In Disney’s new movie, “The Princess and the Frog,” the young girl Tiana, upon hearing the story of the Frog Prince, vows she will never kiss a frog. Then when she grows up, she does kiss one. However, unlike the original story, in the animated film the frog doesn’t turn into a prince. Instead, Tiana turns into a frog.
The author of the book, NEVER KISS A FROG: A Girl’s Guide to Creatures from the Dating Swamp reports that Tiana initially had it right. Dating coach and author Marilyn Anderson says, “I loved this movie, since it twists the original myth that girls have been brought up to believe: Kiss a frog and he’ll turn into a prince. The truth is, frogs don’t turn into princes. Once a frog, always a frog.
“Even in Tiana’s case, although she becomes a princess and her frog ends up a prince, she has to endure horrible things along the way, such as turning into a frog herself! Although it all ends happily, with great animation and terrific songs, it is still a fairy tale,” warns Anderson. “In real life, hooking up with men who are frogs won’t lead to a happy ending.”
Women must realize that “The Princess and the Frog,” is totally make believe. It’s fun to read, and fabulous and funny to watch, but you don’t want to LIVE it. If you meet a guy who is a frog, throw him back in the swamp!
In “Never Kiss a Frog,” Anderson describes all kinds of frogs that women should steer clear of, including Sir Frogalot, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Toad, The Bully Frog, The Full-of-Bull Frog, and many more. It is an intelligent and amusing collection of funny dating stories, savvy advice tips and comical illustrations depicting the frogs. Each chapter ends with a Wart Warning or Ribbet Snippet.
Some examples of Frogs and their Wart Warnings:
Croak and Dagger: Mystery men can be exciting, but if he’s mysterious too long, YOU should be the one to disappear.
The Obsessed-with-his-Ex-Frog: If he can’t get her out of his mind – get him out of yours.
Count Frogula: Any guy who drains the life out of you… sucks!
The Godfrogger: If he’s a wiseguy, be a wise girl – FROGGEDABOUDIT!
In addition to the book, Ms. Anderson has created a new webisode series, Never Kiss a Frog, which is set to premiere on the Internet soon. She also has eco-friendly tote bags, called ToadBags which feature five of her frogs, as well as a line of greeting cards, Frognotes… laugh til you croak!
CREDENTIALS: Marilyn Anderson is an award-winning film and television writer. She has written for Murphy Brown, FAME, and Carol & Company starring Carol Burnett, Richard Kind and Jeremy Piven. Marilyn won a LUMINAS Award for the positive depiction of women in film and television. In New York, she performed comedy at The Comic Strip and The Improvisation. Before that, she was a scientist, but she never dissected frogs. Now she is studying human frogs in detail! Marilyn has appeared on over 250 radio & television shows, and at speaking engagements across the country with her unique blend of comedy and advice. She is the author of NEVER KISS A FROG: A Girl’s Guide to Creatures from the Dating Swamp.
Visit her “webbed” site at: www.neverkissafrog.com
AVAILABLITY: California, nationwide by arrangement and telephone; available last minute
CONTACT: Marilyn Anderson 310.502.4047 (CA)