It is infuriating how gross people are being about The Little Mermaid but it's a perfect time to remind anyone who's angry about the casting that the original story was how Hans decided to work through finding out the guy he had a completely unrequited crush on got married
"what if I had an opportunity to be with you by getting rid of your girl but instead I sacrificed myself for you both and it was so beautiful and touching that I immediately went to heaven" is honestly one of the top two author self-inserts of all time next to Charlotte Bronte's "what if my hot professor's wife died in a fire so I could marry him"
@checkervest honestly applying the original story to that context just makes me feel extremely bad for mr. hans
@checkervest incredible to me that so many people poo-poo self-insert fiction and then it's like hello have you read all these extremely classic stories that have become major cultural touchstones
@checkervest And, The Little Mermaid is based on an older story called Undine, in which the mermaid needs to marry a human man to get a soul. HCA didn't like the idea that someone's chance of immortal salvation was tied to a man, so he changed the ending so that the Little Mermaid becomes an air spirit and can earn a soul by doing good deeds. So it's also, "I sacrificed myself for your happiness, but I don't need a man to be whole, thank you very much *snaps*"
@checkervest Let's not forget JKR's "what if I did absolutely nothing wrong and people were really mean to me on the internet"
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