Book Review: Myths & Magic: Queer Fairy Tales

Book Title: Myth & Magic: Queer Fairy Tales
Editors: Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman

I want to be wicked with you.
From Bad Queens in Myth & Magic: Queer Fairy Tales edited by Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman

Final Verdict: An interesting mix of fairy tales and queer stories, but ultimately only a few stand out stories.

For the full review, click the name of the book.

Random News: Movie Updates

Hello Lovely Readers,

So this past week I stumbled across news for two sequels that I had sort of forgotten about. One was sad news for me, and the other pretty good news. I thought I would share them with you.

The first is from Buzzfeed where they bring out the facts about the American adaptation of The Millennium Trilogy. You can read the article here, and basically they sum up why we will probably not be seeing the next two movies. Which is a bit sad for me, as I loved the series, and the first movie wasn’t bad. However, I really loved the second two films in the original Swedish. Unlike Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I had read the last two books before I saw the movie and knew how hard those would be to adapt. Even though I enjoyed the English adaptation of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I still loved the Swedish one better, and was worried how Hollywood could adapt those next two books, which tell one huge conspiracy story! The article points out that it has been 4 years and there hasn’t really been any push to follow up the first movie, and that was a shock to me as it seems like it was just released. So I am sad to not see more from this series, but in the end it is probably for the best. Plus I still have the boxed set of the Swedish version, and those are excellent!

The second news is not anything new, as it had been talked about a couple years ago when the first on came out, but not things are more official. There is an article on Yahoo that you can read here, that talks that the next Snow White and the Huntsman movie would be without Kristen Stewart in it. Frances and I heard this news way back when, and to hear it again is encouraging. Our favorite parts of the first movie were the witch (Charlize Theron) and the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and they are both looking like they will be back. While I dislike the fact that this may be because Stewart was caught having a fling with the director, since she seemed to get the whole blame, whereas he was in a position of authority over her and got away with it, she was one of the two worst things about the movie. The best thing I had to say about her character was at least she didn’t talk much, which is not a great thing for your lead. The other trouble was the ending of the movie and the supposedly rousing speech Snow White gives, which was so muddled it completely lost everyone! With better writing and directing, and with our favorites back, the sequel could be so much better than the first movie, but only time will tell.

What do you guys think about this news?

Until next time,

Random News: Missing the Mark

Hello Lovely Readers,

So sometimes when companies try to advertise their projects they completely miss the mark, and even worse sometimes they annoy the very people they were trying to entice. I have just run into that twice in this past week, so I thought I would share those with you guys.

The first is the new “teaser” trailer for the live action Cinderella movie. It Disney’s words that it is a “teaser” trailer, I would call it either a tease trailer or a blatant cop-out. France was in the office when I watched this and she can attest to my rather unimpressed reaction to the trailer. Basically I was looking forward to just a couple glimpses of the world, characters, anything. Instead the whole thing is just a computer generated shot of the glass slipper…yes that is all…Clearly I am still upset about this. It feels like they were supposed to release a trailer and did not have enough prepared and this was the best they could do. Personally, I think if that is all they have ready, then release a poster or a gif. Honestly, they just should not have bothered, because instead of making me more excited for the film, I am almost ready to write the movie off. What do you guys think, check out the “trailer” below.

The second one isn’t nearly as bad, but I still think they missed the mark. It is a slideshow of updated outfits that our favorite literary heroines might wear, which you can check out here. While it is kind of nice to flip through, the one thing that really stuck out to me was the price of all the items. These are not things that normal book readers would be able to afford, most of the items are ridiculously expensive. Now for some heroines this might work, but others like Lizzie Bennett who is a very practical woman, would probably not be found dead in these. So while I appreciate the effort, I feel like maybe they need to spend some more time getting to know these characters before they say what they would have worn!

What do you guys think, are there times when companies mess up so bad it puts you off a product? When or what was the last item to do that to you? Am I overreacting to my feelings to the Cinderella “trailer”?

Until next time,

 

Book Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Book Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer

Amusement touched the corner of his lips. ‘Animals love me.’
‘Oh, I’m sure they do,’ Scarlet said, beaming with fake encouragement. She shut the door before muttering, ‘What farm animals don’t love a wolf?
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

 

Final Verdict: A modern adaptation of Red Riding Hood that will enchant readers of all ages.

For the full review, click the name of the book.

Random News: Harry Potter Movie World News and New TV Show

Hello Lovely Readers,

So I am a little late to share this news, and I am still not sure how I feel about it. It was announced earlier this week that the new film in the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts, will be at least a trilogy. You can read the article here. While I love the idea of a new Harry Potter world movie, I am not sure I want three, especially as they are looking to release them one year apart like The Hobbit movies. I guess this is one thing that I will just have to judge as we get to see footage.

Also this week I found out that there are plans for a live action Little Mermaid film directed by Sofia Coppola. The main rumors about the movie so far are that Emma Watson (Hermione from the Harry Potter movies) is in talks to play Ariel. However, Watson has said that she has not seen the script yet, so she hasn’t actually taken the part (read here). I am not sure if I see her as Ariel, but I am interested in a live action Little Mermaid film, as I am curious if they will keep to the Disney story or go to the darker original text!

The last news is all the build up I have been seeing for the new TV series, Penny Dreadful. I have to say I am very interested to see the series. Many of my favorite book characters (like Jim from The Sally Lockhart Mysteries) read penny dreadfuls. Even better, this TV series seems to have a decent budget and some great actors, but best of all they promise some of my favorite Gothic literary characters (such as Dorian Gray, Frankenstein’s Monster, Mina Harker). Buzzfeed did a neat article looking at the production of the series as well as several trailers, here. Also Doctor Who actress, Billie Piper, will also be one of the characters in the show (article here). You can watch one of the trailers below.

So what do you guys think about the Fantastic Beasts movies? Would you see a live action Little Mermaid? And will anyone else be tunning in to watch Penny Dreadful?

Until next time,

Movie Trailer: Maleficient Trailer Two – Epic!

Hi everyone,

Maleficient is a remake of the Sleeping Beauty tale released by Disney in 1959 (originally written by the Brothers Grimm). There is a twist though – the movie will be from Maleficient’s perspective and will show the events that led to Maleficient becoming a villain. When I saw the first trailer for Maleficient I was rather disappointed and underwhelmed. You can see my review of the first Maleficient trailer here: Maleficient – What a disappointment!

The second trailer for Maleficient is so much better.You can see the trailer below:

 

The second trailer for Maleficient focuses almost entirely on Maleficient, with only small glimpses of the King, Fairies, and Aurora. There is a creepy feel to the trailer with Lana Del Ray singing “Once Upon a Dream,” in the background, the classic song from Disney’s earlier adaptation of Sleeping Beauty (1959). You can listen to Lana Del Ray’s version of “Once Upon a Dream” below.

 

The focus on Maelficient, gives the viewer a better idea of Maleficient’s character. I was worried after seeing the first trailer that the remake had lost the essence of Maleficient in Disney’s earlier adaptation of Sleeping Beauty (1959). I wanted to see her laugh (or cackle), her temper, and her magic. Everything that was missing from the first trailer is definately there in the second trailer. Angelina Jolie really plays the part well! My favourite clip from the trailer is toward the end where Maleficient pretends to be apologetic and sympathetic before breaking into a huge grin and laughing to show that she just doesn’t care. It is brilliant and a nice nod to Disney’s first adaptation of Sleeping Beauty (1959), crow and all. I also really like the costumes for Maleficient. There’s the traditional black dress and cloak with a black headdress giving her the appearance of horns, but there’s also a brown outfit with more horns.

In an interesting twist on Maleficient’s appearance, there is also a clip showing Maleficient used to have wings. I assume because she used to be a fairy before she went bad. This isn’t from the second Maleficient trailer, but it’s so awesome that I had to include it here!

 

The trailer also shows more of Maleficient’s powers. I love that they’ve bought green into her character through her eyes and her magic, as this is a colour that was associated with Maleficent in Disney’s earlier adaptation of Sleeping Beauty (1959), albeit the green was the shade of Maleficient’s skin.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the dragon is made from the forest! A nice twist, indeed. I also can’t wait to see the big battle between Maleficient and her forest army and the King and his army. That should bring a good amount of action to the movie.

I am really excited to see this movie now, although I am still concerned about Aurora, particularly the really bad accent that Elle Fanning is using (see Maleficient: What a disappointment!). Let’s hope Aurora isn’t in the movie that much! This really should have been the first trailer, not the second.

What do you think of the second trailer?

Book Review: Follow the White Rabbit (Beautiful Madness #1)

Book Title: Follow the White Rabbit (Beautiful Madness #1) 
Author:
Kellie Sheridan

In the 150 years since Alice’s visit, the realm has become tainted—almost normal. Rabbits in waistcoats and playing card minions are little more than creatures of myth, and Wonderland is literally falling to pieces.
Follow the White Rabbit by Kellie Sheridan


Final Verdict:
A different take on a classic children’s story, but the story stops abruptly so be prepared to read books 1 and 2 back-to-back.

For the full review, click the name of the book.

High Arts Corner: Sleeping Beauty Ballet

Title: Sleeping Beauty
Performed by: Birmingham Royal Ballet
Where: Birmingham Hippodrome
When: 8 October 2013

I know you
I walked with you once upon a dream…
But if I know you, I know what you’ll do
You’ll love me at once
the way you did once upon a dream

Once Upon A Dream” from Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Final Verdict: Unless you are a huge fan of any ballet, give this one a pass, especially with kids or a date that is uninterested.

For the full review of this performance, click the title.

Random News: Authors on Censorship and Cinderella

Hello Lovely Readers,

Today is kind of a mixed day. First I thought I would share a neat link over at Buzzfeed. This article has 11 quotes from authors on censorship. This is one of their recognitions of Banned Book week.

The second is to share one of the first pictures from the upcoming Cinderella movie. This movie is being directed by Kenneth Branagh, and right now is set for release in early 2015. The article, that you can read here, says that Cinderella/Ella will be stronger and sexier than the 1950’s Disney version. I do have issue with the article claiming that Cinderella has never been shown to be strong, as Ever After is a Cinderella story, and she fights with fists, swords, and most of all her intelligence. But that point aside, it is rather exciting to have another fairytale based movie to look forward to!

Until next time,