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Lynda Loveland: Fantasy books - fantasy for whom?

Posted January 18, 2012

Lynda Loveland

Most of the books my four-year-old daughter reads are about princesses. You know the story: The princess is in some kind of trouble, which is eventually resolved and she lives happily ever after with a handsome prince.

Last night, I read her Barbie and the Three Musketeers. I’ve read it to her several times before, but last night I noticed something about it. Who is this book REALLY written for?

The book is about Barbie wanting to be a Musketeer. She couldn’t, so instead she became a maid for the handsome Prince. Once at the castle, she’s joined by three other beautiful Barbies, who are also maids. They are the red-headed Renee; Viveca, the raven-haired maid; and Aramina the beautiful brunette.

Do you see where this is going? Four gorgeous maids, one handsome Prince. Hmmmmmmmm. Barbie and the Three Musketeers

Well, Barbie aka Corinne, and her friends want to be Musketeers, so they practice secretly every day. They find out the Prince is in danger at the party that night so they team up to save him. They show up to the party dressed in very non-maid-like attire. They each have a beautiful, different color dress, glittery masks and high-heeled lace-up boots. With smiles on their faces, they beat up the bad guys. The Prince rewards them by making them Musketeers.

Take a look at the picture. It looks like every guys dream, surrounded by four beautiful maids in high-heeled lace-up boots! I get the whole girl power thing. I’m all for it. But this book HAD to be written by a dude!

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursday.


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  • DWH4sure Jan 19, 2012

    I think the point of the book is that girls can do anything guys can do - an important lesson for girls, but the illustrations aren't quite in agreement. The pictures show the girls all "dolled" up in their lace-up boots and frilly dresses, an image that doesn't really go with the lesson. However, in order to keep little girls' attention so they actually finish the book and LEARN the overall lesson, I think the illustrator had to show Barbie and her friends in outfits that Barbie would typically wear - hence the girly clothes. No, they wouldn't work for kicking someone's tail, but this is Barbie, and I doubt you'll ever see Barbie in a pair of steel-toed boots.

    No harm done, in my opinion.

  • JAT Jan 19, 2012

    and the Prince still goes for the blonde.....I know she's "Barbie" but couldn't one of her friends get a boyfriend or have a job sometimes?

  • country4ever Jan 19, 2012

    "It looks like every guys dream, surrounded by four beautiful maids in high-heeled lace-up boots! I get the whole girl power thing. I’m all for it. But this book HAD to be written by a dude!"

    I don't believe a child would have this response!!

  • country4ever Jan 19, 2012

    "Right, this is fantasy. I'm sure in real life Barbie and her friends would have divided their attention evenly between the prince, the janitor, the accountant, and the IT guy." Schpartacus

    BAZINGA

  • TeenDAD Jan 19, 2012

    Right, this is fantasy. I'm sure in real life Barbie and her friends would have divided their attention evenly between the prince, the janitor, the accountant, and the IT guy.
    Schpartacus
    January 19, 2012 10:41 a.m.
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    LOL ziiingggg.

  • br549znc Jan 19, 2012

    Read a different book.

  • pirategirl342 Jan 19, 2012

    In order to kick behind, these girls def needed a decent pair of boots and pairs, hair pulled back out of the way, and a shirt they didn't have to worry about "the girls" falling out of! ;)

  • Schpartacus Jan 19, 2012

    Right, this is fantasy. I'm sure in real life Barbie and her friends would have divided their attention evenly between the prince, the janitor, the accountant, and the IT guy.

  • TeenDAD Jan 19, 2012

    Generally speaking, books have an author if youd like to know for sure. I'm still trying to figure out what the point of this is.

  • jebar Jan 19, 2012

    Okay, I have to say that I am okay with the story line, especially because it was not uncommon for a prince to have many beautiful maids, but the pictures? Got to agree, thoses were drawn by a "dude"! whoareyou, I would have skipped the short, short dresses and the high heeled laceup kneehigh boots and given then no heal boots and pants of some sort... I mean how is one to fight in an outfit like that anyway?

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