Beautiful Creatures (Movie)

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According to an online website for Beautiful Creatures, you will find out that this story is set in a fictional town called Gatlin, South Carolina. The novel is narrated by Ethan Wate, who lives with his writer father (whom is never seen) and housekeeper Amma (a seer) who is “more like a grandmother to him. Waking up from a recurring dream he has been having about a girl he does not know, he finds an “almost hypnotic,” song called “Sixteen Moons” on his iPod and also notices a distinct scent. At school Ethan finds out there is a new girl, which is surprising because Gatlin “hadn’t had anybody new in school since the 3rd grade;” the new girl is Macon Ravenwood’s niece,” Lena Duchannes. Macon Ravenwood is the family patriarch and town recluse. Ethan later hears Lena playing “Sixteen Moons” on her viola.” There are two haters (two female’s classmates, one Caucasian and one Negroid) in the movie that ostracize the outsider (Lena) for being a witch which elicits Lena’s powers as she destroys all the windows in her classroom. When Ethan drives home, he almost hits Lena, who is standing on the road in the middle of the storm looking for someone to help with her broken down car. When Ethan notices the distinct smell from earlier, he realizes that Lena is the girl from his dreams. He soon learns that Lena is a “Caster,” (not a witch) a person who can use magic and that on her sixteenth birthday she will be claimed for either “Light or Dark” and that her cousin Link Ravenwood gets to choose (because males get to choose the light or the dark). Ethan tries to find a way to save Lena from possibly going Dark and solve the mystery of how he is connected to Lena. At the same time, Lena is trying to handle the whole town (as shown in the movie as a town meeting of god fearing citizens inside the church) turning against her: “We don’t take kindly to strangers”. Lena and Ethan discover that they are connected through years of Gatlin and Caster history. Skip to the end of the story without spoilers, Macon in a desperate need to save Lena’s fate creates a subversion tactic which sways Lena’s actions near the end of the movie.
In this movie, you could tell that there is a culture within the town that distinguishes social hierarchies of rich (bad?) and the town (good?) to a point to where it could almost be xenophobic. The towns conceptual maps of the Ravenwood’s leads them to think they are evil because it seemed that nobody in the town bothered to get to know them. In a sense, the Ravenswood’s would be “forever foreigner” in the town they built. It is obvious that the town has a sort of “whiteness” mentality when it comes to the Ravenwood’s, an idea where the Ravenwood’s are the rich white class and the town is the lower class of any race. On the other side of the coin, the Ravenwood’s had a yellow peril mentality when it came to casters mingling with non-casters which are most prominent in all the Ravenwood’s except for Lena.
Now to use SCWAMP.
(S)traight- Boy falls for girl of his dreams.
(C)hristian- town’s people are god fearing and fear the evil Ravenwood’s
(W)hite- with the exception of Savannah Snow (African-American).
(A)blebodied- with the exception of Links mother (possessed by Lena’s mom)
(M)ale-self evident
(P)roperty Owner- predominantly the Ravenswood’s.

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2 thoughts on “Beautiful Creatures (Movie)

  1. Did you read the book this was based on too? I’m curious how the characters and plot points were changed–good use of the SCWAMP framework to demonstrate how privilege is reinforced in the movie.

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