Alegria (alegria_a) wrote,

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movie annoyances

Anne Rice wrote lots of books about vampires. One was made into a movie, and now another has been made into a movie, slated for February release: Queen of the Damned. Now, the Queen of the Damned (Akasha) is the original vampire, she is several thousand years old at the point of the novel when she wakens and meets Lestat. One of the major story points of the entire Vampire Chronicles is that as a vampire ages, their skin whitens to the point of ivory, and all wrinkles and such smooth out so that the vampire appears to be a statue carved of white marble. Thus Akasha, who is several thousand years old, looks like a white marble statue and is described as such in every single novel she is mentioned in.

The character of Akasha in the movie is being played by Aaliyah, a black woman.

Artistic license, okay; editing a novel to fit better on the screen, okay; adjusting characters slightly to fit the available actors, yucky but okay. Changing a fundamental part of the story, NOT okay. Somehow I doubt that a black woman was turned porcelain white, even by makeup, for an entire movie, especially when the promo photos show her as her normal skin color. Stupid movie makers.

(this post motivated by the promo photo in the back of this week's Time - yes it's a way cool costume, but Akasha was not black at the time of this novel/movie, dammit)

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