Friday, April 29, 2016

La beauté sans vertu, by Genevieve Valentine

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(Fashion SF) Maria is a super model in a future that doesn't hesitate to modify the bodies of the models for maximum impact. (4,339 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended
Recommended By: RHorton:4

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Pro: "Beauty without virtue." A disturbing portrait of an industry so out of control that it can treat its employees like farm animals. Although the story is told almost entirely through narration, the narration is beautifully worded.

Con: There's no plot here. Up until she runs away, we don't have a clue Maria is unhappy. In fact, we never get any understanding of her feelings--the narration is so distant that we're not inside anyone's head very much.

The bit about replacing the girls' arms is disturbing, but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense and it's not important to the story. E.g. Maria doesn't leave because she wants her old arms back.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Darkly humorous critique of fashion and celebrity culture. I'm not quite sure how the references to the "Diamonds and Toads" fairy tale relate.

  2. The illustration by Tran Nguyen is stunningly gorgeous!