1. Why doesn't sentimentality in art and literature appeal to the elite class?
2. Themes and tones of melodrama have transcended from Disney's Mellerdrammer to recent Disney releases such as Frozen and Tangled. Why might this be? (My initial guess is that it's because they are designed for young, undereducated audiences-- the "non-elite." But adults enjoy these films as well. Is a favoring attitude toward melodrama instilled in us when we are young, is melodrama somehow superior to all other forms, more vastly comprehensible, etc?) Or do you disagree with me? I.e., Have melodramatic rules not been applied to the newest Disney movies? (They have certainly been modified. Damsels are in less distress than they used to be.)
Sorry for the elaboration. Big Disney fan.
3. What distinguishes American melodrama from the genre that coalesced in France in the 1800s?