Archives for September 2009
DO: Make your daughter Anne of Avonlea! Remember, puffy sleeves mean you love her more than Marilla does. DON’T: Put your eleven-year-old in a saloon girl costume, okay? Just, really not something an eleven-year-old needs to be. DO: Make an owl costume for yourself or your child! DON’T: Make EVERYONE an owl, for god’s sake. I said OR, not AND. Just look at what will happen. Every single member of that fake family is smiling through their tears DO: NOT EVER DO THIS. DON’T: EVER.… Read more »
Tango is strange; danced socially, so much of the nuance is in the feeling between partners that what seems to you like a spectacular dance can look relatively low-key to other dancers. To casual observers, it can look dead boring. There are things that are easy to notice. In the video below, it’s clear that the embrace is fluid, opening and closing a few inches as needed. You can see the perfect balance of each dancer (wheeee!); you can see her articulate adornments that accent the music; you can see… Read more »
So, FlashForward aired last night! My official review is up at My unofficial review: when it gets better, someone call me. This show lost me at the thirty-minute mark, when three characters are talking about the flashforwards in someone’s office. Joseph Fiennes turns to his partner and the FBI director and says, “I saw something.” CUT TO: The sunny atrium in the middle of FBI headquarters. The same three characters are there. The FBI director says, “What did you see?” Any show where they interrupt a conversation so they… Read more »
There was an era (and by “an era” I think I mean “a period of three years”) when Disney set aside the cavalcade of animated princesses and made a couple of unusual movies. They were unusual because of their settings, unusual because of their gentle skew to the adult, and unusual because they were good. Perhaps the best, certainly the most adult of these movies, is The Rocketeer. And by “adult” I mean, “Turn the Lech-o-meter down a notch, Tim Dalton, damn.” “The Rocka-who?”… Read more »
Andrew Niccol was asked to direct the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host; I wrote it up for, though there’s not much comfort in it except that he probably could use the money. (S1m0ne didn’t do so hot.) Readers of this blog know how much I love GATTACA. (Hint: A LOT.) S1m0ne was botched in the execution (no little credit for which goes to Al Pacino, who did his bug-eyed creepster routine instead of acting), but he managed to look slightly ahead of where we are now, and… Read more »
It’s the beginning of Halloween season! I’ll be nerding out at regular intervals between now and then, navigating the dangerous maze of commercial costumes and costume patterns. Today’s Costume: Tudor Lady. Two reasons this dress has a lot of vague knockoffs: it’s expensive and time-consuming to make; also it’s hot as BLAZES, oh my GOD, if you go outside with one of those on any time before October 31 you are basically a ticking time bomb of heatstroke. In previous years, Simplicity has tried to get you to believe this… Read more »

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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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