"I loved Elsa, but I didn’t like that her quiet and refined side came from her repressing her feelings. Not everyone can relate to being feisty like Rapunzel, Merida and Anna. I want a princess who is happy being more reserved and is still shown as being strong"
WARNING, SLIGHTLY SPOILERY RANT AND I AM GOING BY MY MEMORY OF SEEING THE MOVIE LIKE TWO WEEKS AGO.
I hear what you’re saying, and to a point I agree, but I can still see Elsa as a very reserved character even before she started repressing her feelings, especially compared to her sister. Yes, her fear of her powers did make her more reserved, but I think she was pretty reserved to begin with. To be fair we didn’t see a lot of their childhood, but when she and Anna play together as little girls we see the difference between their two personalities pretty quickly. Anna is constantly moving and giggling and trying the daring stunts, with which Elsa literally cannot keep up (this of course gets them in trouble but I’m not going to get into that right now). Anna is the one who wakes Elsa up early in the first place: Elsa seemed happy to stay in bed. She only gets up when Anna says “Do you wanna build a snowman?” their code words for her using her powers. And while Anna is running around having fun, acting “feisty” if you will, Elsa is enjoying herself in a more quiet way and using her magic as a creative outlet. At coronation, her quiet demeanor is probably in part due to her fear of her powers, but she’s still a lot more composed than Anna. And what’s the first thing we see her do with her powers once she runs away? (Well first she creates Olaf which is another whole essay of itself) She creates an ice palace where she thinks she and everyone else will be safe. Someone like Anna or Merida would probably try to assert herself a little more. Even after she learns how to control her powers at the end of the film, we don’t really see her start going crazy, she just uses her powers the same way as she did as a child. I kinda lost the rant here, but what I’m trying to get at is while her powers are a factor, her shyness seems to be inherent as well. And the fact that Anna ends up accepting that is what makes the ending a beautiful moment.