Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Kissing Frogs

While staring at a blank blog page--feeling thoroughly uninspired to write anything about kissing--I started thinking about non-traditional kisses. Like air kisses and Hershey's Kisses and S.W.A.K. (Sealed With A Kiss, for the uninitiated.) Nope, none of those sounded blog-worthy today.

Tina already stole "Best On-Screen Kiss" (but, then again, it's her book release week, so I guess that's her right). What about favorite "On-the-Page Kiss"? No, I decided, that was too subjective. I mean, an in-book kiss is all in the reader's imagination, so we could be picturing two totally different types of kisses. (To find out about all the different types of kisses check out Tina's new book, The ABC's of Kissing Boys.)

Then my thinking shifted to Fairy Tale kisses. Like Sleeping Beauty and her Prince. Or Snow White and her Prince. Or Cinderella and Prince Charming. (Didn't any of these princes have names?) Or ... the Frog Prince.

Whoa, I thought. The Frog Prince? Now that's a weird one. Kissing frogs. Um, I hope that's not in Tina's book. If you're not familiar with--or have forgotten--the story of the Frog Prince, here's the Wikipedia nutshell:

In the tale, a spoiled princess reluctantly befriends a frog (possibly meeting him after dropping a gold ball into his pond), who magically transforms into a handsome prince. Although in modern versions the transformation is invariably triggered by the princess kissing the frog, in the original Grimm version of the story, the frog's spell was broken when the princess threw it against a wall in disgust. In other early versions it was sufficient for the frog to spend the night on the princess's pillow.

I'm not sure which version I prefer. How about you? If you were the spoiled princess in this fairy tale, which version would you rather find yourself in?

Option A--You befriend a frog, wind up kissing him (reminder: frogs are green, slimy creatures who live in green, slimy swamps), and thereby turn him into a prince.

Option B--You befriend a frog, wind up flinging him against a wall (and getting sued by PETA and ASPCA), and thereby turn him into a prince.

Option C--You befriend a frog, wind up letting him sleep on your pillow (see reminder in Option A), and thereby turn him into a prince.

Is it just me, or do these all sound like episodes of a reality dating show? Okay, okay. If I have to choose one, I guess ... kissing him. Option A. Because I'm not fond of the animal cruelty in Option B and I'd be afraid I'd roll over in the night and squish him in Option C. Also, it would be over very quickly.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Which fairy tale would you rather live?


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Thao said...

I'll go with option B cos it makes more sense too me. Since the princess is spoilt I guess she's not really nice and won't kiss the frog, let the frog sleep on her bed. But hey I wonder what happens after the frog is turned into the prince. Will the prince and the princess fall in love?

sweetmelissa818 said...

I'm gonna have to agree with the first comment! Most princesses won't even look at a frog, loet alone, kiss one!

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks, TLC! No, no frogs in The ABC's of Kissing Boys (but there's cockroaches in When Bad Flings Happen to Good Girls--wait, I'm getting ahead of myself).

As for a choice...hmmm...I think I'd go for Option A, too because a kiss can be very, very quick (The Let's Just Get This Over Kiss), and the sleep on the pillow thing would go on and on...

stephhale said...

I'd pick Option C. I have kids and I've had WAY worse things on my pillow than a slimy frog! ;)

Wendy Toliver said...

Probably option 3. Wouldn't want a wart on my lips.

Lori T said...

I would have to go with option A too. I think that for the princess to find true love and a handsome prince to boot...she should have to sacrifice a little and kissing a frog would definitely be a sacrifice.

danetteb said...

I'd have to go with B too. At least he still turns into a prince.:)


Heather Davis said...

First off... um, ewww! Frogs are kinda creepy. I would choose option C. I guess I could take the hopper staring me down all night instead of kissing the warty thing! ;)