Archives for October 2013
A Handful of Newsblips
I’m headed to England this week! I hope to be able to keep up with some of my shows while I’m gone (two weeks without Reign? Say it isn’t so!), but in preparation for my departure, because I will have forgotten all of this by the time I come back, have a little news! I will be heading to Brighton for World Fantasy this weekend. (Brighton will look different than illustrated.) At this point, I’m not sure it’s possible to be more wary of the con itself, which has done… Read more »
Reign Report: Snakes in the Garden
In an episode in which that title somehow isn’t once mentioned as a sex reference, Reign proved that it’s committed to its premise of not caring, ever, only this week it didn’t care even faster than it didn’t care last week! It also has a sense of humor, because it put this in the opening credits: Oh, SHOW. Pretending there are shifts and stays in this universe? You’re hilarious!… Read more »
Ten Things You Should Know About REIGN
Last night, REIGN (I don’t know why I keep typing it in all caps, it’s just one of those shows) premiered on the CW. I looked at the costumes and wondered if it could really be as shamelessly, deliciously bad as it looked. And oh, the show delivered. Here are ten things you should know. 1. The French court of this world mandated that young women walk in circles waving flags, as punishment for grave sins. 2. I say “this world” because this show is essentially an AU that begins… Read more »
Fall TV Costume Hilarity: Reign
There are period pieces on network TV now! Gone are the Downtons of yore, where Angels costume warehouse was only a delivery range away. In Vancouver, anything goes. (I’m assuming they’re both shot in Vancouver, as with every single other TV show ever.) And we get to enjoy them all, together. Yesterday, we talked about Dracula, a late-Victorian TV show that was trying and failing. Today, we talk about REIGN, which has decided not to even try! When you’re done laughing, let’s get started.… Read more »
Fall TV Costume Hilarity: Dracula
Two TV period pieces have emerged this fall, determined to do whatever they want to with historical record to the point that even the Sleepy Hollow people are tugging on their sleeves and whispering, “Uh, are you sure?” One is DRACULA, a “late Victorian” steampunk show about Dracula trying to make electricity happen, literally. The other is REIGN, a show that is nominally about Mary, Queen of Scots, though we can determine this only because people keep assuring us it is. And since we don’t know yet what exactly these… Read more »
Dracula, Sleepy Hollow, Short Sleeves, and Pestilence
(They’re related. Sort of.) Last week was so wild I don’t really have a circadian rhythm left, thanks to some overnight shifts at an outside gig and a handful of state lines back and forth in under 48 hours for a wedding. I also managed to get to ComicCon for the Steam It Up! panel on Friday. It was a great turnout – thanks so much to everyone who came! – and though I Had Opinions About Steampunk as per usual, things seemed to go well, particularly when someone asked… 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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