Category: Life
Stuff I've Badmouthed Recently
A few things I’ve badmouthed (or otherwise) recently: Over at io9, I talked about some things Universal can keep in mind when adapting those fourteen Anne Rice vampire books they just bought. (I didn’t realize I had any feelings about it, but then suddenly I was thirteen and buying a copy of Premiere magazine I still own with a huge behind-the-scenes article that fascinated me as much as the movie did.) Surely for something that ambitious they have a game plan, but if they haven’t already considered the toxic-aristocrats angle… Read more »
Penny Dreadful: "Closer Then Sisters"
REAL-LIFE NOTE: On Friday at 7pm I’ll be at BookCourt in Brooklyn to talk about The Girls at the Kingfisher Club with my editor, Daniel Loedel. (It’s called “in conversation” because when they asked me if I wanted to just show up and give a talk I laughed really hard and then hid.) When io9 asked me to write 10 Reasons You Should Be Watching Penny Dreadful, I gave the ensemble their due, because it’s an amazing ensemble, and then gave Vanessa Ives a bullet point all to herself. Partly… Read more »
The Kingfisher Club party!
It happened! (Two days ago, I know, but hopefully a belated a party report is still a party report.) And it was awesome. I can’t thank everyone enough for slogging through the rain to the Back Room to celebrate with me! By the way, the Back Room is gorgeous: Pictures courtesy of my sister, who is awesome, and who took this shot of the snack table that made me laugh out loud for how succinctly it encapsulated my feelings about snacks in general, and about cheese in particular: Accurate. (She… Read more »
The Kingfisher Club Launch Party!
Last time a book of mine came out, I threw a circus. For Girls art the Kingfisher Club, I wasn’t about to let me show myself up, and there seemed only one thing to do. It’s official: I’ll be throwing a speakeasy for The Girls at the Kingfisher Club on Tuesday, June 3, and everybody should come! From 7pm until 11pm on June 3, come down to the the Back Room Bar and celebrate The Girls at the Kingfisher Club! Some details: – I thought about passwords and everything, but… Read more »
This Year.
This year, I walked away from my day job. It might be the wildest thing I’ve ever done (I’m very boring). It’s hard to overestimate the level of caution with which I approach life. I’m the gunslinger seat, the flosser, flat shoes, better not. A day job was a given; writing was the thing you supported with the thing you did ten, twelve, sixteen hours a day. But as it turns out, if you sleep three or four hours a night for a decade or so, eventually a doctor will… Read more »
Two Pictures of the Disney Store
I took two pictures of the Marvel section of the Disney Store in Times Square, a year or so ago. They’ve been on my phone since, for reasons. The boys’ section: * In an interview with Kevin Smith, TV producer and writer Paul Dini mentioned things that DC types and network execs had told him about representation of girls: DINI: “They’re all for boys ‘we do not want the girls’,… 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, Legacy.com

Book Review: HIGH NOON: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic, NPR.org

Book Review: How to Read a Dress, NPR.org

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.

    [Full article]

    03/20/17

2016 Appearances

Emerald City Comicon
April 7-10, 2016
Seattle, WA

Kent State Wonder Woman Symposium
September 23-24, 2016
Cleveland, OH

New York Comic Con
October 5-9, 2016
New York City

World Fantasy Convention
October 28-30
Columbus, OH