What a month. Book and Movie Reviews, Teens Can Write Too! Blog Chain, a myth, discussion and debate, and lots and lots of princess talk.
Yet, after all this time, I haven’t even mentioned my favorite princess. Have you ever heard of the movie Willow?
If not, you’re about to.
Why Sorsha is my Favorite Princess (Top 5 Edition)
If you’ve never seen Willow, here’s a short recap: It is said that a baby girl with a mark will be responsible for the downfall of the evil Queen Bavmorda. When she is born she falls into the care of Willow, a Nelwyn, who must take the baby to Tir Asleen where she will be protected by a good king and queen. Sorsha, the queen’s daughter, is sent to find the baby and return her to the queen, who will send her to the netherworld. Willow must rely on his friends, Madmartigan and the Brownies, to protect the princess, but if he is to save the baby, he will have to take the last steps alone.
1) Sorsha battles :: first and foremost, Sorsha is a warrior, and is like, the only woman in Bavmorda’s army. Obviously, this is a little sexist, but it’s a testament to Sorsha’s strength that she still can duke it out despite the prejudice against her.
2) Sorsha struggles :: the choice is between her mother, to whom she has always been loyal, and a baby, and the people who guard that baby. Such a choice is easy so long as the baby is faceless, but when Sorsha is captured and becomes more friendly with Madmartigan, she seriously has to reconsider her choices—and I do so enjoy character arcs.
3) Sorsha gets skeptical :: Madmartigan has an unfortunate episode wherein he accidentally falls in love with Sorsha. Sorsha wants to trust him, but she doesn’t immediately fall for him. Her romance never takes center stage (Gold star for the lady). Still, I guess it’s impossible to avoid that kiss in the middle of a battle.
4) Sorsha is kind of ruthless :: there are many warriors who are ultimately good, but here I’m not entirely sure. Even though she switches sides, she has a cruelty in her wrought from birth, it would take some time for her to leave that mindset behind.
5) Sorsha accepts challenges :: multiple times the odds are against Sorsha, and she is unfazed. She’s set up to become a queen and is thrust into a family—with people she met not too long ago. Not everyone makes a good insta-parent, and those who have that strength are completely cool.
And, for the record, Sorsha rocked the curly red hair long before Brave ever came out. Someday I will explain in full detail as to why Willow is my all time favorite movie, but in the meantime, satisfy yourselves knowing Sorsha is awesome. Because she is.
Who is your favorite princess? Why?