Archives for June 2013
The Supersizers: Elizabethan
Oh, is it time for Sue and Giles to suit up in period garb and pretend to be married as they eat and/or get completely plastered? It is? Don’t mind if I do! Welcome back to Supersizers, a BBC show that aired in 1905ish, which I’m recapping because look at it. Today, the age of Elizabeth I: Giles is a posturing newmoney, Sue plays a damn fine lute, and they can’t wait to slap her in men’s clothes and eat chicken on the street until they almost throw up.… Read more »
It’s taken me three days to write this. Last week, I posted Dealing With It. There’s been a lot of response, both public and private. I don’t usually write personal essays; I was staggered. I’ve seen people express curiosity about its reception. With good reason; historically, women who speak up are in line for varying levels of vitriol, and this one achieved enough visibility outside my usual readership that people who know how the internet works were probably bracing a little for impact. I was. So far, the response has… Read more »
[Note: This essay speaks largely to my personal experience as a white cisgender woman. I don’t wish to speak for the experiences of others here; I invite your experiences in comments.] [Trigger warning for quotations encouraging sexual assault and racist quotations.] I’m in ninth grade. I’m new to my school. I’m nervous about where to sit in the cafeteria, about what I’m wearing; my new school is bigger than my old one by some multiplier I’m not even sure of. Numbers transpose in my head something awful. I’m maybe most… Read more »
The Fast and the Musketeer-ious
“Besides, we are men, and after all, it is our business to risk our lives.” —Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers I can’t believe I’ve seen the whole thing! No, honestly, I can’t believe I’ve seen all the Fast and the Furious movies. (I’ve also seen all the Underworld movies, but that’s an accident for another day.) I’d managed to catch this road-race-turned-heist-serial at home over the years, except Tokyo Drift, which I saw on a plane because it was the only film on the plane. (Never has a movie so… Read more »
"In the Flesh" and some story news!
News post! My first review for the AV Club went up yesterday! I tackled the BBC mini In the Flesh, which is now airing over here on BBC America. (Slight spoiler warning – the review is for the entire miniseries despite the Ep. 1 tag.) Nutshell: It’s a thoughtful approach to zombies, and excels in the awkward minutiae of trying to put a family back together; some aspects of the story aren’t as carefully, well, fleshed out (featuring Evil Clergyman and a love story between two teen boys that never… Read more »
The AV Club and some TV shows!
So, some of my TV and film writing will be appearing at The AV Club in the near future, which I think is pretty cool. In fact, some of my writing already has! I contributed some foreign-language TV shows for one of their recent Inventories. (You can read the whole list here; there are some very interesting picks here, including some stuff I hadn’t realized was initially made for TV, don’t tell anybody, let’s all just be cool about it.) I came up with three that have stuck with me,… 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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