I've been falling for Belle since as long as I can remember. She reads, stand up to lowlife-supercilious-man like Gaston and she fall in love with a beast, not a prince, which transforms him into a prince. BELLE MAKES HER MAN A PRINCE, bold italic underline.
But, rather than being strong and pure hearted, many think Belle has Stockholm Syndrome (to put it simply, it's a condition in which hostages started to show signs of loyalty to their captors), which I, very strongly and whole-heartedly, deny.
My denial, however, often isn't valid since there are versions of Beauty and The Beast. Some actually show how Belle was held captive and not stay in Beast's castle by her choice.
Then, my girl crush plays her character. Emma Watson fulfills my chilhood dream by making Belle's character the ultimate feminist, who make her own choices. The Belle that I adore. Emma makes sure that it is Belle's choice to take her father's place in the Beast's castle, to leave the castle, and to come back for Beast and stay by his side. It was her warm and kind heart that change Beast into man.
Best #InternationalWomensDay gift ever. May all girls make their own choices and follow their own heart. Thank you Emma, thank you.
Ps: A pic of Beast wearing "This is what a feminist looks like" shirt would be monumental 🤔