Date: 2017-05-09 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Poul Andersen's A Midsummer Tempest has a sympathetic Caliban, now in old age.

Teka Lynn


Date: 2017-05-09 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Marvel Comics' X-Men found a spooky mutant called "Caliban" living under New York in 1981; later they discovered (or vice versa) a whole village of "Morlocks". On the second occasion, nice Jewish teenage girl walks-through-walls-and-floors X-Man Kitty Pryde, having just changed her mutant name from "Sprite" to "Ariel" - you can't call this coincidental - became the object of some very clumsy wooing by "Caliban". Shortly after and perhaps because of this (I don't remember, but she's smart, she reads), she changed her X-name again. Not to Miranda - to "Shadowcat".

There are two frankly minor Mirandas by name in X-Men comics that I have a handle on; one has "reality altering" powers in short series "Worst X-Man Ever" and claims to be responsible for maintaining (more or less) the comic's cast and status quo since 1963 with no one noticing, and also there's a pheromone sex worker whose real name is Miranda but her mutant name is Stacy X. I don't remember if she met Caliban, but he would.

The prominent and terrifyingly ugly X-Man Nightcrawler's adoptive family puts him in a kind of a Caliban situation; his mother figure is a gypsy witch called Margali Szardos, who has a sweet daughter called Jimaine. But they don't go and sulk on an island. Or maybe Nightcrawler is the Ariel and another brother is the Caliban.

Robert Carnegie

Date: 2017-05-09 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Blade II is another retelling of The Tempest, thanks to a single, throwaway reference in the original, mostly-discarded script, with an evil Prospero trying to restore his predatory court to former glory, by luring his good counterparts to an island-like fortress hidden in the sea of humanity.

Though one with a warrior Miranda and an ending that if not exactly happy, is narratively brighter than the classical mythologies visually referenced throughout via background imagery, since it hinges on justice achieved and breaking free of the Wheel with hints of reincarnation, along with the historical references to past empires being discarded.

Very interestingly, Caliban, in this version, is the old alchemist's rejected illegitimate/bioengineered-supersoldier son. It isn't made completely clear if he was all along brewed up in a lab, or was normally born like his sister but hidden away as an extraneous non-heir and experimented on, possibly with his nominal consent as a way to earn his legitimacy but either would fit with the combination of his justified resentments, the fact that all the other attempts at replicating him have failed, and the Frankenstein imagery...

Date: 2017-05-09 08:55 pm (UTC)
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There must be a name for the genre of fiction in which authors rework Shakespeare.

You mean besides "Shakespeare fanfic"?

Date: 2017-05-11 05:07 am (UTC)
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Date: 2017-05-12 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Bardredo (pron.~doo)?



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