It’s hard for me to watch Brave because Merida’s dad reminds me a lot of my dad who passed away years ago. He looked like him before he got sick and his personality was a lot like Merida’s dad’s. When I first watched the movie with my sister I actually cried because it made me think of him.
I love Merida so much. I am incredibly happy being single, but I often feel like I live in a world where romance is prized over all other relationships. Merida reminds me to be true to myself and not to bend to what “society” wants of me. She makes me feel like I’m not broken for not wanting romantic love
I love Merida so much, for me she is the aroace icon I never had growing up and she is so special to me because of it.
As a Scottish person, Brave really struck a chord with me. I saw it in the cinema with my family and we all loved it. The scenery, dialogue, legends and music was a love letter to my country and I love that Pixar hired Scottish actors to do the voices. Just like Merida I was going through my rebelling against parents phase and I couldn’t believe how similar her relationship with Eleanor was. The Gaelic singing always has me close to tears. I hate that it gets called one of Pixar’s worst.
I have always had intense issues with my mother growing up and my father is my best friend. When Brave came out, I truly understood the mother-daughter relationship and the tension and anger each had in the film. My mother saw it with me in the theaters and I thought she would relate and see that there was a way to fix our relationship just like in the film where they came to an understanding…but when I asked her what she thought about the film she said “Merida should have listened to her mother from the beginning instead of being a ungrateful child.” That’s when I knew if she could not understand the message of a Disney movie, there was no help for us.
Merida was the first Disney princess I related to because she never wanted or got the guy. But I feel like my best friend stole my love for Merida because she dyes her hair red, she’s feisty lie Merida, and bought a Merida costume for Halloween. I know I shouldn’t feel like this cause I son’t believe it’s intentional, but I still feel crappy.
The scene in Brave where Elinor shames Merida for what’s on her plate and telling her she’ll get fat makes me cringe. I’m fat and my mother is tall and thin, and she berates me every time I go to make so much as a salad. I’ve had to hear my mom make fun of my weight most of my life. Let’s just say I can totally empathize with Merida.
On my first day of college, I put my headphones on and listened to Touch the Sky from Brave, as a reminder that yes, I will chase the wind and touch the sky too. But I failed college and ended up dropping out and now I’m doing nothing and I feel like I’ve let Merida down, because I didn’t touch the sky after all.
I have a Merida doll. Every time I argue with my mother, I watch Brave and put another braid in Merida’s hair. We argue a lot. But Brave makes it feel a bit better, that I’m not the first daughter to argue with their mother-even if my Merida doll has more braids than curls now.