Imagine it. You’re sitting down to one of your favorite Disney movies, watching the well-loved story unfold before your eyes when suddenly the heroine of choice, in a stunning scene of sparkles and tailored finesse, gains her traditional princess garb. From as far back as Cinderella to Disney’s most recent flick, Frozen, a wide majority of the heroines have a scene dedicated to “transforming” into a princess—or maybe a “more marketable princess” in the case of characters like Elsa. By this point in our media culture, we’re so used to scenes like this that the possible underlying meanings don’t even cross our minds. Sure, they’re turning into a princess, but why? Are these transformations really all about the typical fairytale ending? I argue that no, they’re not. They’re more than a neat bow to tie a romantic subplot with and so much more than a tool for companies to sell princess garb (although that’s certainly part of it). Princess transformations are all about tapping into a positivity that’s accessible to both children and older audiences alike.
Once upon a time Queen Beryl was just an ordinary girl in love. The story “Heart of Stone” by SailorAstera explores that time in her life and what led to the birth of the dark queen we know her as today.
In this story Beryl is given the name Morgana which seems familiar to me. I checked her WikiMoon page to see if she was ever given this name and I just couldn’t remember where but it doesn’t mention it so I guess the author assigned her the name out of her own creativity. Perhaps it’s just familiar to me because of that one youma.
The beginning finds Morgana as a young girl of negligible status with a crush on Prince Endymion. With how well the story of Sailor Moon is known I feel like I’d be giving too much away if I describe the middle and end parts of the story so I’ll just leave it at that. We all know she becomes evil and we all know more or less why, but the story offers a few unexpected turns which keep it a worthwhile read and SailorAstera draws the world of the Earth Kingdom during the Silver Millennium very well. The tension and distrust of the Moon people is spot-on.