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Female Characters Appreciation, Villains: Part 1

“Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.”

Things you should know about the original Dracula:
  • serious mustache game
  • kinda a werewolf for a bit until bram stoker forgot about it
  • can crawl down the side of a building, head first. stoker claims this is lizard like, i think it’s more like spiderman
  • apparently has magic clothes? because as he is doing said spiderman crawl down his castle, his cloak is spread out like wings. sir, that is not how gravity works
  • master of disguises. and by master i mean casually hides as a ginger sometimes
  • can turn into: a bat, a dog, and dust?
  • looks super old, has a blood feast, looks younger
  • needs tons of dirt to sleep on. luckily that dirt never actually ruins his clothes. most likely because they are all magical?
  • does his own chores. mostly because everyone in transylvania KNOWS HE IS A VAMPIRE AND AVOIDS HIM. so no servants for this count. 
  • sometimes can be in the daylight? depending on stoker’s mood i think?
  • bites people in a way that makes zero sense. he leaves two marks? how??? does he not use his bottom teeth?????
  • stoker sometimes just forgot what he already wrote so good luck with this mess
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Uncle Charlie is another anomaly. He has lived so isolated and in his head that we approached his clothes almost as if it’s his first day out of prep school. Sophisticated and well read, we thought he would present himself maybe as a character from one of the classic books he read or from his travels real and imagined. A bit of boyish elegance but with a lean silhouette. We wanted to contrast his darker nature with warm colours and soft textures. Charlie wears a lot of cashmere…blood and cashmere is always a nice combo. Kurt and Bart discuss the costume design of Stoker