thaumaturg Main Entry: thau·ma·turg
Etymology: French, from New Latin thaumaturgus, from Greek thaumatourgos working miracles, from thaumat-, thauma miracle + ergon work — more at Theater, Work
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Do we shape stories, or do stories shape us? After going through much of my mammoth collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I think it’s more often the latter. Fairy Tales, in their original non-Disneyesque glory, are dark and disturbing morality tales that have as much relevance today as they did when the Grimm brothers first started collecting them. Many of our ideas about horror, super heroes, science fiction, and even serial killers come from Fairy Tales. Some of them are so insightful on how people behave, that it’s simply stunning; but Hollywood doesn’t seem to care much about those stories…..
There were so many fascinating comments on my post about the dead-girl trend in YA book cover design that I hardly know where to begin addressing them. But as I ambled over to the coffee shop where I write these posts, something about the sight of winter branches and the feel of warm air that lies of springtime turned my thoughts to fairy tales, and from fairy tales back to this discussion.
“Ok, so this is not necessarily a new trend, but within the past month Snow White has been popping up EVERYWHERE in film. With one TV show released earlier this month and two new movie previews released this week. However, this not your average passive, domestic, shrill voiced Snow White that we may remember from the Disney cartoon or the countless other film adaptations.
These Snow Whites, ladies and gentlemen, have agency.”
In response to a recent post here about our beloved, and sometimes contentious, Oxford Coma, Dramaturgy Fellow Kellie Mecleary offered this music video. Just knowing this grammatical darling is out there, popping up in pop culture this way, gives some of us inordinate delight. And causes others to shake their heads, ruefully.
Movies—from the glorious to the gory, and camp to classy—brilliantly and stylishly re-imagined as book covers ala 60s trashy paperback novels. Find your favorite, or request a new one. There’s something about many of these that manages to distill the essence of the movie into that one visual gesture in the best way: story AND tone.
Illustrated — “Highlander: We’re the Princes of the Universe” (by spacesick)