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.