In the comments of my post on Mommytrack'd.com, in which I highlighted the Anti-Princess Reading List, Autumn pointed out that there are plenty of strong, admirable princesses to be found:
If you're like me, and part of you will always love princesses, but you hate how brainless most of them are, try The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Princess Cimerone isn't your typical princess and she'll leave your kids laughing out loud!
My favorite princess is Nausicaa from the Miyazaki film Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. I've already written about how much my kids and I love many of the Miyazaki films, but this one, in particular, is magnificent. Nausicaa is the bravest, most principled heroine I've seen in any animated feature.
I also came across a magnificent picture book by Cornelia Funke (author of the beautiful chapter books Dragon Rider and Inkheart), The Princess Knight. Princess Violetta kicks medieval butt. She's the perfect counterpoint to all the wilting lilies waiting to be rescued or married.
Who's your favorite princess?
[Aside: AJ of Thingamababy is brainstorming anti-princess slogans for a t-shirt for his daughter. Feel free to chime in.]