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I've discussed both here and on my other blog how Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale. I've written a gender-swapped version of it. It's my favorite Disney animated film. I've explored and analyzed every angle of it. So how can it be, as advertisements for the upcoming live action remake flood the Internet, that my primary response is grumbling annoyance?
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Mar. 11th, 2016 04:05 pm
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I find myself in a bit of a slump, writing-wise. This has happened before and will doubtless happen again, yet it always hits me hard.
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We were at the bookstore the other day (mostly to buy a DVD of The Princess and the Frog, because we liked it and we want to support classic hand-drawn fairy tale movies, by golly!) and Ryan saw the appallingly monolithic displays for Twilight merchandise. He kept pointing out the apple excitedly ("A-glottal stop-l! A-glottal stop-l!") And I kept replying, "Yes, Ryan, that's a poisoned apple." I suppose I was hoping someone would hear me and respond. :P

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Dec. 18th, 2009 04:02 pm
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So I'm participating in a round of critiques at Miss Snark's First Victim, and it's been a good exercise. The theme of this particular exercise is "danger." I've gotten enough positive comments about my writing to re-inflate my punctured-by-form-rejections ego, and some useful areas for improvement. I'm amused to see that some people are delighted by the Beauty and the Beast twist, and others are concerned that my main character wouldn't have the proper motivation to help his captor. In fact, she's not technically the one keeping him trapped there. It was too complicated for me to explain in a few sentences. It's interesting seeing how people interpret the scene without the full context.

I had resolved to send out a few more queries before the new year, but on second thought it's probably a bad idea to do that right before the holidays, right when everyone wants a break. I'm not putting it off, really! I'm starting up again as soon as January comes. Gulp.


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