Meta Monday: Gold and Green Magic in Maleficent (2014)

Maleficent (2014), the recent live-action reworking of Sleeping Beauty (1959), has garnered a lot of attention and responses over the few months since it was released (and no little commentary even before). Personally, I'm a major fan, although I appreciate that it isn't perfect (then again, what is)?

This meta was actually sparked by a friend of mine, darkstar1991, pointing out a flicker of gold magic amidst green at one of the film's pivotal moments (I'll come back to which one in a minute). So I dedicate this meta to her.

In essence, what occured to me was this: Maleficent's magic is portrayed sometimes as gold and sometimes as green over the course of the film. These colours are used as a portrayal of her moral behaviour - green can be correlated as 'evil', or at least 'meant to do harm', while her gold magic is benevolent or harmless. However, the way in which the magic is used allows for a little more subtlety in portrayal than, for example, her clothing (which also has two main forms as the film progresses).

[Note: all images used in this meta come from screencapped.net I've used small images to try to avoid breaking the bandwidth too much. Spoilers for Maleficent (2014) are extensive.]

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So, it is probably at this point that I should make something of a conclusion. I find it to be an interesting stylistic choice to go for green and gold as Maleficent's colours - in the animated version, her magic is green and purple, though it is the green which people tend to remember more strongly. The shift to using two colours allows, I feel, for more of the dichotomy of Maleficent's emotions and behaviour to be addressed. Aurora describes her as both hero and villain, and I feel that this is a fair summary - she plays her own antagonist, fighting against her own internal demons as well as her past actions.

The green magic which Maleficent wields actually appears only briefly, yet it is present in all three of the great displays which are the most memorable scenes - her outpouring of pain which leads to the beacon on the mountain, her casting of the curse, and her struggle against herself at Aurora's bedside. All of the other occasions on which Maleficent uses magic are in the heat of battle against soldiers, and the green might be more representative of the fact that she is enjoying the pain that she causes, glad to fight.

The last time that we see Maleficent using green magic is against the soldiers, shortly before bringing Aurora into the Moors for the first time - and only half-way through the film. On the occasions on which it is seen after that, it is remnants of her curse, a curse so strong that it has become inescapable. We actually see her use gold magic on far more occasions, and far more consistently, but only once in great volume (when trying to remove the curse). I would argue that the golden magic represents Maleficent's 'good' nature, her desire to help people and to enjoy herself in the world, whilst the green magic represents her anger and hatred, her desire to harm and enjoyment of causing that harm. The green magic, however, never quite manages to consume or eclipse the gold, and at the end it is the gold to which the film, and Maleficent, returns.

Jade and Gold Outside

Title: Jade and Gold Outside
Fandom: Mulan (1998)
Pairings: Fa Mulan/Li Shang
Rating: Teen
Word Count:
Warning: (skip) Half-sibling incest.
Summary: Mulan is nervous about meeting Shang's parents after their wedding, but it seems at first to go well. When she reveals the name of her father, however, General Li demands that they never see each other again - for a reason that shocks them both.

From this awesome prompt at disney_kink

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Food in the How To Train Your Dragon Universe

A list of the foods seen or referenced in the How To Train Your Dragon film and TV series (Riders of Berk and Defenders of Berk).

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Addendum: other foods are also visible in the online game School of Dragons, although the canonicity of this game (and its grasp on geography) are questionable to say the least. Below is a list from the game.

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My Thoughts on Disney: The Little Mermaid

This is a raw copy of a comment left in Das Sporking, in response to a very thought-out and reasonable review of The Little Mermaid. Because the review prompted me to get in order a lot of my thoughts on Disney's adaptation of The Little Mermaid, I wanted to keep a copy of this.

Once again, this is a raw copy of the comment and has not been edited or proofread. Further notes may be added at the bottom but the content will not be changed.

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Some Build Walls, Others Windmills

Title: Some Build Walls, Others Windmills
Fandom: Monsters Inc., Monsters University
Pairings: Randall Boggs/James P. "Sulley" Sullivan
Rating: General
Word Count: 8,600
Summary: Through an unfortunate accident, Randall lets Sulley see some of his long-buried sweet nature. He furiously tries to hide it, but Sulley is too stubborn to let that get in the way for too long.

From this prompt on disney_kink

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