McGuire is a very popular budding writer who began her career with fanfiction: astoundingly prolific, shortly after acquiring an agent, McGuire sold three series, two of which are currently in print. Tinker Bell says, and I find I agree You have to break rules if you want to break free. McGuire McGuire is currently working on a further collaboration of this piece with indie singer-songwriter S. Tucker, whose work is much in the same vein, and it is safe to say that its message applies to the community as a whole: in refusing to conform to the paradigm of the princess and embracing the role of the rebel, not just as a lone figure but as a member of a movement, they are normalizing the position, expanding it, and developing it to produce a valid alternative.
The plural is crucial.
Tucker has produced five albums in approximately fifteen months, much of them inspired by the mainstream publications of author Catherynne M. Valente, with whom she has a dual-current relationship: each, in turn, inspires the other.
Describing one of her songs, she says My friend Catherynne M. Palimpsest tells the story of four people who cross the border into a true shared-world fantasy on the same night, when each of them separately sleeps with a person marked as belonging to the city, and dreams of being within its precincts.
The result is a novel-length commentary on the nature of community, insularity, and dreaming, of both the desirous and the lucid varieties.
Topically applicable to the culture of neotribalism, Palimpsest garnered tremendous support from the fan community, inspiring trailers, songs, art, and a full- fledged tour. One character, and a very unusual set of circumstances, inspired something more: a highly idiosyncratic, highly successful, multiple-award-winning novel-within-a-novel, soon to become a novel in its own right. It began as the favorite novel of a character within Palimpsest. Recalling her childhood, one of our four protagonists — fantastical November, who alone of her quarto has no last name, and who is, arguably, our primary heroine — considers her introduction to the narrative upon which she consciously models herself.
We read: Weckweet, Gleiss and Schafandre: New York. The book was small, in a brown leather cover embossed faintly with a little girl standing naked on a raft, straight as a mast, her stance determined, holding up her dress as a sail. November had read it exactly times, not counting unfinished perusals… The girl in the book was named September, and she had known this was meant for her, a message from Hortense Francis Weckweet and her father. Perhaps if the girl had not been called September, November would not have read it times.
I have that. A dress like a sail.
As for the dress which it references? Has her author?
Like so many, in the summer of , Valente found herself in dire financial straits. Unlike many, she proposed a novel solution if you will pardon the expression : to write the novel-within-a-novel mentioned in Palimpsest which had inspired so much interest and post it online, for the perusal and judgment of the marketplace. I want to trade something wonderful for a way to keep us alive. And last night I had a thought, a bolt of lightning thought. What I can do is this. Over the course of the Palimpsest tour, people asked me one thing more than anything else. Is it a real book? Will you write it?
And I said no. I will be writing it in real time, posting every Monday.
Folklore Fellows Communications Al Franken's appearance on 'Conan' was no laughing matter. The lighting changes from blue to green to yellow to purple to pink to orange creating a surreal quality. This would be a dream come true to find it again. Lake, Jay. Steve Neale and Murray Smith.
It will be free to read — but please know that the sheer calories to make my brain create it require funding, and I would very much appreciate your support. Valente b For the next five months, Valente updated Fairyland like clockwork. Fairyland is in many ways a more polished revision of Palimpsest, returning to its themes and demonstrating how September could have been a template for November, how November was in point of fact a template for September in a very postmodern Ouroboros of metatextuality.
Although Fairyland does not directly reference Palimpsest, the similarities between the two are marked: from the green hair and commanding personalities of Casimira and her child-sized Fairyland counterpart, the Marquess, to the nature of dreams in their worlds, and, not least of all, the overall moral of the tale.
Her voice was weak, as it often is in dreams. It is something to do with physicks [sic]. Our heroine, September, is enticed away from a boring afternoon of washing pink-and-yellow teacups in Omaha by the tricksy and charming Green Wind under the Persephone Clause of Fairyland. Feeling abandoned by her soldier father and subject to what might be termed the benign neglect of her strong and wonderful mechanic mother, September is susceptible to the allure of an adventure and the opportunity to leave them in return, even as she is shaped by their good examples.
After numerous adventures, not yet at the climax of her journey, she is told: No one is chosen. Not ever.
Not in the real world. Fairyland did not choose you — you chose yourself. You chose. You chose it all.
Just like you chose your path on the beach: to lose your heart is not a path for the faint and fainting. Notes 1. Bibliography: Bottigheimer, Ruth B. Fairy Tales: A New History. Brucato, Phil. Datlow, Ellen and Terri Windling, eds. Disney, Walt, dir. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. California: Walt Disney Productions. El-Mohtar, Amal, Jessica P. Wick, Oliver Hunter, eds. Goblin Fruit. Geromini, Clyde, dir. Sleeping Beauty. Green Man Review. Surlalune Fairy Tales. Wicked Fairy Apologist.
Seattle: Spiderwise Press. Valente, Catherynne M. New York: Bantam Spectra. New York: Tor Books. New York: Routledge. But, as David Butler recognises, there are unique challenges that face the fantasy filmmaker. It is the recognition of this concern that provides an opportunity to go beyond simply assessing how successful the screen fairy tale is as a translation of the oral or written tradition, to engage with broader questions regarding the role of design in cinema.