Archives for September 2008
1. TV departed – my list of Eight Reasons You Should be Downloading the First Season of “The Middleman” is live at Fantasy Magazine. Because if my weekly gibberings haven’t convinced you, then by god, a numbered list will! 2. TV present – I think weekends on the SciFi channel are designed to sap my will to live. The fact that I watched Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves WILLINGLY, THREE TIMES rather than watch the SciFi channel is proof of how bad the SciFi movies are; when I can’t sit… Read more »
(Note: this isn’t a Questionable Taste Theatre, because Questionable Taste Theatre is movies I actually like, or movies I suspect are good. This, despite its train-wreck glory, is neither of those.) Some wiseacre decided to air Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves over the weekend, when they knew I would be helpless with illness right in front of the TV and be forced to watch it! …three times! And you guys, we need to talk.… Read more »
With recent events, in a country where the rich steal from the poor and then expect the poor to bail them out, it all seems a terrifying, crazy, hopeless mess. We could all use some escapism. (And, eventually, a plot of land on which to grow vegetables and process our own graywater as we wait with our guns in our laps for nightfall, when the raid-gangs come. But that’s not what Questionable Taste Theatre is about!) This week’s Questionable Taste Theatre honors a movie in which a terrifying, crazy, hopeless… Read more »
Good news: in her new movie, Keira Knightley wears chemises, as you can see around the neckline of this frock: Bad news: people are still casting Keira Knightley in movies.… Read more »
Note: I am not generally a shoes person. My favorite shoes are my orthopedic loafers, because they provide arch and heel support. And because I’m eighty. However, sometimes when you pass a secondhand store and stop to buy a friend a 75-cent copy of that classic Harlequin Regency The Highwayman (“Everything about him screamed danger!”), you end up going so far back into the cramped, narrow store that you come out in Narnia – being sensible, you quickly backtrack, and find the shoes. And among the clunky, worn black shoes… Read more »
I have been waiting for this exhibit since I heard it was coming; this is like my World Series of second-tier musuem exhibits. America and the Tintype, on display through January 4, 2009, explores the venerated history of the tintype as a marker of blah blah blah political upheaval blah blah technology whatever. The copy on the website basically reads like that throughout, which is fine, because they know that just by looking at the main ad image for this campaign, you’re going to go. Right? Who can look at… Read more »

Recent Work

TV Recaps: Elementary, Season 5

TV Recaps: Victoria, Season 1

TV Recaps: Reign, Season 4

TV Recap: Bates Motel, "Hidden"

Fiction: "Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home", Clarkesworld

Film: How many movies about grief this year? All of them,

Book Review: HIGH NOON: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic,

Book Review: How to Read a Dress,

Nonfiction: A Doom of One's Own, Clarkesworld

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  • Whether you will, or no

    I wrote a piece for VICE about consent as fantasy element in the 18th-century “Beauty and the Beast,” and a little about what happens to the shape of the tale when a retelling (say, I dunno, Disney) alters those elements: “How Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Became the Darkest Tale of All.“

    An excerpt:

    The most powerful force in Beauty and the Beast isn’t magic, or even love, but consent. Most retellings of Villeneuve’s version are careful to keep it. The Beast is clear that Beauty must know what she’s getting into. (In Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s 1910 version, it’s still more explicit: The Beast warns Beauty’s father to “be honest with your daughter. Describe me to her just as I am. Let her be free to choose whether she will come or no…”) Later, the Beast asks Beauty herself if she comes willingly. And that first dinner is marked by the Beast’s deference to her wishes. Beauty’s earliest surprise is how much power she wields. Even in his nightly request that Beauty marry him, he defers. Andrew Lang emphasized the power dynamics in 1889’s Blue Fairy Book:

    “Oh! What shall I say?” cried Beauty, for she was afraid to make the Beast angry by refusing.
    “Say 'yes’ or 'no’ without fear,” he replied.
    “Oh! No, Beast,” said Beauty hastily
    “Since you will not, good-night, Beauty,” he said.
    And she answered, “Good-night, Beast,” very glad to find that her refusal had not provoked him.

    Lang was one of many who used marriage proposals for the nightly request (Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s 1756 retelling was the first), but Villeneuve was under no illusions about the story’s undertones. In her original, Beast asks Beauty to sleep with him. Beauty’s power is the ability to withhold sexual consent.

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