Archives for September 2011
Most of my brain time the last few weeks has vanished into writing, family time, and cleaning house in an attempt to avoid writing. Sure, there are movies coming up (the mid-90s Beauty and the Phantom homage Rigoletto probably being first on the block, because a movie that disturbing must have been a DOOZY to see as a kid), but before you can blog a movie you have to screencap a mile in its shoes, etc., and somehow I haven’t been able to bring myself to go back and watch… Read more »
Emmys 2011: Red Carpet Rundown
So, the Emmys happened! I didn’t watch (there’s no point, plus since Cate Blanchett lost the Oscar to Gwyneth Paltrow there’s no justice etc.), but I hear that overall, things went well. Plus, Downton Abbey won some things! That’s great news! That damn show and what it does to my blood pressure is something we shall speak of another time. Or, if you follow my Tumblr, I have already spoken of it multiple times and we’re all set. (From left: Elizabeth McGovern in a lovely dress, Joanne Froggatt in one… Read more »
Miss Universe 2011
Miss Universe! Yes, it’s that time again, when hopeful young ladies gather from all around the world to grin their beautiful hostage grins into the camera, and to be dressed like fools in “National Dress” by horrible pageant planners secretly trying to test what young ladies are willing to wear on camera. That answer came back: Practically anything. I have tried to look at this and understand what happened. In the past, this category has been spectacularly awesome (Thailand!) or hilariously fun (the national costume of Iceland is dignity!). This… Read more »
Including some self-promo, handbell choirs, and a confession about the nerdiest things in my attic. First, stories! 1. My terrorism-and-toads story “Bufonidae” will be appearing in the inaugural issue of Phantasmagorium, edited by Laird Barron! It seems like this horror number might be available around Halloween, which is handy, so stay tuned. 2. John Langan and Paul Tremblay’s anthology CREATURES is alive! (It’s not actually in all caps, I think, but I like to type it that way and then imagine I’m a newscaster in a 1950s monster movie.) Covering… Read more »
We Need to Talk: The Scarlet Letter
A week or so ago, I talked about my latest Intertitles column, which makes passing mention of The Scarlet Letter as all that is frightening and uproarious about literary adaptations. In some ways, knowing that the film is “Freely Adapted from the Novel” should tell you what sort of movie you’re in for, but at the same time, it sort of sounds like an adaptation in which Hester Prynne has enough of this Puritan nonsense and peaces out on a dragon to go live in the mountains and do just… Read more »
So, just like I promised/threatened in my post about Adaptation and other Conversations, I rewatched The Scarlet Letter this week to add it to the We Need to Talk Collection of Quality Cinema. WOW, does that movie suck. The last time I saw it I was in high school, and I remember being appalled at the writing, at Demi Moore, at the Kool-Aid Finch, at the wasted supporting cast, and that Eric Schweig’s next big Hollywood option after Last of the Mohicans was some racist nonsense in this pile of… 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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