For those unlucky people who haven’t seen Frozen yet, “Let it Go” is amazing and arguably the best part of the movie. It’s the moment when Elsa, cursed since birth with ice powers, realizes that she doesn’t have to hide that part of herself anymore.
Now, this isn’t one of those posts about her ice powers as a metaphor. I want to talk instead about how Elsa and “Let it Go” inspired one of the characters in my Shadows, Echoes, and Reflections series.
Some background: there are three characters that are “reflections” of the main character. Like clones, but each has an emphasis on a different facet of the original’s personality. If you’ve ever seen/read a situation with a character getting split in two, it’s like that.
I’ve always had trouble nailing down those reflections’ personalities. I knew one of them would be aloof and learn magic, maybe mirror magic from the evil queen in Snow White or something. But I never managed more than that.
Until Elsa sang “Let it Go.”
After the movie, I looked up the original Snow Queen fairy tale. I was slightly disappointed not to find the story of two sisters like in the Disney version. I was even more disappointed that the Snow Queen barely did anything. What I did love? The mirror shards that lodge themselves in people’s eyes and hearts and affecting how they see and feel things.
So, like Disney, I will probably create my own version of the Snow Queen so that my character will have something more interesting to do. And she will probably share some characteristics with Elsa.
She’ll be a reflection not only of the main character, but of Elsa as well.
Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.