Archives for December 2010
Sure, it’s a bit of a culty tagline, but that doesn’t stop anyone from going there, me included! As part of this year’s Yuleish festivities (and in a shocking turnaround from the “watching movies in our jammies” traditions of yore), my family met up with some extended family in Orlando, so that we could visit with each other and/or thrill-seek as necessary. Since I am the kind of person who is mostly thrilled when trying to play tennis (result: not as bad as I feared, but no prodigy I), I… Read more »
Usually, traveling home for Christmas means one train. This time, the family decided to make it a bigger event and gather everyone in Florida. (Obligatory Disney pictures to follow.) That was an awesome and fun idea! Until the storm hit, and Delta completely shut down their phone lines (literally, you got a message saying, “Due to extreme weather conditions, we are unable to answer calls at this time,” and then a hangup, as if the snow had knocked down the single telegraph line that Delta uses for communications). Their site… Read more »
The traditional Yuletide jellyfish wishes you a happy holiday season! (It would work, right? It stings naughty boys and girl and sneaks up through the shower drain to deliver presents?) I’m actually having a very nontraditional Christmas with my family, which I hope to write up in more detail when I have a minute to spare, but whatever time isn’t taken up with family and book edits is taken up with things like playing tennis (I didn’t kill anyone!), so it’s clearly the sort of strangeness in which one must… Read more »
Accidentally-holiday-timed writing update: My story in Way of the Wizard, “So Deep that the Bottom Could Not Be Seen,” is now live as a free read on the anthology’s website! Up next, the holidays! I might be updating sporadically from the road, but in that case Twitter might be the best place to find me. Usually I spend the holidays watching bad movies with family, which is a perfectly awesome way to spend the holidays, but this year I have Plans. I have so many Plans, I can’t even tell… Read more »
Yes, just in time for the holidays, my article “Five Upcoming Plagues (We’re Doomed)” is live at Lightspeed Magazine! It’s a heartwarming wintertime tale about togetherness, sharing, and then more than likely dying from a nasty case of Pseudomonas aeruginosa as modern medicine stands by helplessly, wringing its hands and crying, “If only people stopped taking antibiotics as soon as they thought maybe they had a scratchy throat!” (Please note that the five diseases in the article are just the tip of the nasty, disgusting iceberg made of eensy little… Read more »
I’ve already mentioned Showtime will be starting up their Smexy History Hour after the The Tudors by replacing it with The Borgias, about a family so smexy they can’t even handle each other. Lucrezia Borgia, sensing that the casual “So have you read Flowers in the Attic yet?” conversation with her brother has taken a turn. But today’s I’m less concerned with the intricacies of their family tree, and more about the intricacies of their costuming. Though not a lot of photos have been released, what’s available is interesting enough… Read more »

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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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