THIS FUCKING MOVIE OHMAGAD
Nonono, you all don’t understand.
Do you realize how important this line was?
DO YOU EVEN REALIZE???
Because when you’re a young girl seeing this scene for the first time, it makes no sense at all.
The movie starts out with the handsome prince and the beautiful princess hitting “love-at-first-post-pubescent-sight” basically right away, dancing on goddamn clouds to romantic music, kissing, and the man declaring that they’ll get married. At this point, (because you’re young and have no concept of timing) your thought process is “pretty girl + handsome guy + kiss = happily ever after, YAY! story is done” and you are COMPLETELY OKAY WITH THAT, BECAUSE YOU’VE BEEN TOLD OVER AND OVER THAT LOVE REQUIRES NOTHING MORE THAN FIRST SIGHT. Healthy love, in your mind, is a swoopy feeling and a first kiss.
So when Odette doesn’t just go with it, you go whoa whoa whoa, why are you questioning this?? When she outright refuses him because he can’t give a better reason than “beauty”, YOU ARE ON DEREK’S SIDE BECAUSE YOU HONEST-TO-GOODNESS CAN’T ANSWER THE QUESTION “WHAT ELSE IS THERE?”. YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN TOLD THERE NEEDS TO BE SOMETHING ELSE.
You have seen in countless other stories that the princess is beautiful and the prince loves her right away and this is true love. If nothing else is considered, then beauty must be enough… if nothing else is considered, nothing else matters.
In my case, even after Odette answers the question with “I needed to know that he loves me for just being me” I didn’t get it. Love and Beauty were so intertwined that I didn’t understand there was a difference. By the end of the movie, when Derek says “I love you for your kindness and courage, I always have” it had started to make sense a little. But only a little. I still remember re-watching and forgetting the answer to “What else is there?” but the thing was… I expected an answer.
This movie taught me that I am not defined by beauty, that when society asks “What else is there?” I can respond with “There’s me.”
(Source: seekelsey, via fragilefoolishheart)