Saturday Something: Prince Eric

Little Mermaid's Prince EricRecently, the Glamour blog Smitten did a post on what your favorite Disney prince says about you. It’s a super fun idea, but it’s pretty dismissive of Disney princes and the women who love them.

More specifically, the author wrote some really horrible things about Prince Eric:

… Eric is kind of cute, but what else is his appeal, exactly? Is it the castle? Don’t be with him because of the castle … Regardless whether he is a good choice or not (he’s attractive, yet dumb) … You deserve much better. A guy who works for a living and will actually make the first move.

Say what now?! Prince Eric is a super, duper catch! Let me break it down for you:

Little Mermaid's Prince Eric is a GentlemanHe’s a gentleman
No, he doesn’t make the first move. And, yea, he’s a little slow to go in for the first kiss. But what’s wrong with that?!

Eric is a gentleman. He pulls out chairs and welcomes lost souls into his home. He’s patient, kind and respectful. Since when is that a bad thing? I’d date a guy who takes it slow and opens doors for me any day.

Little Mermaid Prince Eric at WorkHe’s a man’s man
He’s quite the upstanding bloke, but he’s also got a boyish, charming side. He’d be right at home hanging out with your friends.

There’s something so appealing about his easy confidence. He’s comfortable in his own skin. He works alongside the men on his ship. He fights a giant sea monster. He’s just so … cool.

Little Mermaid's Prince EricHe’s dreamy
When it comes down to it, he’s just totally gorgeous! Look at that hair. That uncomplicated smile. That thoughtful, far off look.

Maybe I am biased because Prince Eric was definitely one of my first crushes, but … well, just look at him! And he loves dogs. What’s sexier than a guy who loves dogs?

Little Mermaid Kiss the GirlHe’s romantic
Eric plans some amazing dates: row boat in a lagoon. Horse-drawn carriage ride. But what’s more is how he feels about Ariel.

And at the end of the day, he doesn’t even flinch when she turns into a mermaid in his arms. He loves her exactly the way she is. There is nothing more romantic than that.

Little Mermaid Fireworks at SeaHe’s rich
He has his own boat, lives in a castle, employs a bunch of caring and quirky servants and can afford his own fireworks show!

Eric is a gazillionaire. Even better: he doesn’t flaunt it. He wears shiny shoes as well as the next prince, but he’s more comfortable in jeans and a loose-fitting tunic. He’s got the smolder!

Okay. Sure. Prince Eric is a cartoon. He’s not real. And maybe I’m taking this all a bit too seriously. But if he were  real, I’d be in line for a date.

Wouldn’t you?

Who’s your dream Disney prince (or princess)? Let us know in the comments below! 

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