Emma Watson Speaks Up About Belle And 'Stockholm Syndrome'

Emma Watson, known not just for her beauty and charms. is now bound to play another iconic role. Emma who played the smart Hermione Granger in Harry Potter is now going to play the witty and glamorous "Belle" in the Disney movie, "Beauty and the Beast."

"Beauty And The Beast" Being Critiqued For Its Questionable Nature

The story of 'Beauty and the Beast' revolves around the main character Belle, who agreed to be imprisoned by Beast to take her old father's place. In the end, Belle falls in love with Beast and as where most Disney animation takes its viewers, Belle and Beast lives happily ever after in their own kingdom.
However, despite the happily-ever-after ending of the movie, it could not escape the viscous eyes of critics. According to critics, the nature of the film is really questionable as it encompasses a sensitive issue regarding someone who falls in love with her captive. Movie analyst also stated that the damsel in the film might be suffering from a syndrome coined as "Stockholm Syndrome" or developing trust and affection in kidnapping or hostage cases.

Emma Watson Addressed Concerns Regarding 'Stockholm Syndrome'

Emma Watson, according to reports, have already made great developments and changes for Belle's character since she believes her intellect is not given that much focus besides the fact that she loves to read. In the film, Belle plays also played the role of an inventor, role different from the original animation since it's Belle's father who plays it.
Emma also answered to questions regarding her character being in an abusive relationship. According to Emma, she believes that her character "gets as good as she gives." There's also resistance on her character's part since what Belle does is usually defy Beast.

"I think that's the other beautiful thing about the love story. They form a friendship first; the love builds out of that, which in many ways I actually think is more meaningful than a lot of love stories" Emma stated. She also believes that both Belle and Beast's characters did not try to pretend to be someone to please each other. in fact, the characters irritated each other, then later brought out the "best" versions of themselves.

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