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(May 07, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Ah, mermaids Ė sirens of the sea, singing beauties of the ocean, chicks with fish tails, whatever. I like them no matter how you envision them. I like mermaids so much in fact that I have a collection of favorites. And why not? How can you not like beautiful maidens of the deep who occasional lure sailors to their deaths?


It may be clichť, but Ariel is easily my favorite mermaid. Unlike most of the girls out there, I actually read the story of the little mermaid long before I ever saw the movie. Naturally I was surprised at how happy the movie turned out since the actual story of the little mermaid is rather depressing, but Iíll take a happy ending any day.

I like Ariel because she sings, because she rebels, and because she isnít afraid to try something new to get what she thinks is important. Of course, she learns that her father wants to help her and loves her so she didnít really need to trade her soul, or rather voice, to find true love, but thatís neither here nor there.

If youíre not familiar with Ariel, you obviously need to brush up on your fairy tale movie watching. Ariel is the youngest daughter of the sea king, Tritan. She falls in love with a handsome human prince and after saving his life gets help from the evil Sea Witch, Ursula to become human.

Ursula takes her voice as payment, however because it is her most distinctive trait, and without the prince doesnít recognize her as his savoir and true love. There is singing, there is laughing, there are meddling sea gulls. What else could you want besides maybe a handsome prince of your own?

Little Mermaid Dolls

I have no idea what these are called, or if they are even still made, but I have very fond memories of hours in the bathtub playing with my little mermaid dolls. These mermaids came with their own shell seats and hairbrushes, much like little Barbies, but had unusual hair colors that matched their fishy tails.

Iíd splish and splash for hours with my mermaid dolls the way some kids play with boats or other water toys. Each mermaid had a seat at one corner of the tub and of course they were named something beautiful, or at least something I thought was a beautiful ocean name at the age of five. I have no idea where those mermaids are now, but they are greatly missed.


Iím a sucker for a bit of mystery and magic, so the merpeople from Harry Potter are on my list. If anything looks the way a mermaid probably does in real life, these merpeople do. Of course, if you read the books you can visualize them anyway you want, but to see them youíll need to watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The merpeople show up during the second competition of the Triwizard Tournament. They are feisty little things and not particularly beautiful by conventional standards.

Doll Palace Mermaids

Then of course, I have to include the mermaids here on the Doll Palace. There just arenít that many places that let you design your own mermaid and then create your very own tales (or tails) of adventure and mystery. Happy designing!

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Chicago, IL
Posted On: May 24, 2008
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Grand Forks, ND
Posted On: May 23, 2008
Oh my gosh! I LOVE mermaids. When I was little, I used to wish I was a half-mermaid. (When you go in water you get a tail.) Then I found these books called the Emily Windsnap books and they talk about semi-mers! Like what I just explained! You should SO read them. They're the best books ever!!!
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Posted On: May 17, 2008
When I was little, mermaids were cute and the best thing in the world. Now, they are just. . .childish.
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United Kingdom
Posted On: May 15, 2008
Good article! Weren't those dolls called Merbabies?

I prefere then movie to the book but I think a 3rd movies a bit to far...
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Wilmington, DE
Posted On: May 13, 2008
I love the little mermaid. The movie is my one of my favorites, but I never did enjoy the book. I just thought it was kind of depressing, and my Mom stopped reading it to me after I had nightmares of the "mean lady" as I called it attacking me.

*shivers* Scary huh? But good article.

-Emma Grace
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Zionsville, IN
Posted On: May 13, 2008
I recently read a very excellent Little Mermaid re-telling by Charles DeLint. Written for an older audience and based off of the Hans Christian Anderson original story and not the Disneyfied one, but still a very good read. "Our Lady of the Harbor" is the name of the story. It's in a collection called Dreams Underfoot. Actually the whole book is amazing, and inspiring and very great urban fantasy. But rated PG-14.

Also, The Little Mermaid has come out as a broadway musical now. They've added some songs and obviously had to get really creative with the costumes, but I've heard good things about it.

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Posted On: May 13, 2008
i love little mermaid the first is princess aurora and the second is little mermaid i like her cuz he saved the prince!!!!!!
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Nashville, TN
Posted On: May 12, 2008
Well I read the book...

It's not too kid friendly is it? I mean all the pain and the murder plot . Granted, all is well in the end...well not really. But at least no one is in pain for no reason anymore.

I'm going to stick with Disney's version...It's definately more happy and up-beat .
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Arvada, CO
Posted On: May 12, 2008
you know that those dolls were called "sea wees" from 1976-198?.

A more recint version was made of them, but I can't for the life of me remember if it was merwees or what...
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Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: May 12, 2008
I have a story about bounty hunters and one of them is a siren, they're different from mermaids but have some of the same qualities. Also used to have a story about a girl who turned out to be a's deleted now.

Never knew there was a book, I'm gonna go beg my mom to take me to B&N. By the by, nice article.
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United Kingdom
Posted On: May 12, 2008
I Love Mermaids

But I Hate Little Mermaid, Just A Cheap Rip Off Of The Legend--Ariel The Mermaid

I Re-Wrote The Ariel Stoy For An Assignment

I Loved It

Good Article


Alexxuh =]
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Posted On: May 12, 2008
I've read the book. I like the movie better. Lol, well I did when I was younger. I like mermaids too.

I actually believe they exist.
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Nashville, TN
Posted On: May 12, 2008
I absolute LOVE mermaids! My personal maker . : * Options * : . (Not Done) has a TON of options to make Shuni mermaids! I especially love to make their fins sparkle and just making them as gorgeous as ever!

I've never actually read the book to The Little Mermaid but it's only because I had no idea there was one. But now that I do, I'm SO going to get it and read it, and probably cry if it really does turn out to be a depressing ending!

Anyway, GREAT article!

By the way...did you know that their making a Little Mermaid 3 movie?!?! It's called "The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning"
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