Archives for December 2011
I don’t tend to do big year-in-review posts, but this year I wanted to take a second. Behind the scenes, there were ups and downs (family, day job, work-life balance, and the like), but I came out the other side of 2011 all right. I even managed to get out of the house enough to attend some lovely cons where I hung out with some lovely people, and there were no champagne fights or anything! Writing-wise: I published my first novel, Mechanique! It is a great feeling to hold a… Read more »
The Catherine Cookson Experience: "The Moth"
So, here’s the deal: Part of me always wanted to save the best Cookson for last. However, the moment comes in your life when you realize you are just never going to make it through A Dinner of Herbs, and if I waited for that to happen before I did The Moth, this entry would be dated sometime in 2017. So, let’s just end 2011 on a high note, with the very best Cookson of them all: The Moth! The Moth is actually where all this rigmarole got started in… Read more »
Firstly, I hope everyone had or is having a happy nondenominational winter section of time full of some kind of delicious baked goods! (I tend to the Amateur Astronomer Nighttime Appreciation Celebration with iced sugar cookies, myself.) Secondly, something extremely fun happened! (Jade pendant, 3rd century BC) Recently, Esther at Fantasy Magazine asked if I wanted to write about dragons. DID I EVER. “Three Dragons” is the result of some serious nerding out and a refusal to cull quotes (they’re all awesome, I put them all in there, I regret… Read more »
Ridley Scott puts out a Prometheus trailer that smacks a couple of generations of nerds right in the face by haunting the trailer for Alien. Do I dig it? The throwback elements of it, I do. The lack of non-screaming face-time for Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron, not so much. (I’d go into the underpants shot, but that means talking about the scene in Alien that is 110% underpants, -15% alien vanquishing, and that would lead into more than anyone wants, so we’ll just pretend nothing’s up.) And someday I… Read more »
So, they released a teaser trailer for The Hobbit! Let’s get this out of the way: I am one of the bajillions who has strong childhood memories of The Hobbit, and in the back of this whole analysis there is a four year old who keeps that book on her bedstand at all times and can already sing most of the songs from the animated movie, which I will go to the mat for a hundred times, because despite it being associated with the dreadful animated Lord of the Rings,… Read more »
My latest Intertitles column is up at Strange Horizons! Frame Story is the one where I completely nerd out about two really impressive films, Drive and Shame, and some of the formal elements that they employ to great effect as narrative devices. I liked both of these movies to a somewhat-surprising degree; I tend to come down harshly on movies about Dudes Falling Apart with damsel-in-distress leading ladies AND movies with a lot of violence and overly-objectifying nudity, but both movies rose above those problems. The violence in Drive is… 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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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