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!