Wednesday, March 20, 2013


I would like to preface this post by stating that I have read all four books of the Caster Chronicles series, and Beautiful Creatures is amazing. It's like Twilight but much better. So, needless to say, I was stoked when I discovered they would be making movies! I was greatly disappointed.

However, I decided to do this project on intertextuality on the movie, because reminded me of so many other texts, movies, and cultures.

Movie: Beautfil Creatures (2013)

Four Horizontal Intertextual Connections:

The Chronicales of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)
Genre: Film


In the book and the movie Beautiful Creatures, Sarafine, the evil Dark Caster, disguises herself as a sweet, loving Southern Belle. I connected her deception to the Witch in The Chonicles of Narnia, who first appears to one of the small children under the pretenses of being a lovely queen.
Spiderman 3 (2007)
Genre: Film

Throughout Beautiful Creatures, the main character, Lena, is struggling with both her Light and Dark powers as she waits for her sixteenth birthday--when she will discover whether or not she has been claimed as a Light or Dark Caster. This fight between good and bad directly correlates to Spiderman 3, in which a darkness attaches itself to Peter Parker.

Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Film


Not only do Beautiful Creatures and Forrest Gump share southern accents, but they also contain similar scenery. The huge trees and hanging moss in the 2013 movie immeidately made me think of the 90's hit.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Genre: Film

Lena and Ethan spend a good bit of Beautiful Creatures inside the Caster Tunnels, which created in my mind a connection to all of the Indiana Jones movies, where Dr. Henry Jones spends most of his movies searching for some sort of treasure within different tunnels and secret passageways.

Four Vertical Intertextual Connections:

Hermione Granger
Genre: Literature
Moreso than in the blockbuster films, the Harry Potter books show Hermione Granger as being uncannily intelligent, especially coming from a non-magical family. Likewise, Lena Duchannes is a naturally powerful caster, who is possibly to become the most powerful caster of all.

Southern Culture
Genre: Geography

Not only do the students of Jackson High School participate in a Civil War reenactment in Beautiful Creatures, but the enire movie is saturated with Southern accents, manners, and other cultural references such as food, clothing and architecture.

Twilight book series
Genre: Literature

The Twilight book series puts a huge emphasis on the tension between the vampires and werewolves, along with the romance that emerges between Edward, a vampire, and Bella, a human, who cannot be together. In Beautiful Creatures, there is also an emphasis on the tension between not only Light and Dark Casters, but also between all Casters and Incubi, who are creatures similar to vampires. Essentially Beautiful Creatures has been named "Twilight with the genders reversed," because in this movie, it is Lena who has the powers and Ethan who remains human.

Good vs. Evil
Genre: Literary themes

Good versus evil can be seen throughout history, literature and film. It is a common theme that every person can relate to. In Beautiful Creatures, Lena must try to understand both her dark and light tendancies and struggle to wait until she discovers her true identity as either a Dark or Light Caster.

Two Public Tertiary Texts:

Ben Kendrick, Film Critic- Screen Rant
"Beautiful Creatures is a flawed but harmless entry for supernatural romance fans or readers who are excited to see the Caster Chronicles adapted to the big screen."

Owen Gleiberman, Film Critic- CNN Entertainment
"Beautiful Creatures is arriving in a marketplace full of Twilight junkies still eager for their supernatural teen-romantic fix, and the film's concept couldn't be clearer: It's "Twilight" with the sexes reversed."

One Private Tertiary Text:

Shelbi Brown (@shelbihope) via Twitter
"The Twilight movies are better than the Beautiful Creatures movie. #worstadaptationever"

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