Saturday, May 25, 2013

Bonnie Banks o' Fordie: A Historical Analysis

Usually if there's a murder ballad in the folk tune repertoire, it's likely that the victim is a young female.  However, sometimes she survives if attacked due to her cunning intelligence!  Take, for example, my focus this post "Bonnie Banks o' Fordie."  The tune has gone by other names, such as "The Bonnie Banks of Airdrie", "Bonny Farday", "The Banished Man", "Fair Flowers of the Valley" (Tim O'Brien recorded this first by this title), "The Outlyer Bold", "The Duke of Perth's Three Daughters",  "Babylon", and "The Bonnie Banks of the Virgie O".  It's also known as Child Ballad 14, having 5 versions recorded.  The earliest known versions from Scotland developed in the 1700s.  Version B of Child Ballad 14 is supposedly from the latter half of the 18th century, while the others are from the earlier half.  (You can find all versions here and all versions here, along with the origins in which the versions were collected).

Malinky's version "Bonnie Banks o' Fordie"

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Dichotomy of Beautiful Creatures

I just finished watching Beautiful Creatures, and I must say: I did not enjoy it very much.  It was wonderful having a powerful female lead, Lena, and multiple strong female characters.  Emma Thompson is a force to be reckoned with.  At first you'd think the male, Ethan, is the lead, but it ends up shifting, creating two well-developed main characters.  My main concern, other than the "Magical Negro" stereotype (which reinforces slavery to privileged white folk as well), is the manner in which females are represented.  Do not read if you want to avoid any spoilers (though they are not considerable).

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Big Feminist BUT: A Review

I've informed you all of The Big Feminist BUT kickstarter.  I received it in the mail last week, and I've just finished it (after a busy week in which I at first did not have time to read it and then second forgot to read it.  It's just as good as I'd hoped.  I actually expected more.  Less Are You There God?  It's Me, Margaret. references would have been fantastic.  I didn't see an iota of Margaret Atwood.  For the most part, The Big Feminist BUT provides multiple points of view on every writer's own experiences with being a feminist, or really