Fangirls of Poe’s THE RAVEN: Nancy Holder & Leanna Renee Hieber!
Award winning, bestselling paranormal authors Leanna Renee Hieber and Nancy Holder, both avid Edgar Allan Poe fangirls, share their take on the film The Raven.
Leanna Renee Hieber’s take: “I loved every minute of the film. No, it wasn’t historically accurate. Positing Poe as a detective in the last harried, mysterious days of his life is utterly fiction. Truthfully he was probably far less cogent and well off the deep-end. No one can say his death was not a tragedy. I’d have loved whatever else his broken heart and sad soul could have offered us but like many gifted persons, his candle simply lost flame. I loved the film’s visual landscape; Gothic and stunning. Cusack looked delicious. Bring on men in frock coats and billowing black great-coats! I enjoyed an active, vibrant Poe. I appreciated that the film dealt with his struggles, vices and those who misunderstood him and the few who validated him. His written lines and creepy tales gained a new voice and affirmed his words will never lose their power. I didn’t find the film predictable, I was engrossed and entertained. Did I mention Cusack looked delicious?
Whatever allows for us to let Poe further into our lives, I say huzzah. Celebrating Poe on the silver screen is better than relegating him to the shadows in which he lived. He shines brightly in dark splendor; he is the light of my muse. I hope it shines, luminous for all to see. We look to movies for fantasy and this film was rife with beauty and imagination. I’d like to think Poe would have been greatly amused. Not to mention he’d probably demand a few drinks and some royalties. Rightfully so.” – Leanna
Nancy Holder’s take: “So, The Raven. It’s like The Avengers, but for Poe freaks. What is up with all the carping? So what if Poe didn’t wear a goatee? Had he been clean-shaven in the film, haters would have kvetched thusly: “I couldn’t get past the fact that this was John Say Anything Cusack!”
For those of us who love Eddy Poe and all his drunken schadenfreude, envy, and half-starved genius, The Raven fed the cult. We who know Poe get this movie. We can see where the writers were doing a mashup of truth or daring, and because we love Poe, we’re okay with the hyperbole and the purple prosiness and the set-pieces (although that credit sequence with the Tanzanite chunks or whatever they were—that was pure joyous randomness that compelled me to laughter as I, and I alone, sat through all the credits.)
Edgar A. Poe had a rough life and he rarely, if ever, caught a break. I say that in his honor we should give this movie a break. It won’t win any Oscars and it didn’t tear up the box office. But it will remind us why we adore Poe so much. I give it four crows and a squished mama cat!” – Nancy
QUESTION FOR READERS: What do you think about actual historical figures in films and books? Favorite or least favorite examples?
NANCY HOLDER is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of five Bram Stokers for her horror work. And she loves Poe with a love that is greater than love.
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LEANNA RENEE HIEBER is an actress, playwright and nationally bestselling author of Gothic Victorian fiction such as the Strangely Beautiful and Magic Most Foul sagas. She is the recipient of three Prism Awards for her fantasy and paranormal romance. She long ago claimed Poe as her literary boyfriend. Visit Leanna on her Website | Twitter | Facebook | Her Blog
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