|At LAX (Photo by Bauer Griffin)|
I do not know if they were allowed many authentic L.A. experiences. I doubt they dined at a taco truck. I doubt they were allowed to get stuck in traffic on the 101.
Perhaps if Prince Charming had known Cinderella for nearly a decade before marrying her. (They even were roommates for awhile before they started dating.)
|God Save the Queen|
Perhaps if Prince Charming and Cinderella had broken up for awhile before getting back together and then getting married.
The reporting of their story is an example of how humans often times make sense of their world with the narratives they have in their heads, even when the two things -- reality and the narrative -- do not match up that closely. The Cinderella story in the minds of journalists and the public overpowers the actual details of the couple's lives.
In many ways, their romance sounds decidedly NORMAL. A fairy tale requires the presence of magic -- hence, the fairy in the title. Their story sounds more like a Sandra Bullock movie than a fairy tale.
And they are better off for that.
Yes, Kate Middleton had no royal connections before the wedding, so that makes her a "commoner." And, yes, William is a prince, so it becomes easy to call him Prince Charming. And we cannot deny that neither of them will have a normal life from now on. But their relationship sounds so much more healthy and human than the usual storybook relationship.
No magical transformations. No beasts turned into men. No peasants turned into princesses.
Just two young people who got to know each other pretty well before getting married.