. Magic can tread a fine line in Christian fiction if not approached biblically.

  8. Thanks for stopping by, Martin, Angela, and Peter–even if I make the occasional spelling error despite proof reading my writing many times. :o)

    Magic spells is a difficult topic to handle, Peter, and Christians are right to be wary. But as you implied,  it can be handled in a biblical manner. But explaining all the intricacies of that would require another full post (or two or three). One of the days I’ll get around to posting about what I’ve learned…

  9. Thanks for the post. “Beauty and the Beast” is one of my favorite movies–both for Belle and for how the prince/beast sins by not helping someone in need (who as Jesus said is the same as refusing to help Him). Yet the beast repents at the end and his humanity is restored. As for Belle, I always thought her the most sensible woman the Disney studios ever created. She certainly had a more level head than any of the other gir;s did in B&N–or in any of the other films. And, as you said, her longing for strange places and (approved) magic helped her through the turmoil of her adventures. 

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