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Anti-Elsanna

If you know and like Frozen, especially if you’re as fond of it as I am, chances are you’re aware there’s an “anti-Frozen” fandom. If you regularly hang out on Tumblr, there’s no way you can’t know. They call themselves the “antifreezeteam” and they’ve got quite an attitude, particularly that they own a certain portion of the site. They believe they have the right to dictate who can and can’t post in certain areas on the site. They also seem to think “good” and “bad” are factual, not subjective and born out of opinion. I don’t have an issue with their dislike/hatred of the movie. Heaven knows the amount of movies I don’t like. I have an issue with their attitude.

I’m not anti-Frozen (duh), but I am anti-Elsanna, though I don’t scream about it because I find it easier to just stay away. I don’t like incestuous ships. However, I’ve got a particular issue with the Elsanna fandom.

I know the internet is a world of craziness and insanity. Believe me, I don’t come to the internet with the expectation of finding common sense. Thus, I’m well aware there are thousands of weird ships out there. That’s fine. The reason I particularly dislike the Elsanna fandom is because many, if not all, of them insist Elsa and Anna having a romantic relationship is canon when it is not.

I have seen these people insist Elsa and Anna are romantically in love because they so much as looked in each other’s direction. I don’t know about anyone else, but I find the idea of merely looking at your sibling being considered a sign of romantic feelings for them to be disturbing.

There also seems to be the idea if you do something nice for someone, it means you are in love with them, especially if what you’re doing for them is a big thing, like the surprise birthday bash Elsa throws for Anna in Frozen Fever. Again, I find that idea disturbing. What about parents who throw lavish birthday parties for their kids? Up until we got tired of and outgrew them, my mother always threw huge parties for my sister and I on our birthdays. We always had a ton of presents on Christmas. I’m certain my mother has no romantic feelings for me or my sister.

According to some of them, Elsa and Anna are “too close” to be siblings and it’s not normal. My sister and I used to share a bed, occasionally with our mother. If we were still living together, we’d still share a bed. My best friend and I have accidentally fallen asleep on her bed before and we did not wake up in horror when we realized that. I have no romantic feelings for them and I know they have no romantic feelings for me. In fact, I’m certain any of them would look at me like I just grew a second head if I dared to suggest such.

Then, there’s the idea Elsa and Anna’s relationship is romantic because the movie is essentially about Anna trying to fix her broken relationship with Elsa. I’m pretty sure all kinds of relationships are capable of becoming damaged and in need of repair. Sadly, families can become dysfunctional. That’s essentially what leads people to estrange themselves from toxic family members. Some people try to fix their family relationships before giving them up entirely and why not? Cutting a family member, or multiple, out of your life can be a big deal and it’s not always as simple as a snap.

If Elsa and Anna were a canon lesbian couple, Disney would’ve been announcing it long before the movie ever released! They would’ve been treating it like the greatest thing since sliced bread and plastering it everywhere. I recall them doing that for Tiana, making a big deal out of her being the first African-American princess. You can’t tell me they wouldn’t do the same Elsa and Anna if they were a couple instead of sisters.

Sure, there are other ships I don’t like. In fact, the only ship I do like is Kristanna (though I’d be a fan of Hanna if Hans weren’t evil and I didn’t hate him). But I only see that extreme from the Elsanna fandom. Just like I don’t have a problem with the anti-Frozen side’s hatred of the movie, I don’t have a problem with the Elsanna fandom shipping Elsa and Anna. I’ve got a problem with them insisting it’s canon when it’s not and I take even bigger issue with their idea siblings wouldn’t even look at each other unless they were in love.

I’m not even going to get into the matter of Anna telling Elsa she loves her because I’ll end up going on all night with that. All I’m going to say is if “I love you” is now reserved solely for romantic relationships, that’s news to me.

As much as I’m against Elsanna, however, I don’t want to be a part of any group for them. By default, that’d result in being associated with anti-Frozen and it’s plainly obvious why that’s a bad idea.

Now, all of the above said, I do not hate the Elsanna fandom and I do not agree with the following.

I don’t think Elsanna shippers are bad people. Yes, I believe they have some disturbing views about siblings, but overall, I don’t believe they’re bad people. I believe they’re more like well-intentioned extremists. Above all, Elsanna is nothing more than a fandom and a ship, and one of thousands in existence across the entire internet. There are many worse things. Now, if they start pushing people to become romantically entangled with their siblings, I’ll agree they are trouble, but to my knowledge, they don’t do that.

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Anna’s Memories

When King Agdar and Queen Idun took Anna and Elsa to the trolls for help, Grand Pabbie erases Anna’s memories of Elsa’s magic to be safe, believing it’d help prevent another incident. This is something I’ve never understood and it’s one of the things I do not like about the movie. While I understand wanting to take precautions, this later only served to make the matter more difficult, not less.

The only guess I’ve ever been able to come up with is it being assumed erasing Anna’s memories would prevent her from asking Elsa to “do the magic”. However, no one took into account it wouldn’t stop Anna from frequently asking her sister to play with her and as Do You Want To Build A Snowman proves, it certainly didn’t. If one thing can be said about Anna with certainty, it’s that she’s persistent.

However, if the sisters were going to be separated, it still seems useless to have erased Anna’s memory. Either way, she was going to ask Elsa to play with her, so what difference did it really make? This precaution was unnecessary.

There’s also the possibility it was to erase trauma from her mind. We saw how heavily the incident weighed on Elsa. Perhaps it would’ve weighed just as much on Anna’s shoulders, especially since it came out of recklessness (her not slowing down when Elsa was telling her to). That may make the decision to erase Anna’s memory a little more understandable, but couldn’t Grand Pabbie have just removed that particular incident if that was the case? No trauma and everyone can just explain to Anna (and Elsa) she needs to be a bit more careful when playing.

Perhaps I’m simplifying this too much? I’ve always thought their childhood incident could’ve been handled so much better. Of course, parents (and grand-trolls) aren’t perfect and everyone makes mistakes, so that’s a bit of a silver lining for me. Getting to see that parents aren’t perfect. Perhaps if Anna and Elsa’s parents had a second chance, they’d do things differently.

Seven Reasons Why Elsa and Anna Are Luckier Than Real Sisters

One of the reasons I love Frozen so much it’s a movie about sisters. I am a sucker for movies about family or friend relationships, especially between sisters or mother/daughter (which is why I’m also a big fan of Brave and TLM 2, but this blog isn’t about those). Elsa and Anna even have the same age gap I do with my sister.

But for me, having a sister was nowhere near as glorious as it was in Frozen. I envy their relationship because mine with my sister’s was nowhere near that close. Oh, sure, we loved each other, but we didn’t love being around each other.

Disney gives us seven reasons Anna and Elsa make us wish we had a sister. I’m going to you seven reasons theirs are a myth.

“You always have a built-in playmate.”
Reality: Biggest lie ever.

The only way my sister and I played together is if we were forced to and we certainly didn’t play happily. Something said about siblings in real life is having a sibling teaches kids to share. I beg to differ. My sister and I did not willingly share anything. Even if something was given to both of us, we fought over who it belonged to. I did not have a built-in playmate. I had a built-in sparring partner.

“Protecting each other comes first, no matter what.”
Reality: From everyone else, yes. From each other? Ha!

If it ever came right down to it, even if it was just teasing, my sister and I had no trouble defending each other. When it came down between us, however, all bets were off. The rule was, “She’s my sister! Nobody beats her up except me!”

“Matching likes and dislikes”
Reality: Opposite likes and dislikes

For some reason, liking something pretty much guarantees my sister dislikes it and vice versa. Not even simple stuff like particular movies, but entire categories. I love animation and think it’s a gorgeous art. She hates animation and thinks it’s childish and useless. She loves romance novels such as Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey while I can’t stand such and they make me feel sicker to my stomach than undercooked chicken. The only dislike we have in common is the dislike of each other’s existence.

“Heart-thawing is always an option.”
Reality: Only if someone else did the freezing

Alright, this one isn’t totally a myth. If the situation ever arose, I’d have little hesitation in laying down my life for my sister. Right after I kill the person who endangered her life in the first place.

“You can learn from each other.”
Reality: Nothing good

Seriously. The only thing my sister and I learned from each other is we would’ve preferred being only children.

“Double the wardrobe”
Reality: Nobody’s sharing!

The devil’s flames would’ve risen if I ever caught my sister wearing any of my clothes, and the reverse is also true. We did not like to share anything. Not clothes, not food, not toys. If we could’ve avoided sharing our mother, we would’ve done that too.

“Ice-skating parties on the regular”
Reality: Fight parties on the regular

This needs no explanation. Fighting was what we did best, particularly with each other.

And you know what? Despite that I see her as the spawn of the devil, I will always love my sister. Yeah, I would’ve preferred being an only child, but I’m stuck with her and I’m going to keep her. Besides, she was good for one thing. Somebody had to eat the dinner food I didn’t want, after all. đŸ˜‰

“Just Tell Her!”

I’ve seen a lot of people wonder why Elsa didn’t eventually tell Anna about her powers and explain why she didn’t want to be around her. I do agree. Things probably wouldn’t have gotten as complicated if Elsa had spoken up. However, I have a(n in-universe) theory on why she didn’t.

First off, the trolls erased Anna’s memories, believing it would further help keep both sisters safe. If Elsa tried to tell Anna what happened, she would’ve had difficulty making Anna understand because Anna had no recollection of Elsa’s powers and thus, the incident that led to Elsa’s paranoia.

Support: When Elsa does reveal does her magic, Anna only knows half of the problem. She only knows that Elsa has powers, not that those same powers almost critically injured her thirteen years ago. She doesn’t know it’s a specific incident that led to Elsa’s withdrawal, not the mere fact that Elsa has powers.

Also, it was Elsa’s parents’ choice to separate the sisters, not Elsa’s. Elsa was eight years old. She could’ve been convinced that this one incident didn’t have to lead to total isolation from her sister, but her parents thought otherwise. By the time Elsa was old enough to finally speak up about it, she may not ever have considered it because it’d already been a secret for so long. We also don’t know if Anna ever tried again after that attempt when their parents died. For all we know, it could’ve been the last time Anna knocked and if she had finally given up, it may have been more reason in Elsa’s mind to keep quiet. If Anna’s not knocking anymore, what’s the point?

In short, I think it was just a combination of the memory erasure, her parents’ decision, and time passing that made Elsa overlook the idea of ever telling Anna about her powers.

While it wasn’t the wisest decision, it’s not a strange one. People keep important secrets from each other in real life all the time for a variety of reasons. Heck, my birth was kept a secret for some time! Eh, that’s life.