Archives for January 2013
The Man from Oz
Say what you will about the Oz books (and I will say plenty, I am not a huge fan), but you can’t say that they haven’t stood firm against an onslaught of dramatic adaptations. Some have been more faithful than others. Several have been an examination of the original text. Many of them have been questionable quality. (One of them was so terrible that I liveblogged the entirety of it, during a violent illness, because if you’re going to make yourself sick, make it count, right?) The most influential (though… Read more »
Red Carpet Rundown: the SAG Awards
Red Carpet season continues, with the awards show that decides it’s time to introduce a ManiCam so we can intensely scrutinize even the cuticles of our chosen royalty! It’s the awards show that dares to ask, Who will award actors if actors don’t award actors? And last night, the Screen Actors Guild answered that call, in an awards show for which actresses and stylist teams seemed determined to look fancy, yet confused and weirdly uncomfortable! However, after a brief misstep in a particularly haute-couture velvet lump at the Golden Globes,… Read more »
Ten Things You Should Know About "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters"
Imagine a room in which every Hammer movie and every unabashedly cheesy ’80s action movie and the one or two SyFy movies that actually worked out (Jersey Shore Shark Attack) got completely drunk and had a blast, and finally someone said, “You know, it’s a shame about Van Helsing,” and someone else was like, “It really is! It was just so SERIOUS,” and someone else said, “Sometimes a B movie should just embrace what it is!” and someone else said, “Did you guys ever get a super incesty vibe from… Read more »
Channel Flip: The Cutting Edge
Channel Flip! Nutshell: Strange Horizons did fundraising, and as a columnist there I offered to watch ten minutes of anything, and discuss it with as little context as possible. Which is great, until someone requests The Cutting Edge, aka Taming of the Shrew on Ice. Timestamp: 0:51:43 LAST NOTE of a montage! Close call, everybody. Moira Kelly’s ice skating, and some dude is offscreening, “Always difficult.” She throws him this: Winner and still champion. He’s her ex-coach, here to mess with her head about her new partner. She parries, with… Read more »
Why Eiko Ishioka Should Win an Oscar for a Really Bad Movie
Movies mean a lot of great and thankless work from a lot of talented people. Moviegoers (myself included) tend to take, as they’re meant to take, the final product as a whole and unbroken illusion. In this illusion, costume design is a natural extension of character and setting – Driver’s white satin scorpion jacket (designed and built by Erin Benach) is his one-stop synecdoche, and Alexandra Byrne’s painstakingly accurate fichus made Amanda Root the poster girl for muslin-strangled emotions in Persuasion. The occasional breakout costume designer becomes something of a… Read more »
Red Carpet Rundown: Golden Globes 2013
Awards Season is ON. Now begins the parade of celebrities carefully dressed in borrowed finery that will go along with a desired public image plotted more carefully than a John le Carre novel. Every awards season, in general, usually has a vaguely-cohesive feel to it, as recent runway trends get condensed to their sparkly essence, alongside the usual standard silhouettes. The Golden Globes, being the first “big one,” is sort of a barometer for the season we can all look forward to. Last year was a year of Full Baffle,… 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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