Archives for November 2008
…when you watch the first two minutes of Tomorrow Never Dies, where Christopher Bowen and a fifteen-year-old Gerard Butler play Navy men, and then you turn it off because the interesting part is over. (What? Bowen was in Cold Comfort Farm! He has heavenly teeth! CCF 4ever, you guys, no joke.)… Read more »
So over at I’m asking the big questions about which YA vamp books are going to get snapped up, after Twilight’s ridiculous success and the quiet acquisition of the “House of Night” series’ movie rights. You know which one I really wish they would make? A Wrinkle in Time: This One Does Not Suck. Because you guys, seriously, the version they put on TV was dreadful. I made it about halfway through. Maybe a third of the way. The casting of the kids was fine, even if it looked… Read more »
…the agony of internet forums, all in one post on Oh No They Didn’t. I will say this: in the midst of all my issues with Twilight, the thing that actually interests me is the human-shaped hilarity that is Robert Pattinson. He’s awesome, you guys. He rejected the “media training” the studio tried to give him, and has given some of the best sound bytes ever about the movie (including talking about how the book is clearly just Stephenie Meyer’s own sexual fantasies written down, and how Edward is a… Read more »
Before you give in to the lethargy of a full stomach and agree to take your cousin and her BFF to go see Twilight just for a few hours away from the relatives, there are Ten Things You Should Know. I am not messing around, people. Hannah will back me up here. It is no joke, going to see this movie. It is Serious Bizness.… Read more »
Dear Friends, Technically this is a Thanksgiving warning, since we will all be going home and trying to deal with relatives and friends through a few bottles of wine. However, it is an all-purpose warning, really: if you are drunk (or sober, this is seriously all-purpose), Avoid Dancing Alone. When you dance alone, you think you look cool. It’s ingrained in us; we have a the genetic need to do the Shopping Cart at random intervals, to chase away potential predators. However, when this urge hits you, please remember that… Read more »
So I wrote Fantasy’s Guide to Holiday Fashion as a spoof of all those horrible “Here are the best dresses for the party scene!” articles you see everywhere at the end of the year. Hint: I don’t go to parties. I don’t want dresses for imaginary parties. Show me pleats or keep it moving! Entertainment Weekly, in an attempt to fill a slideshow quota, put up Five Movie Costumes That Could Hit The Costume Hall of Fame, which I am pretty sure does not actually exist. Also, they chose end-of-year… 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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