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08 March 2010 @ 07:18 pm
tell me, where is fantasy bred?  
I was watching PBS the other evening, and a movie critic on Charlie Rose suggested that we were due to see a lot more sci-fi/fantasy films because of Avatar. I remember someone saying something similar about LotR, and while we did get some novel/comic adaptations, did we get much in the way of original fantasy films? I can think of Mirrormask and Pan's Labyrinth, but that's all that's occurring to me.

Or (and this question is partly to do with watching isurrendered)--why is there so little fairy mythology in movies and TV? Again, I can think of Pan's Labyrinth, and that one episode of S1 Torchwood where they were really aliens, of course; but nothing else is coming to mind at the moment. We're getting a lot of vampires right now--they seem to come in waves--and we get ghosts on occasion, and the occasional werewolf (Being Human has the whole trifecta), but not much in the way of fairies*. Help here? Either with suggestions for things I should watch, or with reasons why not?

(*Under that category I'm also including selkies and the like, not just straight-up, "in th'olde dayes of the Kyng Arthour" sort of fairies. Which adds The Secret of Roan Inish to my list, I suppose, now that I'm thinking of it.)

In not really related news, except that I watched the Oscars last night: I feel I need to be more creative. I don't really think of myself as a creative person. Occasionally (very occasionally!) I write things, but they aren't even particularly creative things, if that makes any sense. Or inventive, perhaps that's more what I mean: no one would read something I've written and think, "Whose brain works like that?" as I do with certain authors. I'm horrid at plot, because I just can't invent things that might happen. And I don't know if I can do anything about that, but it's also true that I haven't written anything in a while, and I probably could do something about that. (Though it would really help if the ideas I have at the moment, few and threadbare as they are, didn't require a bunch of research before I could even get started.)
La Reine Noire: Elizabethlareinenoire on March 9th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
The lack of fairy-related television shows is even odder when you look at how many books there are -- not just Lord Dunsany or Tam Lin, but modern fantasy (Holly Black, Delia Sherman, Pamela Dean, etc). Possibly it's because the average viewer immediately associates 'fairies' with Disney?
tempestsarekind: fairy wings [ever after]tempestsarekind on March 9th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
Exactly! It's a robust section of the modern fantasy genre, but rarely seems to make it out of book form.

Possibly it's because the average viewer immediately associates 'fairies' with Disney?

That makes me very sad! But I bet you're right. Which is a pity: fairies can be as weird and strange and frightening as vampires or werewolves!
La Reine Noire: Elizabethlareinenoire on March 9th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
Which is a pity: fairies can be as weird and strange and frightening as vampires or werewolves!

Oh, I know! Even Terry Pratchett makes them scary.
tempestsarekind: queen of fairiestempestsarekind on March 9th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
I mean, vampires can turn you (can werewolves? Or is the debate out on that? I know they can in Being Human, which was unexpected to me), and ghosts can haunt you, and werewolves (and vampires) can kill you--but fairies make you crazy. They give you your heart's desire, and then they snatch it away and run off laughing. They take you outside of time. They steal your children. How is that not scary?
La Reine Noire: Elizabethlareinenoire on March 9th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
I'd always assumed werewolves could turn you provided they didn't kill you. And, yes, fairies are psychologically terrifying.

Possibly it is the sort of terror that works better in book form, but I don't necessarily buy that either.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on March 9th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
I don't know why I always thought you had to be born a werewolf! I have nothing to back me up on this; I just assumed.

If nothing else, I think fairy movies/TV could have climactic standoffs with brave and clever heroines. This is never a bad thing.
S. Worthenowlfish on March 9th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
There's been a movie based on a Holly Black book at least. (The Spiderwick Chronicles.) Which isn't t.v., as you effectively note, but is still on film at least.
tempestsarekind: ofelia readingtempestsarekind on March 9th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reminding me!
S. Worthenowlfish on March 9th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
The last faerie-esque movie I watched, on DVD, was Arthur and the Invisibles (2007). Before that, The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008). Not a lot, but some.

There are two Greek or Roman mythology movies out this year, which seems enough to call it a theme given they are moderatley big budget ones.
tempestsarekind: ofeliatempestsarekind on March 9th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Greek and Roman mythology does seem to be having a bit of a resurgence, this is true. Maybe it's because of films like Troy and 300?