The way things are going, it will probably be the end of the semester—or at least Thanksgiving—before I see a movie in a theater, but Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog has seen Men Who Glare at Stoats. Also, he claims to be negotiating with Caxton to print his books. Hey! Caxton wasn’t even born until a decade or so after Chaucer’s death, much less setting up a printing press. I like a humorous anachronism as well as the next medievalist, but they’re funnier when they seem intentional rather than just mistaken.
Medieval psychic spies, however, came off pretty well, by adding a nice mix-in of Harry Potter:
–Wyth the mocioun of the mynde and the eyes aloon, these knightes kan stoppe the beatinge herte of an adult stoat at a range of XX feet….
–These knightes of the Privy Order of the Garter have divyded themselves yn to IV “houses” in which they trayne and recruit squires. The houses aren ycleped Hippogryiffin d’Argent, Serpentyne, Hurlyburle, and Rooktalon.
I’m so grateful that I learned to read Middle English.
In other news, at least two other scholars I know who have written/published on Buffy the Vampire Slayer were interviewed in the past week or so on the mysterious allure of vampires, as was I (by my university newspaper).
From David Lavery’s interview with Portuguese journalist:
[Q] And what does that mean in this first decade of the 21st century that the most successful of those narratives is not one with a feisty heroine, but about an abstinent teenage couple?
As a Buffy scholar I have again and again heard from those fans (and scholars) empowered by Buffy (like the little girl at bat or the young woman standing up against her abuser) in Chosen. … Twilight cannot be making anybody stronger—or more adult.
K. Dale Koontz, author of Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon, interviewed in her local paper:
Vampires also give us safe scares, [Koontz] said.
“It’s a catharsis,” she said. “We get to be all scared and release all of those feelings and then go home and have meatloaf and go back to an ordinary life and be okay with it being an ordinary life.”
“The heroine of the ‘Twilight’ saga is a throwback to the girl as a victim,” she said, citing “Buffy the Vampire [Slayer]” as an example of how Whedon took a blonde girl with a goofy-sounding name and, instead of making her a victim, made her a strong lead character that terrorized demons.
“This is kind of feeding into that fantasy of, ‘I might not fit in with the rest of the world, but there’s this powerful, charismatic, strong man that only I can understand whose entire life is devoted to protecting me.’ It’s very safe and I think (Myers) taps into that really well.”
I’d link to the Campbell Times article, but it’s not online, which is another story.