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Twilight Sparkle, once a paragon of reading, math, and science, is sacrificed to a longstanding motif perpetuated by children's media - particularly Disney movies - where the female protagonist either is a princess or becomes one.

Becoming a princess is the highest and most desirable level of achievement for the main character, unless she is already a princess, in which case she can become worthy by finding a male she loves and marrying him after some ridiculously arduous trial and/or opposition from her family. (See also: Cadence.)

I’m going back to my Rainbow Dash corner, where everything is awe~some. From there I'll be happily watching the last episodes of the season, even if they happen to play into the damned princess curse.

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No, I do not think becoming a princess will change Twilight's personality or good qualities. My issue is more that she is becoming a "princess," something that is unattainable for most people. This is the role girls are expected to have access to.

Despite that, I still enjoy stories about royalty. They don't need to be banished. That's silly.

I posted this before the episode aired for a reason, and that was this might only be valid before it plays. (I'd love to look like an idiot and be wrong. The guessing game is part of the fun!) Nonetheless, the promotions claim that being a princess is Twilight's "destiny." If you consider how the media constructs gender identities beyond what happens in the final product, I still have a viable critique.

And of course most of this applies to people who are considered white in the United States. The dynamics of non-white princesses are different.
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I brought death near my own brother and my family. NOW DON'T YOU WANNA GROW UP TO BE JUST LIKE ME!
Welp, she's been a princess for half a season now. Not much has changed. She still argues with Discord, still helps out her friends, and still lives in the Ponyvile Library. So that's fun.
I agree with that
I'm a little tired of the influx of Princesses too. 
The season 4 opener written by Meghan McCarthy has a line that proves she never meant that sentence literally, it was just an acknowledgement that wanting to be a Princess is a pretty popular thing among little girls. Hopefully it's the end of her getting flack for this.
IniStrife Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The thing that bothered me most about it, was when it first was build up as be able to step the ladder further in a more spirited-way than as to see a princess as a ruler or something. Like she became from a student to a master by practice and learning, still stuff to learn but she mastered her element still.

Then the afterwards thing with miss America broke everything up! Seriously...the dollup barbie image princess next to an way more desirable state of knowlege and experience princess.....wanna make me facepalm all day >>
Is this why everyone was pissed off that she became a princess?
CrownePrince Oct 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Nah, just why I was irritated. People have a ton of different reasons for liking or not liking it.
p-e-n-g-y Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is really powerful and i dont even watch mlp

I have no problem with Twilight Sparkle being a princess but I do have to agree with you.  Not every girl wants to be a princess.  I'm one of those girls.  I'm a tomboy for crying out loud.  Everyone is different. 
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