Archives for April 2011
What I have to say about Kate Middleton’s dress: lovely, and she couldn’t have asked for a better house than McQueen to help her cosplay as Grace Kelly. (Not that I’m dissing her dress, by the way. I really do think it’s lovely; this silhouette is a classic for a reason. I just think that princesses on their wedding days are under so much political, social, and familial pressure that there’s no way to get out from under those ingrained head-of-state expectations when it comes to the dress. I mean,… Read more »
“The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.”- Carl Sagan Yesterday, news came over the transom that the Allen Telescope Array, which SETI has been using to search for signs of alien life, has been put into “hibernation” because of insufficient funding for the project. It’s unknown how long the project will be on hold. Like many a nerd, I loved Carl Sagan’s Contact from moment one. Like almost no other nerds, I loved the book so much that I… Read more »
You’d think by this LJ that I am not watching any television right now! That is not true. I am, in fact, watching my normal amount of television, and even more so, since Camelot, The Borgias, and Game of Thrones all started up within a few weeks of each other, ensuring I would never leave the house again. My opinion about the three fantasy and/or historical dramas that premiered this spring, summed up as succinctly as possible: Graphics via rosewyck and fuckyeahoborgia, doing humanitarian work capturing this expression for posterity.… Read more »
Here’s a pretty awesome start to the week: Mechanique‘s ebooks are starting to roll out! It is currently available in Amazon/Kindle and Barnes & Noble/Nook editions, but I am told that other editions will be up ASAP! (Trust me, I’ll keep you posted.) And on the paper-copy front, a few people have pointed out to me that for some reason, Amazon decided over the weekend that my book should come out in July. Luckily, Amazon is not my real dad, and I’m told that the official release date remains May… Read more »
Faerie Tale Theatre, Part II: The Campening
In the first part of my “Only the Ones I Feel Like Watching” rewatch of Faerie Tale Theatre, we tackled some of the best, and some of the worst. I have learned some things since. 1) I do not like many of these animal fairy tale retellings, mostly because of the costumes and the tendency to ratchet up the camera-mugging by about 300%. 2) My laptop monitor lies to me about the contrast and saturation of my images, so many of these screencaps look like I have soaked them in… Read more »
Mark Twain is the source of the beginning of the (very long) title of my article at Fantasy, up today: “A silver swan, which had a living grace”: A Brief, Bizarre Collection of Historical Automatons”. The silver swan in question was John Joseph Merlin’s complicated ornithological automaton, which Twain chronicled with wonder in Innocents Abroad. (You know something is impressive when not even Mark Twain makes fun of it.) For anyone who wants to know more about robot ducks that poop, give it a look! (You don’t even know what… Read more »

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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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