I just went to the movies and saw Maleficent.  I liked it.  I think it is rather scary for little kids, but that’s besides the point.

Maleficent was a spin on the Sleeping Beauty story.  As Gregory Maguire  in his book Wicked, tells the story of The Wizard of Oz  from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West, Maleficent gives us insight into the “evil” queen who puts a spell on Sleeping Beauty.

What I found most interesting is that little girls came away from Sleeping Beauty with the idea that Prince Charming would sweep them off their feet and rescue them with a kiss…  Uggh, several generations of girls were lead down the primrose path.


—Spoiler alert, if you haven’t seen it, and you plan to, you may want to stop reading now and bookmark this post until after you see the movie —

In Maleficent the take away is that while true love does exist, it is not the same as romantic love between a man and a woman.  True love is much deeper than romantic love.  Romantic love is fleeting, but true love is forever,  And only true love can awaken the soul of the beloved and allow her to reach her full potential…And Prince Charming isn’t going to save the day!