Archives for January 2011
SAG 2011 Red Carpet Rundown
The SAG awards were last night! For those who get confused this time of year (it’s understandable, they really pack them in during Stylist Season), the Oscars are the ones people really want, the Golden Globes are the ones where everyone gets drunk, and this is the one where actors can finally stop pretending they care about any of the categories except the acting ones. The red carpet presence for this affair was a little unexpected, both in terms of who showed, and how they looked. For some of these… Read more »
This is going in tomorrow’s red-carpet rundown, too, but I’m a nerd and this can’t wait. Patrick Stewart and his date, Marina Sirtis, at tonight’s SAG Awards. (Fun fact: he brought her so someone can tell him that she senses the other nominees are nervous.) This brings my inner ten-year-old a sense of great happiness, to think that people can still be friends after working so closely for many years, which you think would drive people to want to slap each other decisively about the face and head. Instead, apparently,… Read more »
Klima and Co. have released the cover and TOC for EV’s newest issue, in which I appear alongside a host of awesome people who know who they are. *waves* Click on the image to visit the updated site, which contains poetry, interviews, and fiction teasers! And now I vanish back into wordcount. Since I have plans to leave the house tomorrow (all may gasp, I’ll wait), I have to buckle down and get some stuff accomplished. Blog posts I’ve been working on, like the one about the comparative cultural merits… Read more »
So, because the internet exists, an image of the 2011 Thundercats (really, everyone?) leaked this morning. The studios quickly released an official image that offered a slightly less blurry portrait of their take on the Thundercats, for all the good it did. First of all, bad-nerd alert: the Thundercats were only a blip on my childhood radar. When I looked up the show on the pretty impressive to find screencaps, I realized from their episode guide that I didn’t even make it through the first season. Looking through the… Read more »
First things first: Descended from Darkness: Volume 2 is an anthology of Apex’s online fiction from July 2009 through June 2010, out now in many handy formats! My story “Wondrous Days” is included, alongside some seriously awesome writers, including flisters Mary Robinette Kowal and Ekaterina Sedia. The second thing is that I went to IKEA today. The thing I find most frustrating about IKEA is that, for me, whenever I go, it’s worth it, and therefore whenever I realize that I should probably get a bookshelf so that I can… Read more »
So, the first shot of everyone in X-Men: Rent is Due was released last week. Everyone is wearing their X-uniform (or, in the case of January Jones, some overstock from Ricky’s House of Dancewear), and everyone looked varying levels of grimly-game-for-it and embarrassed. I looked at it and sighed on behalf of all those delightful character actors whose agents had been just WAITING to jump in a franchise. Wither their dignity now?, I thought wistfully, and closed the browser window. I wasn’t going to say anything about it, mostly because… 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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