I Give this Feel-Good Viral Story the SIDE EYE

Many of you may have heard of this story, making its rounds on the Internet. A bride is having a photo shoot, in her wedding gown, in downtown Seattle. A little girl and her mom happen to walk by. The little girl is convinced the bride is the princess of her favorite book, which she also happened to be carrying at the time.

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She joins the photo shoot! Warm happy fuzzy feelings all around! And the titular book is… The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins.

Wait, what?

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It’s been a while, but I read that novel in undergrad for a Victorian lit class. The Woman in White was published in 1859, and from what I remember features a murder mystery. Not the fun and quippy kind you’ll get on reruns of Castle either; no, this had some truly monstrous male villains. Even the protagonist had some eye-rolling, true-for-it’s-time opinions about the women characters in the story.

And this is a little girl’s favorite bedtime story?

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While I don’t think kids should only be exposed to literature scrubbed of anything but bunnies and rainbows, I also think there’s merit to “age-appropriate” media. Even if The Woman in White contains no overt violence, vulgarity, or sexuality (from what I remember… time for a re-read), they are definitely in the story.

Then again, maybe the little girl’s never actually had the full story read to her. Maybe the parents have pulled a kind of Princess Bride (novel version) con on their daughter, and she just likes the picture on the cover. The world may never know.

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Once again, in lieu of creating a compelling think-piece myself, work and school leave me to point people towards another good article:

Why Immersive Theatre Isn’t Just a Fad

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I often think immersive theater is the other side of the coin when it comes to modern drama, heads to the electronic literature tails. As much as I love novels and books, we’re moving away from what is now a traditional story medium.

THE MARTIAN (2015) new trailer yay!

I’m so psyched for this, you have no idea. The newest trailer for The Martian has a level of awesome that goes up to 11 due to the song choice:

I finally read the book about a month ago and started a review that mostly consisted of, 1) it’s amazing!!1! and, 2) what a magnificent F*** YOU to The Cold Equations! But then I forgot the book at my friend’s house and they’re in the middle of reading it and completely hooked so I’ll wait.

I love that they cast Jessica Chastain as Commander Lewis. She’s one of my favorite actresses and even though I saw the trailer before reading the book, I knew I would have pictured her in the role regardless. 100% perfect casting. Matt Damon’s not so bad either!

Dude Watchin’ with the Brontës

In elementary school, around 4th grade, I decided to read “good” books and got about half way through “Jane Eyre” before giving up. I couldn’t take:

  1. All the untranslated French.
  2. All the moodiness and brooding of of an idealized mid-19th century romance. At least Mr. Rochester doesn’t dazzle in the sunlight, sparkling like a million Cubic Zirconia on the tiara of a toddler beauty pageant winner, the way literature’s current emo vampire lead does.
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Hark! a Vagrant, by Kate Beaton. Never gets old. (Click for full version.)

I’ve read the novel all the way through for school, but in my head I like to leave the story when Jane sets off for her new governess position, just as her life has taken a fortunate and open-ended turn.