Frozen meant so much to me when it first came out, and it still does. I would tell my friends that I was going to have a “coronation” for my 21st birthday since Elsa is supposed to be 21 in the first film. Well, my 21st is just around the corner and I’m having a conjoined Disney themed party. I’m dressing up as Elsa during her coronation. I’m so excited!
TRIGGER WARNING- ABUSE, RAPE: Elsa running at the waves in the trailer for Frozen 2 nearly gave me a panic attack. When I ran away from my physically abusive, rapist husband, he followed me, and I had to jump off a bridge into a lake near our house and swim until I got away from him. A man nightfishing found me and took me to a shelter, but I nearly drowned and had to go to the hospital for hypothermia. Seeing the trailer reminded me of all that fear I felt that winter night. I can’t stop rewatching it. I don’t know why.
I know the internet is full of people complaining about frozen 2 but my daughter is albino and sees herself in Elsa. For her, Frozen was inspirational and got her to try new things like ice skating and rock climbing and just socializing in general. Her ninth birthday us the day after Frozen 2 comes out. I’ve already gotten us tickets. I don’t care that the internet has decided liking it isn’t cool-it means the world to her and that’s enough for me.
My little sister has been struggling with depression and self-injury. I’ve been trying to convince our parents to let her go to therapy, but until then, I’ve been hanging out with her everyday to try to make sure she knows she’s loved. Frozen is her favorite movie because it gives her hope she can get better. And I promised her that no matter what happens, we’re going to see Frozen 2 together. I have to take care of my Elsa. As Anna said, “We can face the storm together.”
A lot of people who’ve been through abuse say they relate with Elsa, but for some reason, I relate with Anna more. We both have been isolated, emotionally neglected and shut out by people who were supposed to love us. I’m not saying Elsa wasn’t, but seeing Anna fight back, still be okay with opening her heart, and still remain happy in spite of it really inspires me to be like her despite everything I’ve been through.
My name is Elsa. I absolutely rue the day Frozen came out, because ever since 2013 I’ve had to deal with every possible joke you can think of about “letting it go” and “using my ice powers.” I didn’t hate the film when it came out but the jokes have been driving me insane and I can’t even with the damn movie anymore. It’s making me miserable, and I’m sure this time next year when the sequel happens it’ll start all over again.
This is such a little thing but it really bothers me when the unmarried princesses wear tiaras, traditionally tiaras are only meant to be worn by married women and it’s something that still exists in modern royal families. However it annoys me even MORE that Elsa was coronated with a tiny tiara and not a crown like a Queen should have!
I relate to Princess Anna because I too have had to live in my older sister’s shadow. My sister is a lot older and was a prodigy in school. I’m not nearly as good as she was at anything. I had to miss my 14th birthday because it was the same day as her graduation from Yale. I only got in to community college. I don’t see how Anna is never jealous of Elsa. I always wish I could be someone other than “____’s little sister.” I’m just not gifted or special. I don’t have “magic powers.”