Archives for October 2009
I’ve been on the lookout for a nice conspiracy theory to get behind, and this is a perfect blending of my interests: namely, actors, and things in museums. The theory: Keanu Reeves is immortal and/or a vampire. The proof: HIS FACE. Also, this painting: Technically, this is actor Paul Mounet, who died in 1922 under mysterious circumstances and didn’t leave a body behind. …BECAUSE HE’S KEANU REEVES. (Bad actor in the last century, bad actor now. IT’S LIKE MAGIC.) At last, believing that the moon landing happened and that Elvis… Read more »
I wanted to tune into White Collar as soon as I heard it was a funny, lightweight show about smart people outsmarting other smart people. I like a few of USA’s other shows, but they tend to be like Psych, where smart people outsmart dumb people, or like Burn Notice, where I just can’t stop staring at the raw sinew in Gabrielle Anwar’s neck. (You were so awesome in The Three Musketeers! Why did Hollywood tell you that you had to weigh 80 pounds?) (Enjoy this visual metaphor for everyone’s… Read more »
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet, but I have an Author Spotlight up on Fantasy Magazine. There are a couple of “Light on the Water”-related questions, and then some questions that get right to the point: What childhood stories scared you the most? One of the early volumes of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has a story about a girl who wakes up one morning to find that spiders are hatching out of her face. It is not the kind of story anyone should bring to Show… Read more »
Over at Fantasy Magazine today, I talk about the movie Legend, and how despite its many missteps (piss off, Tom Cruise), Lily is kind of awesome. And if you’re so inspired, costume-wise, may I recommend: It’s pretty darn close to the original, no? (I’m secretly really excited about this! Did Legend get really cool again and no one told me? Because I have a sweatshirt with a unicorn on the front and the MOMENT Legend is back, I’m wearing that shit.) (Also, obviously the dark Lily costume is way better,… Read more »
So, Damian Lewis (an amazing British actor who came to America’s attention after Band of Brothers and Life) is in a stage play with Keira Knightley. He’s also a diplomat. When asked what he thought of Keira’s acting, he said: Damian Lewis is positive that Keira Knightley will do a terrific job when she makes her debut on the West End stage. …”She’s got quite a successful acting dad and playwright mum, so she can handle herself – Keira is fabulous, she’s an absolute sweetheart – she’s looking forward to… Read more »
I do not have a single icon of architecture or a skyline. That needs to be rectified pronto, I think. In the meantime, my short story “Light on the Water” is up at Fantasy Magazine! It’s about buildings in love.… 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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