On the surface, fairy tales seem like frothy, predictable stories. But underneath that froth and predictable narrative, are lessons about life that can stay with us, even when we grow up and grow out of fairy tales.
Meagan Spooner’s novel, Hunted, is an adaptation of Beauty And The Beast. It starts out with the traditional telling of the story. The Beauty in this story is Yeva, the youngest daughter of a wealthy merchant. When her father’s business goes under, Yeva and her family must downsize. But this is where Ms. Spooner takes the story in a new direction. Yeva is a hunter, like her father. He is the only one who has come close to killing the mythical Beast that lives in the forest.
Then her father goes missing. Yeva has a choice: marry her wealthy suitor and return her family to the life of luxury they knew or find and kill the Beast that Yeva presumes has killed her father. Instead of taking the easy way out, Yeva hunts the Beast and unfortunately becomes his prisoner. While she is imprisoned in his castle, she will learn not only a few things about her captor, but about the fairy tales she was told as a child.
While every genre has its standard plot points, the author not only hits the plot points, but takes the reader in unexpected places. There is so much emotional depth to the characters and the narrative, in addition to the magic and the mythology, that I felt like I was reading Beauty And The Beast for the first time. I also appreciated that Yeva is a strong female character who is not just a bad ass, but is also complex, interesting and human.
America woke up on November 9th, 2016. When Donald Trump won the Presidential election, it was a shock to us all. It was a reminder that freedom and democracy must be fought for. We cannot sit back and hope we will wake up tomorrow with the same rights as we did today.
The new book Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America, edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding is a collection of essays by prominent female journalists and activists who are using their voices and their podiums to speak of the wrongs that Trump is doing to America and her citizens. The list of contributors the book include Rebecca Solnit, Cheryl Strayed and Nicole Chung.
I loved this book. The contributors all write about a variety of experiences, but their message is the same. We have to resist, there is no other choice in matter. If we don’t, our children and grandchildren will ask us questions we will be able to answer.
Rachel Marron (the late Whitney Houston) is a pop singer who is being stalked and harassed. Her management team hires Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner), a former secret service agent to protect her. While Frank’s past haunts him, he insists on security measures that don’t sit well with Rachel and her entourage. Then things take a turn when Rachel and Frank’s relationship becomes more than star and bodyguard and the stalker gets a little too close for comfort.
This movie is nothing if a modern classic. Not only for the soundtrack and the immortal song “I Will Always Love You”, but for the story of a relationship, both personal and professional that changes the lives of both main characters.
Did anyone else see the American Music Awards last night? Christina Aguilera was beautiful.
Here is to the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard. May future generations of film and music fans come to know and love this film as we have.