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The holiday season is drawing to a close and I am here to share our team’s collective Christmas haul of geeky gifts from this year. Kris put one together last year, which you can check out here. As she specified in that post, we’re not trying to brag… we realize that we are all very lucky to have received these gifts from awesome friends and family. We’re just sharing this because it is fun and might be useful for your future geeky gift needs. So read on for this year’s Fangirl Christmas Haul!
Adult Colouring Books
Adult colouring has never been more of a thing than it is right now, and I think these were the gifts of the season – no one’s Christmas haul will be complete without one. Kris and I received a multitude of colouring books between the two of us, and we are excited about every single one. I know that many of these are from Chapters (you can check out their selection online here). In addition, the uColour Mandalas book in the picture is from Beyond, A Junior Achievement Company. 25% of proceeds from purchases of this book go to Kids Help Phone, which supports the mental and physical health of young people. A friend of ours has been working with this group, and when she sent this book to Kris and I it was the perfect gift. Basically, 2016 is going to be the year of colouring in my life.
If you’re not up on adult colouring, get with it! It’s most definitely a thing… and you can read all about it in Kris’s post Adult Colouring is Cool… Thanks Science!
Kris is just into the UK and all things British, from London itself to pop culture phenomena. She received many gifts to go along with this theme, including an amazing giant Doctor Who painting, a collection of Sherlock Holmes puzzles (to keep her on her game), a London mug, and a necklace in the shape of the London skyline (I’m not sure if this is the correct one, but I found something similar here, after a quick search on Etsy).
Princess Stuff (But Mostly Frozen)
Princess stuff is always in, and I like Frozen in particular. I received some printable Anna and Elsa cut-outs, Frozen-themed toothpaste, Frozen tape, and an Elsa ornament that sings “Let It Go”. Kris got Frozen lollipop rings and an Anna Pez dispenser. To bring it all away from Frozen for a moment, she also received princess-themed cookie cutters, so she can make cookies for her two best friends (Me and Justine). All in all it was a collection of things that didn’t necessarily need to be Frozen-themed but were, which made them awesome.
Fangirl Fashion Items
So these items are strictly fandom-themed in any way, but they just seemed like items that should be included in this post. Kris got me a pink tulle skirt as the final gift in my advent calendar this year, and I absolutely adore it. I also received a beautiful bronze sequinned top. I actually wore these two together for New Year’s Eve… it might be a little much for real life, but the combination was perfect for being a fancy person on NYE.
Game of Thrones Ornaments
Kris and I each received these ornaments from some friends. I just love the idea of having a tree absolutely chock full of funny and geeky decorations! Mine is the Targaryen one as I like to cosplay as Dany and Kris does Sansa so the Stark ornament is the perfect fit (though she is more a Lannister at heart). If you want more info on either of our cosplays, you can check out Justine’s tutorials on either my Daenerys outfit or on Kris’s Sansa (though she’s pu together a new outfit since this was written).
Nerdy Board Games
Board games are awesome, and the best ones are the nerdy ones. I recently wrote a post on this topic: December High Five: Board Games You Should Be Playing. Pandemic was already included on that list (because it is SO FUN), and Kris received not one but TWO expansion packs for that game for Christmas. Can’t wait to test those out and save the world from even more intense diseases. She also received a copy of SmallWorld, which I don’t know much about but know that I will love, based solely on looking at the box.
Owl Stuff (Because Obviously)
I’ve been into owls for awhile now and most of my family and friends know this. They’re just so darn cute! I can’t wait to wear this adorable toque during all sorts of winter adventures. And though the socks are a little much, I’m sure I’ll find ways to work them into my Hipster Folk Princess wardrobe.
Geeky Reading Material
We received all sorts of fun reading material this holiday season, as per usual. Between the “Girl Power” comic book pack (as Kris calls it, since it includes three of the most awesome female superheroes today), a Collector’s Edition of US focused entirely on the Hunger Games, Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies Cookbook, TIME’s Year in Review issue, and a copy of A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, we are basically set for before-bed reading for the next little while.
Star Wars Stuff (Because It’s the Fandom of the Year)
Yes, this is the fandom of the year as voted by our team – you can check out our other favourite fandom things this year in Kris’s recent post: My Fangirl Life 2015 Fandom Awards. The Storm Trooper mug was from the company I am currently contracting with – I guess they discovered just how much of a nerd I am. These William Shakespeare Star Wars books came from my brother, who I’m not sure has ever purchased a book in his life before this Christmas. Needless to say, I was touched that my friends and family latched on to my current love for Star Wars. But how could they not? I mean, they all saw my interview on CTV Edmonton...
A Cardboard Cutout of Harry Styles
And last but not least, Kris and I got this masterpiece for Christmas this year. And it was from Justine. Basically, she won. This was the literally the perfect gift (for us, at least… probably not for most people). Because we love our Harry so much, we’ve launched a #HarryoftheDay campaign on Twitter. Check it out by clicking the hashtag or visiting us at @Fangirls_Online. I know you’re all really curious about what Harry is up to at our apartment, so luckily you can easily keep up this way!
What fun and nerdy fangirl gifts did you get this year? Share in the comments – we’d love to hear about your Christmas Haul!
Guys, I’m worried we’re being too judgmental. I know it’s a lark hearing that come from me, of all people. I love judging people… and things… and situations… But today I implore you to keep an open mind as we take a walk in someone else’s shoes. After all, things aren’t always what they seem and you should never judge a book by its cover (and other clichés). As someone who is basically living the villain life (Villains Gotta Vil, Yo!) I feel I have a unique perspective on people (and characters… mostly characters; I’m not good at people) and their motives. So I stand before you today to say:
Hans really isn’t so bad… except for the murder-y bits.
Gifs from PunzelAnna
I mean, he’s charming and attractive. Great on horseback. He has a lovely singing voice and an affinity for sock-sliding down hallways! Not to mention his superb fashion sense. He’s everything Prince Charming should be… except for the murder-y bits. Yes, Hans got a bit overzealous in his attempts to find a kingdom to call his own; I recognize that. But who’s to say that’s his fault? We still like Anna, despite that fact that she’s pretty much insane, with basically zero people skills. Not only does she want to marry a man she just met, she also leaves the fate of her kingdom in that same man’s hands while running off to almost certain death in the icy wilderness. She’s careless, gullible and lacks all forethought. Yet we all love her, calling her spunky & fun-loving and blaming everything on her guarded & sheltered upbringing. So why are we putting all of the blame on Hans?
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Instead of prosecuting him in Arendelle, Anna & Elsa ship Hans off to the Southern Isles for his 12 brothers to “deal with him”. That would be fine if they knew anything about the Southern Isles and the people who run it. Based on their sheltered lives, where they don’t even know about the people of their own kingdom, I somehow doubt these sisters are up on Southern Isles politics. For all we know it was the 12 brothers who sent Hans to Elsa’s coronation in the first place. This whole elaborate scheme could have been concocted in the grand dining room of a southern palace while eating dinner with all of his brothers, and even his mother and father, the King & Queen. Although, let’s get real here, Hans’ parents are most definitely dead. This is a Disney movie after all and there is nothing Disney loves more than an orphan.
So poor parentless Hans is either lacking direction & guidance or is being manipulated by his multiple older siblings, including one who is the ruler of his homeland. This leads me to 3 distinct scenarios, one of which must be the correct reason for why Hans acted the way he did:
- It was a plan created for him by his family.
We are never explicitly told whether Hans hatched this plan alone or if he had co-conspirators. He stays pretty tight lipped about the whole business. And why wouldn’t he be? First, there is no reason to implicate his country if he is caught. That could start a war. And second, keeping his family out of it meant he was sent back to them punishment-free. Sweet deal! He doesn’t state it but the most influential members of the Southern Isles’ court were probably behind the plan to get Hans on the throne of Arendelle.
I know what you’re thinking: “Arendelle’s a pretty big prize for the youngest brother”. You weren’t thinking that? Ok… well, let me explain. Most countries have princesses, but you’ll likely only find a non-ruling princess to wed. In Arendelle there is an attractive young woman, with many childbearing years ahead of her, who is about to be named Queen. That is an epic catch. But perhaps Hans is the best bait the Southern Isles has. The same way the Tyrells dangle Margaery, their pristine flower, in front of every king in Westeros and the Boleyns presented Anne, their witty beauty, to Henry VIII’s court, the Southern Isles puts forth Hans, a strapping young stallion of a man. And like these real life & literary beauties, they trusted in not only his looks & charm to attract a mate, but also in his ruthless intelligence to get the job done… by any means necessary. Hans’ brothers may have sent him out on this mission with the instructions to not come back unless he had the throne. He was probably taught the art of seduction and murder to prepare him. Some families will do anything for power.
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- It was a plan created for him by his family that he took too far.
Ok so maybe the people of the Southern Isles aren’t all murderous schemers, but that doesn’t mean Hans did everything on his own. Royal marriages weren’t always done Game of Thrones style, where no one survives to the wedding night. European history is full of Kings & Queens who traded their children for land, wealth and allegiances. Daughters work best for this, as monarchs strive to have male heirs that will need wives to rule alongside them. It is much rarer to find a Princess who will inherit the throne and need a man at her side. In England’s case the Queen’s husband doesn’t even get the King title unless he is a King in his own right. Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince George has been a Prince for 68 years because he didn’t enter the relationship with his own sovereign nation. With 12 ‘back-up’ heirs the leader of the Southern Isles has a lot of potential to make alliances through marriage, possibly even getting his sons into the position to rule in foreign lands.
I can just imagine Hans and his brothers standing in a council room with a map spread out on the ‘war room’ table, the King systematically pointing out which kingdoms have a princess and assigning the most appropriate brother to sweep that fair maiden off her feet. The Southern Isles could be bent on world domination, achieved purely by marrying off their sons. Perhaps Hans was assigned Arendelle and Elsa (with Anna as a solid back-up whom he could marry should Elsa reject him or set-up with another brother/nephew/cousin/etc should he be successful with the new Queen). Hans was just so desperate to please his brothers that he took things a bit too far. Bringing us into my last scenario:
Image from Walt Disney Confessions
- Hans acted on his own volition, but with proper baggage to back his actions up.
I talk above about trying to make strategic alliances through marriage, but maybe Hans is so far down the list that his ruler isn’t even trying to find him an advantageous match. Hans has to be pretty distant in the line of succession at this point! As the youngest brother he is at least 13th. But being as he is an adult himself, his eldest brothers likely have children of their own. If even half of his brothers have 2 children each (which is a pretty low number for the times) that puts Hans at 25th. If each of his brothers has 3 children he would be 49th. There is no way he is going to rule the Southern Isles, barring any mass murders happening while he’s away in Arendelle… but even then, that is a lot of murder.
So maybe Hans took matters into his own hands. He headed off to Arendelle of his own volition. He hatched the plan to marry Elsa, then Anna as a back-up. Perhaps it was totally innocent at first. He had high hopes for the romantic potential he and Elsa could have. But things didn’t work out as planned and he switched to a more drastic scheme. Hans straight up admits that some of his brothers pretended he didn’t exist for years; that’s got to create a complex of some sort. Hans acts irrationally within a rational plan because he cannot continue to be the forgotten youngest brother. No one pays attention to him. No one plans for his future. He’s probably worth less to his eldest brothers than their servants, because at least their servants bring them things. Hans is just dead weight. An extra mouth to feed in a nation that could be facing serious troubles… we don’t know. No one updates us on the status of the Southern Isles in the film.
Moral of the Story: Don’t go hating on someone just because they made one mistake… ok, maybe 2 murderous mistakes… but still. In the words of Princess Taylor Swift, “You are not what you did”. The next time you are watching Disney’s Frozen, or any Disney movie (or anything at all, even just living your regular life) think of Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent or Elphaba in Wicked or Once Upon a Time‘s Regina and re-evaluate your point of view. Remember: Hans really isn’t so bad…except for the murder-y bits.
Image from Walt Disney Confessions
What do you think? Is Hans redeemable or a lost cause? Let me know in the comments! I’d also love to see what villains you think are ‘actually not so bad’. Maybe I’ll feature them next!
Love & Luck,
As you may know from our Disneybound posts, the My Fangirl Life team was recently on a trip to the magical land of Orlando, Florida. You can check out these posts to see us as Princesses, Cats, Wonderland Friends, Villains, Little Mermaid Characters, Frozen Characters, and Hogwarts (slash Beauxbatons) students & our favourite other random Harry Potter things. The conclusion I came to during all of this? Disneybounding is a lot of fun – I recommend it to anyone. But for those of you that are less open to putting yourself out there for everyone to see all your nerd-dom, I have another way for you to fangirl out.
While we were at Disneyworld, we met a lot of characters. This was rather unexpected but it was one of the most enjoyable things we did. Yes, sometimes this involves standing in line with a bunch of children, so that’s a little embarrassing, but I promise, it’s worth it. In my opinion, this is the best thing you can do at Disneyworld.
It was funny because heading into the trip, we all said that we didn’t really care whether we actually met anyone, aside from hopefully doing a Mickey picture and maybe meeting one princess (because, obviously, princess). But then on our very first morning we walked into the Magic Kingdom, and there was Snow White on our right – and the line was so short! We had to do it, especially because Justine was dressed as Snow that day. It was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. So we went over, waited in line, and got our photos. What I wasn’t prepared for – since I’d never met a character before – was the one-liner that came out of her mouth. It was something about how she wanted to braid flowers into Grumpy’s beard, but he wouldn’t go for it (I was dressed as Rapunzel that day). She caught me totally off guard and I couldn’t help but laugh. I was utterly enchanted. After meeting Snow, we were hooked on character interactions. I tell you, these people are improv pros! They not only have lines for the children; they know they need to say something extra witty or be extra charming when a group of grown women walk unashamedly up to them. Here were some of my favourite interactions:
- Alice complimenting Justine (dressed as the Queen of Hearts) so as to make sure she didn’t get angry…and she kept her head.
- Elsa telling me that the flowers in my hair (because I’m Rapunzel, obviously) would make Olaf sneeze his nose off… then me using the same comment when I met Anna right afterwards. I wonder if she noticed it as one of their stock responses?
- Gaston. Just everything about him was perfect.
- Anna telling Kris all about their “Redheads Club” – Anna, Merida, Ariel, and Peter – and how they had chocolate cake last meeting (“I don’t know who was more excited, me or Peter!”)
- Every dwarf in the parade coming up to see Justine dressed as Snow White.
- Rapunzel complimenting my frying pan necklace and talking about all the wonderful uses for frying pans.
- “The birds braid my hair every night!” – Cinderella to Kris (as Anna) and me (as Elsa)
It turned out that the girls that “didn’t care” if they met any characters tried to meet pretty much all of them. Well, maybe not all, but a TON. Meeting Elsa and Anna was one of the most hilarious experiences. We waited in line for an excessive amount of time amongst many young girls… and we did it unapologetically. When we finally got to the front of the line we were all just so flustered. After meeting both of the ladies, we went out into the gift shop at exit and the three of us were so starstruck we were shaking. Ridiculous, right? But I tell you, a lot of fun. We even went to a princess dinner! This was Kris’s birthday gift to both myself and Justine (because she is clearly awesome). I actually highly recommend doing this if you don’t mind the price of the food. No lines to wait in and you’re guaranteed to meet 4-5 princesses there. We had met many of them already by this point in our trip – but that’s just because we’re keeners. That being said, I think this might be the only way to meet Belle in her yellow dress! I think our main complaint about meeting characters is that we couldn’t find any princes… but Kris will post about that a little more at some point, don’t worry. Long story short, I think that meeting characters is a great way to quietly fangirl. Yes, it can involve some lines but I honestly always found that the wait was worth the interaction… and then you have all these funny and adorable photos afterwards.
Have you ever met any characters? What were your interactions like? Tell us about it in the comments!!
Welcome to Game of Thrones week here on My Fangirl Life! We’re counting down the days until the new season premieres on Sunday, so check back throughout the week for all sorts of Westeros-related fun!
As my contribution to Game of Thrones Week I wanted to talk about the fashion of Westeros. In doing research for that post I came upon ‘The Wonderful World of Westeros’ or the Disney Princesses as Game of Thrones characters. I’d seen this before and thought it was great however, I was skeptical of the matches. So I decided I’d dig in and check it out…
This is the obvious choice for Brienne but it’s also perfect. Mulan is a warrior, just like Brienne, and wouldn’t be happy sitting around at King’s Landing in a gown and drinking wine (though heaven knows why, that sounds like a splendid time). Mulan and Brienne are far more suited for a life of battle.
Ariel looks just like Melisandre. That red hair is so vibrant…so Melisandre. The look is perfect. However, I just don’t think Ariel could pull of a Melisandre level of evil. Perhaps if Ursula was embodying her??
Jasmine as Ellaria
Ellaria and Jasmine is another pairing that totally looks the part. The bright orange is stunning with both of their skin tones. I don’t know a ton about Ellaria (just met her in the books and she hasn’t been super prominent in the show yet) but I think her and Jasmine might be similar. They’re just on opposite ends of the spectrum. Jasmine is the princess who wants to be free and make her own decisions while Ellaria is the bastard lover of a prince. Ellaria might want to be free and make her own choices, I just don’t know yet. Really all I know is that she has a wicked scream and cry.
Belle as Margaery
Belle is smart and independent while Margaery is often a pawn in larger schemes (though I do think Margaery herself plays a large role in planning these schemes). I think both Margaery and Belle are smart and headstrong but I’m still not sure Belle would enjoy being in Margaery’s place. I don’t think she’s quite power hungry enough; she prefers books to people. I do think Belle would be up for one of these marriages Margaery has faced. An age difference shouldn’t matter to Belle – she did fall in love with a Beast. I really enjoy the parallels drawn here with the roses, very clever. Belle definitely looks the part as Margaery, but I’m also not certain she’d be up for such revealing dresses.
Snow White definitely fits the image of Shae’s shy and quiet servant side. Snow would probably enjoy not being the center of attention. She’s bright and bubbly and good at being happy and making others happy. Which brings us to the part of Shae I’m not so certain Snow would embrace. Does Snow White have a kinky side? How would see feel about being a prostitute? Snow does spend a lot of her time with dwarves… it could be a fun twist on her character.
Rapunzel as Sansa
This one I’m not sold on. First, Rapunzel’s miles of hair doesn’t quite feel Sansa to me. Perhaps Ariel would be a better option (but she was already taken). Anna’s another red head, but she’s definitely a little too quirky for Sansa. Rapunzel as well is quite spirited. However, both Anna and Rapunzel are used to being pushed aside and made to feel little by others, just like Sansa. Perhaps Sansa’s quirkiness is still to come. She just hasn’t had much of a chance given the difficulties she’s faced thus far.
I think I could get behind Cinderella being such a motherly character. After her difficult childhood I think she’d fully embrace the role of mom. But given that childhood and how she was treated, I don’t think there’s any way she would have treated Jon Snow the way Catelyn did. Cinderella would have welcomed him with open arms. These two characters don’t look as similar as some of the others but looks-wise, I’m not sure who else could be Catelyn.
Aurora as Cersei
Is Aurora the bitch of the Princesses group? This would seem to suggest so. I can see the physical resemblance. The long blonde hair is perfect for Cersei. Beyond that I’m not so sure. Cersei is manipulative, but loyal and protects her children. I don’t think Aurora has a manipulative or conniving bone in her body. She’s too naive for that. At least she was during the movie. Who knows what happens once she marries Phillip and moves into the castle!
If any Disney heroine was going to take of Ygritte it would be Merida. The red hair is perfect and the mad archery skills make her dangerous, just like Ygritte. I’m curious as to how Merida would take to Jon Snow. I think a love interest would be fun for Merida.
Elsa as Daenerys
I enjoy the contrast here between Elsa’s ice and Dany’s fire. Perhaps this could be another take on ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. Elsa’s blonde locks and preference for braids definitely makes her look the part. Elsa’s frozen heart and ultimate journey of learning to love and embracing her powers is something I feel Dany has gone through. Both characters are trying to learn how to be a good queen. Another perfect match!
Do you agree with my comments? Do you have any suggestions? Has anyone done this for the Disney men? I would love to see that! Let me know in the comments.
Welcome to yet another post about our Disneybound fashions during our recent trip to Disneyworld! If you haven’t seen any of our other days yet, you can check out the Princess edition, the Mermaid edition, the Wonderland edition, or even the Harry Potter edition… and the best part is that we still have even more to come.
Don’t know what Disneybounding is? Check out Kris’s definition from an earlier post here:
Well reader, Disneybound is a popular trend started by blogger Leslie Kay. It’s well known that, while children could dress up as any character they chose, adults are not allowed to enter Disney theme parks in costume. It’s understandable. What if you’re a cosplay master & your costume is so good that visitors mistake you for a Disney Cast Member (aka employee)? And then you do something rude, inappropriate or uncouth? That would reflect poorly on the park…and Disney is all about their image! Kay found a fun way to follow the rules but still get in the Disney spirit; she created outfits made from everyday clothes but were inspired by Disney characters. Instead of making Cinderella’s dress you just pull something pretty & blue out of your closet & go! It allows you to channel the spirit of your favourite princess/hero/villain/sidekick/etc while still dressed in something that is comfortable, flattering & in your style. It’s basically closet cosplay but Disney-fied!
Now, on to discussing the day we were Disneybounding as Frozen characters. Fittingly, this was the coldest day of our trip to Florida. Kris and I were excited to pull together our Elsa and Anna outfits for this day, and everything just fell into place perfectly when Justine figured out who her style’s Frozen spirit animal was.
People definitely looked at us in these outfits. Our colours were obvious, and my sparkly skirt a little over the top. Not everyone recognized Justine, but when they did, they thought it was hilarious.
KG as Elsa
I absolutely love channelling Elsa. She is just so much fun. She’s badass and, you know, magical! I had this “Let It Go” shirt made for my Halloween costume last October – I was Hipster Elsa, obvi. I am lucky that Justine is a seamstress, so she actually made this skirt for me out of some fabric that was given to me by a friend. I plan on working this skirt into my everyday wardrobe wherever I can. I finished this outfit off with some snowflake earrings and an Elsa hair bow (to go on the end of the necessary Elsa braid, obviously). Since it was a cold day I threw on some leggings underneath and a denim shirt overtop to keep warm. Despite the fact that I was dressed as Elsa, I must admit that the cold did, in fact, bother me.
Kris as Anna
Obviously I needed an Anna to my Elsa. Kris was more than happy to oblige as she loves playing crazy redheads! Luckily I owned this awesome sweater that is pretty much exactly the colour of Anna’s cape, which I was happy to lend to her for the day. She put the rest of the outfit together out of her closet, and I thought it was fabulously done. In the end, she was totally channelling Anna, but in her own style. And we are all super obsessed with our styles right now, as you may know if you are a regular follower on this blog.
Justine as Prince Hans
The moment that Justine realized she could be Prince Hans was pretty much the best. This outfit was largely borrowed from Kris and I, but also very much in her style. The dress is mine and shall now forever be known as my “Hans dress”. Kris provided the perfect white blazer, and many of the accessories were mine. Justine wore her own boots, which will now be known as her “Hans boots”, at least in my head.
These two goofballs posed for way too many hilarious pictures together. Among the poses was making a heart around their faces, and finishing eat other’s sandwiches.
We had such a blast traipsing around Hollywood Studios dressed as Frozen characters. Frozen-looking locations for photo shoots were few and far between at this park, but we managed to find a few good spots.
Have you ever put together a Disneybound outfit? Share in the comments!
Welcome to the next instalment in our series Character Characteristics! If you’re not sure what this series is all about, you can check out an introduction to it here. In a nutshell, we have been rather obsessed with personality types (both our own and other people’s) here at My Fangirl Life recently. Specifically, we have been obsessed with learning everything we can about Myers-Briggs personality classifications. This series is our attempt to interpret this and look at how our personalities fit in as far as fictional worlds are concerned.
If you aren’t familiar with the Myers-Briggs method of classification, check out “Character Characteristics: Exploring Personality Types” for a brief overview.
My four-letter code is ENFP (Extroverted – iNtuitive – Feeling – Perceiving). This personality type is often known as “The Champion” or “The Advocate”.
ENFPs are people-focused and creative, and usually have a contagious enthusiasm for new ideas and activities. They approach their work with a vision and revel in finding creative solutions to problems, but this means that routine work really gets them down. ENFPs focus primarily on the possibilities life has to offer, and can often get wrapped up in what could be rather than what is. Fiercely individualistic, they strive to be themselves, and have a strong set of internal values that everything in their life needs to align with. Curious, observant, open-minded, energetic and enthusiastic, great communicators. Weaknesses: tend to overthink, weak on follow through of ideas, independent to a fault, don’t do well with being micromanaged.
Now that you’ve got an overview of this personality type, let’s explore my fictional counterparts as Kris did in her post “My Life as a Villain”.
Unlike Kris, I actually have a large selection of Disney Princesses that can arguably fit within my personality type. The verdict is kind of out on exactly where each fits, but I can see an argument for each of these. I am the most convinced overall that Anna belongs in my personality type – and this actually doesn’t make me happy because she is a bit of a crazy person. So is Rapunzel, now that I think of it. Oh wait, so is Ariel…
But back to Anna – she is bright, optimistic, energetic, idealistic, compassionate, impulsive, and hates being alone. All of this points right to ENFP for me, and sadly, I identify with her quite a bit.
Other Disney characters that are not princesses but can be arguably classified as ENFP include Aladdin, Simba, Andy (from Toy Story), and though he is not a character – Walt Disney himself.
In the Harry Potter universe, it seems to be generally accepted that Ron is an ENFP. I’m not sure how fully I agree with this, as I think he is a bit more of an S than an N. That being said, I totally think that Tonks is an ENFP. I won’t go into too much detail, but I think the description in the photo below says it all.
Pretty Little Liars
It’s pretty generally agreed that Aria is an ENFP – no wonder I identify with her so well! She’s creative, loves to be around people, and makes decisions based on how she feels rather than logic (you know… the whole Ezra thing).
My Little Pony
Everypony knows that Pinkie Pie is the most joyful pony around! And she is, in fact, an ENFP. I was aghast when I discovered that I shared a personality type with this character, but I have just come to love her. I think the description in the photo below says it all!
Other fun fandom characters include:
Hunger Games: Peeta… of course! This explains why I was always Team Peeta.
Middle Earth: Arwen
Sherlock Holmes: Irene Adler
Percy Jackson: Rachel Elizabeth Dare
Once Upon A Time: Henry… makes sense right, “The Inspirer” or “The Champion”. He’s the one that really believes in everything despite everyone telling him that he is wrong.
So in a nutshell..
Basically, almost everything has an ENFP character because they are just SO MUCH FUN (imagine I said that in Pinkie Pie’s voice – that’s what I was trying to do). ENFPs are usually the heroes, or at least on the side of “good” in any story. They are bright and enthusiastic and often push the envelope with new ideas and experiences.
Do you have a favourite ENFP? Let us know in the comments!
Today we celebrate Kate Middleton’s 33rd birthday! Happy Birthday Kate!!
I’ve adored Kate for years now. I am a huge fan of British history, I am a huge fan of the British monarchy. I remember the Royal Wedding, I remember when George was born, I even remember when it was announced both times she was pregnant.
I am also a huge Disney fan. I’ve been to a Disney park 5 times and I can count about 50 Disney movies on my shelf right now. I love the Disney Princesses and am currently working on a number of Disney Princess cosplays.
Now I think it’s only a matter of time before Disney officially makes Kate a Disney Princess. Kate is strong, independent, educated, and dated her prince for 8 years before marriage – all things Disney is now trying to promote with the recent Princesses Tiana and Elsa. But there are a number of similarities between all Disney Princesses and I think Kate fits right in :-)There’s just one thing left: Kate, where are the birds?
Every Disney Princess has:
Gorgeous long flowing hair
Growing up I wanted Belle, Ariel or Jasmine’s hair and today I want Kate’s. How does her hair look so perfect through all the London rain? How is it always so shiny and voluminous? These are the questions I ask myself on a daily basis. It’s a serious case of hair envy.An endless wardrobe of fantastic clothes
Every Disney princess has that signature dress that every young girl wants (over 3 million Anna or Elsa dresses were sold by Disney last year!) and that dress that all the cosplayers want and are attempting to sew. It is my dream to make Belle’s yellow gown. Kate got this too when she became a princess. Her wardrobe is classy and sophisticated and I love it all. She’s one of my style icons. I just wish I had her wardrobe budget. Their own Prince Charming
The Disney Princesses all have a Disney Prince, it’s a simple formula that has worked for Disney for years (except Merida, but that’s essentially the point of Brave and Elsa, but she’s technically a Queen anyways). Kate lucked out here and scored (arguably) the Most Eligible Prince in the World. It’s a perfect love story. It’d make a perfect Disney movie. Will and Kate are the most adorably cute perfect couple. Just as cute as Anna & Kristoff, Jasmine & Aladdin and Rapunzel & Eugene
A special bond with animals, usually birds.
Ariel has flounder, Jasmine has Raja, Rapunzel has Pascal and then there are so many birds. Why can Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White communicate with birds? The birds are always singing with them, helping them dress, helping them clean, impersonating Princes, helping them fight the villains and generally just being their best friend. I admit, I’m a little jealous. As a graduate student who spends her days analyzing data relating to birds I think this relationship could be very beneficial. Plus, who doesn’t want to hold out their hand and have a little chickadee land in it?
And this brings us to the one thing Kate is lacking. I’ve searched the internet and there are no photos showing a special bond between Kate and a group of songbirds. This is the final thing needed in officially becoming a Disney Princess. Can’t you just imagine Kate walking through Kensington Garden with a flock of little tits or sparrows. It’d be adorable. And with a new baby on the way I imagine some songbirds would be helpful in cleaning the palace they live in.
Will and Kate have had Lupo for years and I’d like to think this is the first step.
Let us know how you’re celebrating in the comments!
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Since it is the final day in 2014, we thought we would compile a collective list of our favourite things from this year. It has been a busy year and it’s hard to remember all the way back to the beginning, but Kris, Justine, and I sat down to reminisce and hash things out.
Here are our 10 favourite things about this year, collectively:
10) Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen’s friendship
This is basically the cutest friendship ever. Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen are besties and the world knows it. They were New York’s best tourists this year, and their photos never failed to brighten up the Internet.
9) Louis cut his hair
Ignoring the fact that he also grew his hair into a mullet this year, Louis Tomlinson’s hair cut is a big deal in our fangirl world… particularly to Kris.
8) We started a Once Upon A Time viewing group
And as a result are EVEN MORE invested than previously, especially in Robin and Regina.
7) Ed Sheeran started to write obvious autobiographical songs like Taylor Swift does
Or, at least he wrote one. The release of “Don’t” made me second guess any inkling of liking I felt for Ellie Goulding’s music.
6) Youtube became a thing
Kris is adamant about this one, Justine is getting there as well, and I’m not really into the Youtube thing yet. But even I cannot argue… Youtube is a Thing. It may have become a thing for other people long before 2014, but we are just discovering it.
5) Frozen continued to be a thing
At the end of 2013, Frozen was already a big deal. This continued in 2014 with awards won, records broken, and renditions of “Let It Go” released.
4) The Olympics happened
The Olympics are always important when they happen, but the Winter Olympics are big for the three of us specifically. As typical Canadians and fans of figure skating, hockey, and sport in general, life tends to stop when they happen. The 2014 Games were Canada’s second best performance at a Winter Olympics overall, which means that it is one to remember.
3) Game of Thrones continued to be awesome
Anyone who has been reading my posts lately knows that I am Game of Thrones obsessed. That being said, Kris and Justine agreed that both the books and the show rank highly on their lists as well. I am hopeful that 2015 or 2016 may see the release of The Winds of Winter. Also, I must mention that just last week I had an epiphany about what a dreamboat Kit Harington – Jon Snow in the show – is.
2) Cosplay ruled our lives
This year I discovered cosplay, while Kris and Justine just descended even further into this magical world. Cosplay was a big deal for us in 2014, and I can’t wait for some of the projects that we have on the go for 2015. I’m excited to pull off my first actual planned cosplay outfit!
1) 1989 smacked down all the haters
Taylor Swift is just a genius. She made the jump from country inspired music to full pop, and pretty much the whole world loved it. She broke records all over the place and released possibly the catchiest couple songs of 2014 with “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space”.
What are your favourite things from this year? We’d love to hear about them!
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It’s that time of year and Santa is drawing up his Naughty & Nice list. We’re doing the same here on My Fangirl Life! Keep reading to see who was good this year, and who can expect a lump of coal in their stocking…
She is just the obvious one to start this list because she’s Taylor Swift and she’s possibly the nicest human being in the world. Plus she’s been extra good this year, by gracing us with an excellent new album and steering clear of romantic disasters. Read more about her in our 1989 Reviews or about a Fictional Year in her Dating Life.
In “Mockingjay – Part 1”, out this year, Katniss stepped up to inspire all the common folk of Panem to rise up against the horror and excess of the Capitol. Way to be, Katniss! If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Mockingjay – Part 1: A Review in One Direction.
Because it is delicious! And did you see the killer Twitter account that popped up this fall? Love it!
They’re just so darn angelic… and they’ve announced an upcoming tour, as well as released their new album, Four. Of course they are on the Nice list. If you haven’t heard about their album yet, you can check out our reviews here.
This pony just spreads laughter and happiness and PARTIES wherever she goes – can she really be anywhere other than on the Nice list?
This girl can pretty much do no wrong in my books. Yes, she’s a bit of a savage at times, but she comes by it honestly. And she needs to be strong. All this being said, I’m not at the end of book 5 yet so there could still be some questioning to come. For now, she’s on the Nice list for freeing slaves and being really darn cool about it.
I know, many of you may not know who he is, but he put a picture of Darkwing Duck on his helmet and anything that is reminds us of Darkwing Duck’s awesomeness makes the Nice list as far as I’m concerned.
Now let’s see who is making our My Fangirl Life Naughty list this year!
Yeah… I don’t even think I need to rationalize this one. “A” is always causing mischief and committing murders, as well as tormenting those poor Pretty Little Liars.
Despite the fact that she didn’t do any of it on purpose, it was her fault that Arendelle was under an eternal winter, so we do need to take that into account. Not to mention, she brought us “Let It Go”, which this year was impossible to escape. Haven’t heard enough of it yet? Check out our post Let It Go is Christmas Music, Right?
I mean, I can never really hold anything against Peeta, but his hands around Katniss’s throat most definitely put him on the Naughty side of this list.
Smaug is pretty solidly on the naughty list, but what specifically landed him here was burning down Lake-town in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Red Wedding. I’m still not over it. Not sure I ever will be. I’m only reading these books now so despite the fact that this may have happened long ago for some of you, it still warrants inclusion on this list.
Who did I miss? Let me know in the comments!