Tonawanda News — All that, along with some missing punctuation and errant grammar that kept throwing me off, initially had me ready to dismiss “Divianna and Finn” quite quickly. But oddly enough, it was a glimpse of our shelf full of Disney movies that started me thinking about it in a different way. And, yes, I’ve read the originals. It’s been a while, though, so forgive me if the Disney versions are more clear in my memory.
Does the classic Snow White have much motivation to consider her prince her true love? Or vice versa, for that matter? She spends most of the story asleep! Cinderella falls into love with hers over the course of an evening. The Little Mermaid gets a mere glimpse of her prince while he’s unconscious — take that, Snow White — and decides she loves him enough to throw her life away.
And the villains ... Maleficent of Sleeping Beauty curses a princess and puts an entire castle to sleep over not being invited to a royal christening! What kind of motivation is that?
If you look at the tale that way — as a story in the fine old traditions of the fairy tales I grew up reading — it’s a different sort of beast altogether.
I read a portion out loud to my 5-year-old son while we settled in for our bedtime reading and he was intrigued. “What happens next? What will they do? Where did he come from?”
The only answer I had for him on that last was “Maybe it was magic.”
And like all fairy tales, it even has a moral. One line, near the end, stood out to me:
”It was not what you’re willing to give up that breaks the spell but the love you’re willing to fight for.”
In the end, “Adventures of Divianna and Finn” reads like a labor of love. And isn’t that what fairy tales are all about?
Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @JillKeppeler.• WHAT: "Adventures of Divianna and Finn" • BY: Candie Gillis • PUBLISHER: Tate Publishing • GRADE: C