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12 May 2011


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Don't ever watch that infamous Japanese film about the guy finding a mermaid in the sewer. Or even look it up, the basic idea wigs me out and I haven't seen it.

(monkey) steve

I'd much rather see cowboys take off. I think cowboys are the new pirates.


My big issue with mermaids is that, unless they transform (ala The Little Mermaid), they're stuck in the water. And out of the water means they're not mermaids anymore. At least vampires could be vampires even just while they were strolling around town.


Professor: The words "mermaid" and "sewer" should never ever go together, therefore I feel safe in saying "EWWW" without even looking up the movie.

monkey (steve): I posit that cowboys have always been with us, just in SPACE. (But, yeah. I'd rather read about cowboys than mermaids.)

Annie: Yes! That's what I meant about giving up a part of themselves. I hate that. It just seems like such a terrible (and creepy) underlying message. AND it's always the mermaid who has to get legs, rather than the other way around.


Um, yeah, add me to that group of The Little Mermaid scarred. I can't go there...


McKinley had a nice take on it in one of her stories in "Water", it seemed to work out that both gained instead of one losing. Also, technically I feel like "the Folk Keeper" is a mermaid story (only better, because selkies are cooler than mermaids).


So this is weird: Selkies don't bother me at all. Even though they totally have to give a part of themselves up. But with traditional stories about selkies, there's so often a battle of wills/wits between the selkie and the fisherman that selkies work better as heroines for me.

Holy cow. I just used the word 'selkie' a shocking number of times.

I'll have to dig out the McKinley. I know I've got a copy (if only one) around somewhere. I'd trust her to put a good spin on the idea.


I'm pretty sure this prediction is based solely on the rumor that Stephenie Meyer has a 1000+ page mermaid manuscript. If even half of her current readers pick up her mermaid book (assuming she publishes it - and why wouldn't she?), it will be the next big thing by sheer numbers alone. Granted, I am not looking forward to this phenomenon, and I can't really imagine it taking hold in the same way that vampires have. As vast as the ocean is, there's still something very limiting about being a mermaid.

Angela H.

Meh. Mermaids don't do anything for me and neither do angels. With angels, I get too thrown off by the idea of God's minions being depicted as being like *just* like humans. With mermaids, though, I'm probably just scarred from the single adult novel by P. C. Cast that I've read: GODDESS OF THE SEA. No matter how hard I try, I can never forget her descriptions of the entire tail as an erogenous zone. Ick ick ick.

And S. Meyer has a 1000-pager on merfolk? Oh noes.

Elizabeth Fama

My next YA has mermaids in it (FSG, spring 2012, working title MONSTROUS COMPANIONS), but they're killers. They tear lungs out, and their queen is a horrifying monster. There are ghosts, and missing souls, and a family curse. I hope you'll still read it, even with mermaids, because it's more Frankenstein than anything.


MLewis: Thank you for either making or ruining my day. Because the idea of a 1000+ mermaid book by Stephenie Meyer is both hilarious and terrifying.

Angela: I am so grateful I haven't read that Cast book. The House of Night books make me crazy enough -- that one sounds like it would make my head explode. Also, the phrase "God's minions" should be used more often.

Elizabeth: I'll definitely give it a try -- after all, I'm generally not a unicorn person, but I totally read Rampant! (But now I'm worried: Frankenstein is SO SAD!)


I feel like mermaids is the bottom of the paranormal barrel. The idea of Selkies intrigues me greatly, if just for something a bit more off the beaten path. Seriously, how many variations of a mermaid story can there be? Do I even want to know... (no)

Angela H.

Heh. I will now try to use "God's minions" or the alternatively creative "minions of God" as often as possible in my comments. ;)

Also, if you ever want a laugh about how crazy this P.C. Cast book was (just like her YA series, which I also drives me nutso), you should read the below review on Amazon. Some of the comments are hilarious and WRONG in that way that is oh so right. I quickly became LJ friends with the author of the review soon after we bantered back and forth in the comments.



I, too, hate The Rainbow Fish! It is in my trinity of Children's Books That Everyone Except Me Loves (the other two being Love You Forever and The Giving Tree).

Brooke Shirts

Alison, don't worry -- you are SO NOT ALONE in hating Rainbow Fish/Giving Tree/Love You Forever. Those books were named "The Triumverate of Mediocrity" by Jane Yolen, and the moniker has stuck.

Oh -- and Jacyln Dolamore's new novel is also about a mermaid.

Actually, I wouldn't mind if mermaids became The Next Big Thing, because it might give Mollie Hunter's excellent A Stranger Came Ashore a chance of getting reissued. And hopefully with some decent cover art this time around!


I've been wanting to read Carolyn Turgeon's new novel Mermaid which is a re-telling of the classic tale. I've really enjoyed her previous novels.


Yeep. I was kind of excited for angels (which never materialized as any kind of Big Thing, although I am reading an e-ARC with eeeeeevil soul-sucking angels that I'm enjoying so far), but mermaids are a big ol' "meh" from me.

But as in all things, it's in the execution. Overall, the execution of the angels (aside: wouldn't you totally read a book with that title?!?) deeply disappointed me, because they were basically winged, less fangy vamps. I might get excited about mermaids if someone whose name does not rhyme with Mephenie Beyer writes them, and does it well.

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