Definition of Prince Charming

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Finding Prince Charming

“When I was a little girl, I used to read fairy tales. In fairy tales you meet Prince Charming, and he's everything you’ve ever wanted. In fairy tales the bad guy is very easy to spot; he’s always wearing a black cape, so you know who he is.” This quote is from a well known singer/songwriter, Taylor Swift. Her song, Love Story, idolizes finding your perfect other half by referencing Romeo and Juliet. In reality, Romeo and Juliet is nothing more than a three day relationship between a 13-year-old and a 17-year-old that ended in 6 deaths, including those of the “damsel” and the “Prince” when they commit mutual suicide. Who is Prince Charming? Who isn’t he? How do you know if you’ve found him?

Prince Charming is tall, dark, and handsome. He’s charismatic, tantalizing, and dreamy. He is funny, romantic, and caring. He’s respectful, diligent, and loyal. Your ideal prince would only want a trophy wife like Prince Charming does in the Disney movie Cinderella, be verbally abusive and violent like Prince Adam from Beauty and the Beast, be a compulsive liar like Aladdin, enjoy somnophilia like Prince Ferdinand from Snow White, wait for perfection like Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid, get pissed if you’re not a guy like Li Shang from Mulan, he and his buddies won’t leave your house like John Smith from Pocahontas, convince you to kiss a frog like Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog, climb up the side of a tower while pulling your hair like Flynn Ryder/Eugene Fitzpatrick from Tangled, and/or dance with strangers in the forest like Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty.

Prince Charming is not ugly, deceitful, or ignorant. He’s not captivating, authentic, or brilliant. He is not a thug, a psychopath, or a traitor. He’s not a monster like Medusa, a Cyclops, or a dragon. He isn’t a hero like Hercules, Odysseus, or Jason. He’s not an orphan, from a good home, or a broken one. Your prince is not someone you’ve gone to school with since...
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