Tuesday, December 18, 2012

All I Want For Christmas...

Being a scholar in English Lit., I need books, of course?

I'm especially eager to read Fairy Tale Queens. There's a chapter, "The Queen's Wardrobe: Dressing the Part," which could have been written especially for me! Although I'm also intrigued by "The Fairest of Them All: Queenship and Beauty." Every chapter looks fascinating and I have high hopes.

Yesterday I was thrilled to discover a collection of essays, "The Wider Worlds Of Jim Henson: Essays on his work and legacy beyond The Muppet Show and Sesame Street" that has just been released. It has essays on Labyrinth, once of my all time favourite films! "Anti-consumerism in Labyrinth" particularly caught my eye. I'm very interested in the correlation of fairy tale and consumerism.

I'm also hoping to pick up Marvelous Transformations: An Anthology of Fairy Tales and Contemporary Critical Perspectives. There's some fresh translations of some of my favourite tales.

Away from books, I could really use the boxed set of Once Upon A Time. What began as a cursory interest is developing. The latest episodes featuring a quartet of fairy tale princesses on a quest have won me over, not to mention scenes of Rumplestiltskin and Belle eating hamburgers on their date. I really love the latter romance. Belle is one of those fairy tale heroines who has always been strong, but always within patriarchal space. This Rumplestiltskin is a different kind of Beast, though. He has a feminine quality that goes beyond his deftness with a spinning wheel. I want to see where this goes.

Incidentally, could I include a spinning wheel on my list?

On a craftier note, I could definitely use some Pride and Prejudice fabric. The designer even has the zombie version, as well as some cute Wizard of Oz fabric. Damask fabric featuring Austen quotes is also good. And who wouldn't like some Walter Crane mermaids?

I hope everyone has a great holiday season.

*Note: I think I might already have some of these under the tree... shhh... I don't suspect a thing.

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