First, I'd like to admit that, yes, I am way behind the curve on pop culture.
My four year old daughter, like all four year daughters everywhere, has become a Frozen fanatic. She can sing all the songs from heart (and in tune). She is planning her fifth birthday with a Frozen theme.
None of this is particularly unexpected, but the one aspect of the Frozen phenomenon that I find puzzling is ... Elsa.
Or as the kids say Elsa, Elsa, Elsa, Elsa [pause for breath] Elsa, Elsa, Elsa, Elsa.
Notice there is no Anna in there, or Christof, or Sven, or even Olaf. The only character that matters is Elsa.
I've watched the movie. Elsa is not the main character, Anna is. So what gives?
Is it because Elsa sings the all-time, galaxy-wide, more-powerful-than-crack hit "Let It Go"? Is it because she can create a fabulous ice castle out of thin air? Other than that, as a character, there's not a lot there. She has fewer lines than a talking snowman and less personality than the reindeer.
It got me wondering, have I been going about building characters all wrong? I always thought it was about growth, and emotion. Sure Elsa has those, but to a lesser degree than other characters in the same movie. Is it really as simple as slapping a super power on someone? Obviously not, as there are plenty of failed super hero characters. So what is it about Elsa that stands out?
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