Beauty and the Beast is one of the most beautiful fairy tales we have. Belle is a bookworm who eventually marries a prince. But until getting there, she has to live with her kidnapper. And then they fall in love, and the spell breaks and he’s no longer a beast. And now with the new live action version of the movie, Emma Watson took the time to address the rumors that Belle suffers from Stockholm syndrome.
Emma Watson did all her best to try and make Belle even more badass than she already is. She refused to wear a corset dress and furthermore, she gave Belle a profession.
But there are also downsides to every role or story, and there are people who say that Belle might suffer from Stockholm syndrome (meaning that in the case of a kidnap, the victim grows attached to their captor). But Emma doesn’t think so and shared on Entertainment Weekly interview:
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“It’s something I really grappled with at the beginning: the Stockholm-syndrome question. That’s where a prisoner will take on the characteristics of and fall in love with the captor. Belle actively argues and disagrees with [Beast] constantly.”
“She has none of the characteristics of someone with Stockholm syndrome because she keeps her independence; she keeps that freedom of thought. I also think there is a very intentional switch where, in my mind, Belle decides to stay. She’s giving him hell. There is no sense of ‘I need to kill this guy with kindness.’ Or any sense that she deserves this. In fact, she gives as good as she gets. He bangs on the door, she bangs back. There’s this defiance that ‘You think I’m going to come and eat dinner with you and I’m your prisoner – absolutely not.’”
“The other beautiful thing about the love story is that they form a friendship first. There is this genuine sharing, and the love builds out of that, which in many ways is more meaningful than a lot of love stories, where it was love at first sight. They are having no illusions about who the other one is. They have seen the worst of one another, and they also bring out the best.”