Friday, November 11, 2011
The Blackwoods Guide to Faeries
Now I have had many conversations with people trying explain that in original myths and legends, faeries were far from the minute winged naked women that we all think of. They were dark abhorent creatures of the wild world unhappy to be intruded upon by the foul presence of humanity. This film is about those faeries.
But really, I didn't decide to write this because of the movie. It was great fun, and that's worthy of praise as it isn't often I enjoy a new horror film anymore. But what I actually wanted to draw attention to was a book. The movie isn't adapted from it, nor is it merely a retelling of the movie's plot. This is a prequel of sorts and does a great job of setting up the dark world surrounding the film. It is a journal of sorts. And reminded me of the fieldguide in Tony DiTerlizzi's Spiderwick Chronicles. It is a collection of documents and observations of the strange creatures that inhabit our world. I can tell that producer Guillermo del Toro, took a lot of pride in this project. And though he didn't direct, his influence is felt in the film and especially in this book. Though I would have loved to have seen del Toro's illustrations gracing these pages (if you haven't seen the man's drawings I suggest checking them out), the work of Troy Nixey, beautifully add to the strangeness of the book.