Archives for November 2009
My review of New Moon is up at Tor.com. I’ll have more to say about this movie, later. (Oh, do I EVER have more to say about this movie.) But for now, read and know that, as you read this, this movie is screening to sold-out theatres across the land. Just…think about it.… Read more »
So, The Prisoner remake happened on Sunday. And apparently it’s still happening? I fell asleep, so I don’t really know, but I wrote it up at Tor.com, with the headline, “I am not a number! I am a free bland!”, which should pretty much give you an idea of what you’re in for. And now, an open letter to Ian McKellen! Dear Ian, I know none of this is your fault. I chose a production still where you look grumpy, specifically to highlight how much this is not your fault.… Read more »
So, “Advection” and “Bespoke” both made the Nebula Suggested Reading List. That is amazing, and it is awesome. If you’re an interested SFWA member (or would just like to check them out!), “Advection” can be read at Clarkesworld, and “Bespoke” can be read at Strange Horizons.… Read more »
1. I suspect this is what all period films look like to my sister. 2. The 1:36 mark is for every English major who ever took an Austen course.… Read more »
This weekend, AMC premiered its remake of the cult-classic sci-fi show The Prisoner. This incarnation was advertised as a bold new direction for the series, which follows a government agent trying to escape from a mysterious tormentor in an isolated village too good to be true. Word to the wise: if you try to take this cult classic in a new direction, you might want to make sure you don’t take the Dark City exit through Pleasantville on your way to M. Night’s The Village, or else you risk coming… Read more »
I’m putting discretion aside and just going for this, because it seems like a good day to mention some short stories I’ve written that are eligible for the Nebula this year. Advection. A girl, a plant, a young man, Panama. Bespoke. Fine clothes for the self-satisfied time-traveler in your life. Carthago Delenda Est. You know how your signature is never exactly the same? It’s like that, with people. The Red Shoes. Tango: world’s creepiest dance. (A full list of my published fiction is available here; most of it was published… 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, Legacy.com

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

Book Review: How to Read a Dress, NPR.org

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.

    [Full article]

    03/20/17

2016 Appearances

Emerald City Comicon
April 7-10, 2016
Seattle, WA

Kent State Wonder Woman Symposium
September 23-24, 2016
Cleveland, OH

New York Comic Con
October 5-9, 2016
New York City

World Fantasy Convention
October 28-30
Columbus, OH