– Sarah Waters –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz0HOFrE2Gg (Affinity clip)

It was a very quiet Saturday night, I was eighteen or nineteen and staying with the auntie of my dear friend. She was a kind lady despite her stern facade, that night we sat together as her then-partner was away that night/asleep. We were flipping through channels, we originally thought of watching the Rupert Penry-Jones version “Thirty Nine Steps”, yet we found it too boring and decided to switch the channel.

It was then when we saw “Affinity”, the 2008 television that was adapted from the novel written by Sarah Waters, a famous novelist whose novels (first three anyway) were strongly hinting on homosexual nature. Her stories shared a sense of mystery and a dark sense of beauty. I remember despite the lack of change and movement of the mini-film, the story itself was very very interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgwnCugpSA4 (Tipping the Velvet)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKOpYsb_LEc (Fingersmith)

I would like to be able to take time and read her work, especially Tipping the Velvet – the story of how a woman was attracted by another woman who dressed as a man, the story filled with questions and ambiguity upon gender. Were gender necessary enabled things to run smooth, or instead more a hindrance to certain perspectives? Beside that I liked the title – Tipping the Velvet, it turned out it was adapted as a slag that meant oral sex for women back in Victorians. I loved the wording for its elegance, sometimes an erotica need not explicit description.

As for Fingersmith – a word that was for pick-pockets, not very certain about the complexity of the story itself. However it seemed shared the same sense of mystery and danger…(thinking)


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