is this your happy ending?

Sleeping Beauty’s in a foul mood
For shame she says
None for you dear prince, I’m tired today
I’d rather sleep my whole life away than have you keep me from dreaming

We all grew up with some version of fairytales such as Cinderella. In a light, lewd, funny and feminist production of Disenchanted we get a chance to see these Disney princesses in another way as they rail against the injustices and absurdities of how their stories have been commercialised, raise false expectations and where they end up marrying the first guy they meet in order to live happily ever after. With catchy tunes and filled with black humour it was a joy to watch as these princesses rebel against our childhood images of what a princess should be with their unrealistic waistlines and happily ever afters.

It really begs the question of why does every happy ending have to end in marriage when so few marriages end so happily? Why doesn’t Snow White rule the kingdom once she defeats her evil stepmother and live happily ever after? Just because some guy decides to kiss her while she’s comatose doesn’t mean she needs to marry him.

In reality we never get happy endings because life continues past that point where you don the white dress and ride off into the sunset. The only ending is where you die. So as long as you die happy does that make it your happy ending? Or is your happy ending just when you achieve all that you want to? No one cares if you maintain it or if everything else goes to hell as long as you achieve that one thing. Clearly the concept of a happy ending as it relates to reality is really confusing for me.

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