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11:51 am: B A Faerie Guest Blog By Me

Today, I am the blogger at the Bad Ass Faeries blog.

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Bad Ass Faeries? Sounds like a contradiction in terms, right? Aren’t faeries little, sweet, flitty things that paint flowers? What are these people thinking?

 In truth, the concept of bold, outrageous faeries is not as far from the original concept as we might first think. The modern idea of faeries, popularized by picture books and Disney, comes from the Victorian Age, when faeries stories were relegated to the nursery. In earlier ages, fairytales were often cautionary tales that urged the listener to beware of foolishness and vice. The faeries portrayed were often frightening creatures who could be dark and cruel, arrogant and dangerous.

 Isn’t that a lot like our modern idea of a “bad-ass dude”?

 I am reminded of the movie A Knight’s Tale (which tried to do for Chaucer what Shakespeare In Love did for Shakespeare). It opens with a joust set in olden times. Suddenly, as the opening credits rolled, the crowd starting singing “We Will Rock You.” My first reaction was “What are they thinking? This is so inappropriate for this time period.” Then, suddenly, like a switch being thrown, I got it. The movie was attempting to show us jousts as they must have seemed to the people at the time—not fancy and highfalutin, as portrayed by later writers. To the people of the time, they were like our sporting events, so the film had the audience act like modern folks watching a ball game.

 Bad Ass Faeries are a lot like that, taking the enchantment out of the children’s books and putting it back into real life. Bikers, soldiers, pirates: what would they be like if they had magic?  What would they be like if they had wings?

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From:justjohn
Date:October 1st, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)

Yogi could have reduced that to one sentence or less.

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To me, "Bad Ass Faeries? Sounds like a contradiction in terms, right? Aren’t faeries little, sweet, flitty things that paint flowers? What are these people thinking?" sounds like one of those cases of ruining the concept by attemptiing to explain it.
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 1st, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)

Re: Yogi could have reduced that to one sentence or less.

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LOL You are probably right. Alas, brevity has never been my forte.
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From:justjohn
Date:October 1st, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Yogi could have reduced that to one sentence or less.

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Basically, all you needed to convey was, "Despite the title, this isn't gay porn, honest."
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 1st, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)

Re: Yogi could have reduced that to one sentence or less.

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Gah! Four years we've been doing this and no one has pointed that out! Agh! My brain!
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From:justjohn
Date:October 1st, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Yogi could have reduced that to one sentence or less.

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Uh, oh .... Now that it's been mentioned, perhaps you should verify that it isn't ...

As Mr. Lehrer told us half a century ago:

When correctly viewed,
Everything is lewd!
I could tell you things about Peter Pan
Or the Wizard of Oz -- there's a dirty old man!
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 1st, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Yogi could have reduced that to one sentence or less.

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It isn't.
From:xander25
Date:October 2nd, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Yogi could have reduced that to one sentence or less.

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"Aren’t faeries little, sweet, flitty things that paint flowers?"

Only if they're Disney fairies. From my understanding faeries were nasty, mischievous creatures.
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 3rd, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Yogi could have reduced that to one sentence or less.

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That was my point. The recent flowerfication of fairies...and it's not just Disney, it started earlier, is not what fairies used to be.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 12th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)

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In my opinion you commit an error. I suggest it to discuss.
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