Archives for April 2014
A Look at 'Penny Dreadful'
The pilot for Penny Dreadful leaked on Monday night; since I’ll be recapping the show at io9, I felt obliged to do a spoiler-free rundown over there yesterday so that anyone on the fence could get a sense for how it’s going. (Short version: It feels just about right for a pulpy, pretentious read on Victorian Gothic mainstays, and the cast manages to be in difference facets of the same show, which bodes well for both tonal variety and more monologues where Timothy Dalton gets to say things like “I… Read more »
Reign Report: "Toy Soldiers"
Last night, Reign decided to go off the rails, but not in a “Clarissa hires someone to whistle at Nostradamus” way, because you don’t get that kind of glory twice. In fact, this show has forgotten Clarissa in a major way. It’s also mostly forgotten the Darkness! It also forgot all those times Mary was a super-efficient master of statecraft. What it did remember? That people need to be making out, that’s what. The handmaidens are not impressed.… Read more »
[Trigger warning: discussion of rape scenes. Spoiler warning: discussion of last night’s Game of Thrones.] Last night, absolutely nobody was watching Turn at 9pm, because everyone was watching Game of Thrones. As Turn isn’t very good (yet), that’s not surprising. I was watching, though, as I’m recapping it at AV Club; I was excited because the episode was markedly better than the ones before it, and especially excited to get a relatively meaty scene between protagonist Abraham Woodhull’s wife Mary, and Anna Strong, his old flame and current co-conspirator in… Read more »
Reign Report: "No Exit"
Welcome back to Reign, the show that probably has no idea what’s going on, but is determined to burn through whatever it is as quickly as possible! Last week, everybody hopped from Point B to about Point K. This week is no exception, as we either leap ahead with unseen plot points or tread water as hard as possible, with the added bonus that Greer, currently lacking a subplot and the only remaining unmarried handmaid, has given herself the subplot of being So Done:… Read more »
Robot Uprisings, Cabbages, and Some Dolls
April is vanishing (it’s terrifying!), and so I’ve fallen behind on news. Let’s play catch-up before Reign tomorrow, when my entire brain will fill with lace bolero jackets and wild character swings and Megan Follows nibbling scenery with careless panache. Last week, Robot Uprisings came out, co-edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams, and it does what it says on the tin. My story is a road trip of questionable means entitled “Eighty Miles an Hour All the Way to Paradise,”… Read more »
Reign Report: "Liege Lord"
So, I think we can all agree by now that actually recapping what happens on this show is something of a futile gesture, since every episode increasingly feels like the writers do this to the season notes before they start writing every episode: For instance, the Darkness that has enveloped the last two episodes is not even mentioned here, unless you count the king’s headaches (Nostradamus and Olivia don’t even show up). Even if the Darkness was still a primary concern, at this point in the series I’m pretty sure… Read more »

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TV Recaps: Victoria, Season 1

TV Recaps: Reign, Season 4

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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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