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Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
5:58 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
Return to Labyrinth volume 4
A review of the most disappointing manga i've ever read...


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Saturday, August 28th, 2010
2:16 am
[lone_she_wolf]
Return to Labyrinth Volume 4
 
 
About a week ago someone reminded me of David Bowie's statements about Jareth. Bowie had said that Jareth rather reluctantly inherited the position of goblin king. And he would rather be somewhere like Soho so he's making the best of things.
 
I think Bowie imagines Jareth as being someone who would rather live in the human world as an Avant Garde singer or something at run down obscure night clubs and happy with that humble life, but he was thrown into the role of goblin king against his will. Part of why volume 4 of Return to Labyrinth doesn't feel right, I think, is because it contradicted Bowie's statements on Jareth's back story and how Bowie saw Jareth.
 
It's VERY disrespectful to ignore Bowie's views of the character when he had such a huge hand in the conception of the version of Jareth we saw in the film.   Those were his songs, he improvised many of the lines.   But we're going to contradict him now in official canon in regard to why Jareth is goblin King?  This doesn't feel right to me.
  
Return to Labyrinth Volume 4's plot in a nutshell:
 
Warning: Here there be spoilers. 
(Warning, I know the plot is a little more complicated than this but I am simplifying it to reveal some of the weaker plot points).
 
Weak Point 1:
 
      It turns out Sarah was allowing her dreams to wither and die because she had been rejected from Juliard so to save Sarah's dreams and Jareth's own Labyrinth (which was crumbling) he had Mizumi create Moppet out of Sarah's dreams.  Absorb this. Sarah gave up on her dreams and was starting to let them die- the tenacious Sarah who refused to be defeated- was letting all her dreams die because of ONE rejection letter.  Terrence Mann (the Broadway star) was once quoted as saying that if you give up after the first rejection that you don't REALLY want to be an actor at all.  Surely with a Broadway star mother Sarah should have realized it wasn't all going to be easy!
            Anyway, it turns out ablations can only be made from aspects of a person that the person doesn't really want to have anymore.   So that's how Moppet came to be.  But dreams can't be held captive for long or they die.  So as an act of love Jareth released Moppet but not before erasing her memories of captivity... for some reason that has no real explanation at all...
 
 
Weak Point 2:  I have already complained about this but I'll keep it short.  A major plot point is foreshadowed through Toby saying that there are 'two types of fantasy stories.'   And it turns out Sarah told him this. To me this is contrary to the idea of a true fantasy lover.  A true fantasy lover would not generalize fantasy so far as to say 'There are two types of fantasy' which 'unintentionally' implies that there are only two types of fantasy.  He doesn't use the word only but it felt like he might as well have.
 
     Anyway, Jareth reveals the events to Sarah via a puppet show.   While this is going on Mizumi has taken over the Labyrinth but still cannot will Jareth's heart.
 
Weak Point 3: 
 
        We are given a weak back story on how Jareth became the goblin King.  Apparently Jareth and Mizumi were lovers but Jareth had no real interest in Mizumi because she was a passive, willing slave and that was not what Jareth really wanted.  He wasn't interested in someone who was subservient and unimaginative.  During their travels they end up in a swampy area for a while where Jareth is 'amused' by the goblins that inhabit it.   While there Mizumi pleads for the chance to win Jareth's heart so Jareth creates his Labyrinth and tells her that if she solves it she can have his heart.  Because the Labyrinth represents himself, his heart is the pathfinder (the very core of the Labyrinth).    
             The condition is if she fails to solve it she can't let any harm come to it because it IS a part of Jareth. (But... Um... wasn't she technically letting harm come to it in Volume 3?)
              Also this contradicts what David Bowie has said about Jareth, that Jareth reluctantly inherited the role of Goblin King and would rather be down in Soho somewhere. 
          Bowie didn't just say that Jareth doesn't like being Goblin King.  Bowie did use the words 'reluctantly inherited the title.' meaning he didn't become Goblin King by choice.  Until Volume 4 I thought Jake was using what everyone involved with the original film wanted as a basis, it's easy to research what they all thought because it's right on the DVD.  I can't disregard Mr. Bowie's views on his own character when he's one of the main forces behind the version of Jareth we know.       
 
I am sorry.  I do love the manga over all.    Please know this.   I can practically hear the melody for Shadow of a Dream and it's a beautiful song but volume 4 just didn't satisfy me for multiple reasons.  The manga's back story for Jareth didn't take into account what Bowie said.  He didn't just say that he doesn't like the role of goblin king but that he reluctantly inherited the title. 
 
Weak Point 4:  The lizards have almost no purpose at all.   They just leave you going 'Well, that was kind of pointless.'
 
           It turns out Moulin is an ablation of Mizumi's regret.  And if you make the original source of the ablation feel or gain the attribute that the ablation represented than the ablation is free to be a separate being.  Moulin forces Mizumi to feel regret without actually being a part of her so the two can exist separately however Mizumi kills her anyway in a plot point that doesn't really go anywhere except to show how cruel Mizumi can be.  But in a later scene it's like the writing is trying to force us to feel for Mizumi.  And it feels sort of bipolar.
 
              Sarah seems to gain new dreams but for some reason or another still rejoins with Moppet and Moppet seems happy about this even though everything she was and all her memories are gone forever.  So there was really no point at all in showing that an ablation can be made to exist as a real person away from it's host.   
 
             Jareth agrees to help set things right in The Labyrinth IF Sarah agrees to marry him.  She kisses his forehead.    That's the 'true loves kiss' in the prophecy, a little peck on the forehead.   
 
         Jareth sets things right and then reminds Sarah of her promise to marry him.
 
Weak Point 5:   Toby's life lesson felt like an 'I learned something today' segment from South Park.  It took up several pages and it felt sort of tacked on. Also I had thought the speech in Toby's play would prove to be important later on but it wasn't.  It didn't have any significant purpose like Sarah's 'You have no power over me.' speech.  But Toby's life lesson somehow leads to Jareth saying that everyone may go home.  
 
Weak Point 6: Remember how Hana was homicidal about getting her wings back?  I imagine for a pixie to lose her wings it's like a singer whose tongue has been ripped out or a dancer whose legs are chopped off.  It's rather important to them if they can get these lost and painfully removed appendages put back. 
            Hana was bitter and resentful about having lost her wings. She even poisoned the punch bowl at Jareth's ball in volume one of Return to Labyrinth.    Well, Jareth gave Toby a magical crystal orb as a reward for helping him.   So Toby goes to give Hana her wings (because he's 'learned to be responsible') but he misses and the wings end up on Stank, her small puppy-like variation on Ludo.   And she says 'Good enough!'    No, not good enough.  Was that supposed to be funny? She was devastated about her wings being ripped off but she's okay because they're now on the creature she rides?   That's like a man in a wheelchair but if the wheelchair sprouts working legs that makes it ALL better!   This scene felt like a total fail to me.    
 
                So Toby learns his 'lesson' and Sarah goes on to become a children's book writer instead of 'just a teacher' because apparently you can't be fulfilled teaching others...  
 
             But Toby's somehow (though it's not really shown, it's told) learned responsibility.   Sarah has dreams again.  Jareth is king again.   This is something I feared.  It felt like an attempt to appease everyone and it appeased almost no one.  Jareth and Sarah definitely love each other as proved by the anti-climatic true love's kiss but they didn't end up together, which was meant to appease those who didn't want them together but at the same time appease those that feel that there is true love between Jareth and Sarah.  
 
                 So if that was true love's kiss (as the prophecy required) that means Sarah, for no reason at all, abandoned her one true love and not only is everyone okay with that but it's the ending her 'no longer selfish brother' preferred.  Talking your sister (somehow) into leaving behind her true love seems pretty selfish if you ask me.
 
             I like the manga in general, particularly Shadow of a Dream in Volume 3, but I don't like Volume 4 very much.
 
 
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
4:07 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
Return to labyrinth volume 4 NY Times Best Seller
 
              Despite my own dislike of certain aspects of the ending Return to Labyrinth Volume 4 made it to the 4th spot on the New York Times Best Seller List.
 
            Return to Labyrinth is the four part manga sequel to the fantasy film Labyrinth starring rock star David Bowie (The Hunger and The man who fell to Earth) as Jareth, The Goblin King and a young Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) as Sarah Williams. 
 
             In the original film Sarah had to solve an intricate maze known as the Labyrinth in order to rescue her baby brother whom she accidentally had wished to be taken by goblins.  In the manga sequel Jareth has taken her brother, yet again (who is now a teenager).   Jareth selects Toby to be his heir in what appears to be an elaborate bid to try to claim Sarah's heart and save his kingdom from his own loss of control as well as the cruel and manipulative Queen of Cups, Mizumi.  Mizumi wants the Labyrinth and Jareth's heart for herself.     
 
 
             Volume 3 of Return to Labyrinth had also reached the New York Times Best Seller List last year.  
 
          Congratulations to Jake T. Forbes.   I might have disliked certain things about the ending but I am happy for you.
 
 
Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
4:04 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
Return to Labyrinth volume 4 review
 Twice in the manga a line is used that I feel was a justification. 'There are two types of fantasies. Ones where it's pure fantasy and takes place in another world like Lord of the rings or someone from the 'real world' learns a life lesson and can bring nothing back with him.'  This point bothers me above all else.
 
 The original Wonderful Wizard of Oz book was not a dream and in the books Dorothy and her family eventually move to Oz.  And what about 10th Kingdom? Wolf came back to New York with Virginia FROM the fantasy world.
 
And the 'there are two types of fantasies' I feel diminishes the whole genre.  We should not forget subgenres like urban fantasy and future-fantasy or historical fantasy or multiverse-fantasy. There's more to fantasy than Alice in Wonderland stories.
 
Sarah and Jareth obviously really do love each other so why didn't she stay to become his Queen?
 
   Toby's learned lesson should have had no bearing on what happened with Sarah.  Also the way his lesson was conveyed felt forced and reminiscent of an 'I learned something today' speech.  The romantic part of me wanted to see Jareth and Sarah go off together as it was implying until Toby's 'enlightening' speech.
 
    Mizumi's portrayal was completely inconsistent and I got mixed signals about what I was supposed to feel toward her. I felt there was no reason Moulin had to die. It did not make sense. The lizards were anti-climatic.
 
I almost get the impression that Jake T. Forbes had another ending in mind and very abruptly was told he couldn't do that or changed his mind about what he was going to do. The end did not feel right somehow. It wasn't satisfying like the film. It felt like half this volume was trying to justify what was to come. It did not make sense to me.
 
I defended this manga series against those that doubted a sequel could be done.   I actually loved Volume 1. I didn't care for this one.
 
  I am sorry if I am being harsh in my review.  I can't give this five or four stars the way I did with volume 3 and 1 (I particularly loved those and the Jareth flashback in volume 2).   I fully understand Jake's limits because Return to Labyrinth and because he had to remain to true to the source material.  
                
   It wasn't so much that Jareth didn't end up with Sarah that bothered me (though the romantic in me did want to see them together).   The part of the manga that bothered me above all else was the downplaying of fantasy fiction.  it's repeated twice in the fourth volume that there are "two types of fantasy,"   He even goes as far as to have it that this was something Sarah told Toby when he was little.  As a lover of fantasy, to see this said twice bothered me.   There are many, many types of fantasy.  The Dresden Files for example are urban fantasy with faeries, trolls, vampires, werewolves, wizards, and the like existing in our world and the books are almost entirely set within the confines of our reality with the fantastical sprinkled in.
               Also the stories where you go into a strange other world and learn a life lesson aren't exclusively about only gaining a life lesson. That was something started with Alice in Wonderland and popularized with the film version of The Wizard of Oz.  In the original Oz books Oz was a real place and Dorothy and her family eventually moved there.  Then there's 10th Kingdom where Virginia took Wolf back to New York with her from The 9 Kingdoms.   There's no set rule that all you can bring back with you is a life lesson and I felt this volume treated this particular point like it was something written in stone.  It was the boxed-in and very limited quality of this repeated implication of there only being two types of fantasy that bothered me as a fantasy lover.  There's Urban fantasy like The Dresden Files, Steampunk fantasy like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, life lesson fantasy like Labyrinth and Alice in Wonderland and the film version of The Wizard of Oz, then there's life Lesson where you can take something back with you or stay in the world where you learned the lesson such as Virginia taking Wolf back with her in 10th Kingdom and Tony, also in 10th Kingdom, staying behind in the fantasy world or the original Oz books, completely other fantastical world fantasy like Lord of the Rings, Historical fantasy like Merlin, futuristic fantasy, Science-fantasy like Warenouse 13 and Special Unit 2.
        I was disappointed to see the genre so completely limited by Sarah, a character who was supposed to have been a fantasy lover.  This part of the story, which was pressed twice, is the part that haunted me above all else.  This hurt the story for me. It also felt like someone announcing 'Okay, people.  There are only two ways this can go and here's why.' I'm not comfortable with stories that insist on explaining in advance why it has to end a certain way.   To me it takes away from the story rather than enhances it.  
 
          I am glad that Toby learns that reality and fantasy are intertwined though.  
 
     Another issue I had was Hana (A small pixie faery) was obsessed with the wings that had been plucked off her back by goblins.   Toby tries to give them back at the end of Return to Labyrinth but accidentally gives them to stank, her little Yeti she'd been riding instead.  And she says 'Good enough!'   Good enough!?  When she's been upset about them through the books.  That's like a person whose lost their legs suddenly can get them back and the person aims wrong and their wheelchair sprouts legs instead.  But that's okay!?  Was that supposed to be funny?
 
       I do love Return to Labyrinth.  Volumes 1 and 3 are ones I've read multiple times and I love the flashback in Volume 2.   But 4 didn't have the same charm.
 
            Return to Labyrinth, in general, is a fun read but there are certain things in the fourth volume that I found dissatisfying. I don't think Moulin had to die. I felt Toby's lesson at the end came off a little forced.  And though Jake may have wanted that the line 'There are two types of fantasy' to mean in regard to Toby's preference I did still feel it was unnecessarily limiting to the genre.   As a romantic I had hoped for Jareth and Sarah to end up together but I understand that this would have shifted the view away from Toby and this was Toby's story but that doesn't change that I was disappointed.  At least Jareth gave Sarah new dreams.
 
         My theory from over a year ago, that an ablation could remain separate from the original source if that person replaced that missing piece with a new version of that which was lost, was true. I had noticed that every ablation was something that was regenerative like Hope and dreams.  And the song As the World Falls Down held the clue for me to Moppet's survival  'In search of new dreams.'   So I was at least happy to be proven right about that.
 
 
4:03 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
Ludo makes it onto the fantasy top 20
 
Ludo from Labyrinth has made it onto SFX's list of top twenty scifi and fantasy monsters compiled by a reader poll. 
 
 
Thursday, April 8th, 2010
11:25 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
New Return to Labyrinth art work
 
Jake T. Forbes has posted new art from Return to Labyrinth. The manga (Japanese style novel in comic book form) more mature sequel to the children's fantasy film, Labyrinth. This time it's of Jareth and Sarah.
 
 
Here's what I had to say on the matter.
 
'You just make me hungry for more.   You and Jim Butcher. You're both cruel.  First he ends the latest Dresden Files novel on a cliff hanger and now you taunt us with this.   I've come to the conclusion that all male writers are evil.  Evil, I tell you!   EVIL!   ... I'm done. :P
 
I love the picture, by the way...'
 
 
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
12:02 am
[lone_she_wolf]
This article really offends me
Ugh. Disgusting!

http://www.popeater.com/2009/11/30/childrens-movies/?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl4|link7|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.popeater.com%2F2009%2F11%2F30%2Fchildrens-movies%2F

This person is listing off The Never-ending story, Princess Bride, Nightmare before Christmas, the Wizard of Oz, Labyrinth, Willy Wonka and several other fantasy classics as being unfit for children.

By all means, leave a comment on the article.

Here's the comment I left.

'I am truly disgusted by this article that ANYONE could list off my childhood favourites as being unfit for kids. So you're pretty much saying kids shouldn't see ANY fantasy at all?!'
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
2:59 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
More reason to love Brian Henson
This is the best Muppet video ever!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY

Long live Queen!

I think this might be Brian Henson's Thank you to us for getting Return to Labyrinth onto the New York Times Best Seller list. This was the Henson Company's gift for Thanksgiving.
Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
7:36 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
Return to Labyrinth Volume 4 cover art
The cover art for Return to Labyrinth Volume 4 is now viewable and it's gorgeous. The blonde is moppet. The brunette is Sarah. The man with the feathery hair in upper black is Jareth. The boy in bottom left front that resembles Jareth is Toby. Return to Labyrinth is the manga (Japanese style novel in comic book form) sequel to the children's fantasy film, Labyrinth. Return to Labyrinth is to have four parts. This is the cover art for Volume 4. I can't wait to read it. I really hope Sarah and Jareth (David Bowie's character in the film) end up together.

http://www.gobblin.net/2009/11/22/volume-4-cover-art-revealed/
7:34 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
Return to Labyrinth Volume 4 cover art
The cover art for Return to Labyrinth Volume 4 is now viewable and it's gorgeous. The blonde is moppet. The brunette is Sarah. The man with the feathery hair in upper black is Jareth. The boy in bottom left front that resembles Jareth is Toby. Return to Labyrinth is the manga (Japanese style novel in comic book form) sequel to the children's fantasy film, Labyrinth. Return to Labyrinth is to have four parts. This is the cover art for Volume 4. I can't wait to read it. I really hope Sarah and Jareth (David Bowie's character in the film) end up together.

http://www.gobblin.net/2009/11/22/volume-4-cover-art-revealed/
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
3:59 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
Impulsive Imp
A book by Anne Rice's father (Howard O'brien) is now available on amazon. It's a story he used to read to her as a child called The Impulsive Imp. This title later gets used as a term to describe Anne Rice's Lestat only her father's story is about a literal imp who behaves very much like the classic goblin. It seems like the sort of creature you'd find in Labyrinth.

http://www.amazon.com/Impulsive-Imp-Howard-OBrien/dp/1419661167/

Discussing this book with my friend Sarah, I found out there are some parents that deem the original nursery rhymes too violent for children. Would you believe that? I know some of them are violent like The old women who lived in a shoe but others are just sweet like Mary had a little lamb. Who would keep their children from classic nursery Rhymes?
3:51 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
Truth lying riddle
Someone please post this on the IMDB Q and A for Labyrinth. I am getting tired of explaining it.


First, realize you do NOT need to know who is lying and telling the truth!

A lot of people THINK it’s about finding out which one is lying and telling the truth.

And the guard telling the rules does not count as part of the riddle and not grounds to determine who is lying or telling the truth. This is not the point of the riddle. You have to forget about trying to find out who is lying. That isn’t the point.

The trick is NOT to find out which one is lying and which one is telling the truth but to find out how to get them both to give the same sort of answer.

If you ask one guard ‘Would he (the other guard) tell me this door leads to the castle?’ Whatever answer they give you is the opposite of the truth.

You’re either asking a truthful person what a liar would say (So you get a lie answer, you're truthfully told what the liar would say.). Or you ask a liar what the truthful person would say (so get the lie answer because that's who you're talking to, lie by default).

Remember what Hoggle said, you have to ask the right questions.

Sarah got it right, she only fell through the trap door because she had made the mistake of saying ‘It’s a piece of cake.’ An oubliette is not certain death and she only ended up there because she chose down as opposed to up.

The one thing Brian Henson is wrong about is on the two disc DVD set he mentions Sarah got it right (which is true) but not understanding why the ground gave out under her anyway. He figured it was because life isn’t always fair and she had to learn that. Though that can be considered a lesson the fact is she said ‘It’s a piece of cake.’ Something always goes wrong when you say that.
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
5:15 am
[lone_she_wolf]
New Labyrinth Riddle
Attention Labyrinth fans!

Jake T. Forbes, author of Return to Labyrinth, the manga (Japanese style novel in comic book form) sequel to the children's fantasy film Labyrinth has posted a tricky riddle that you have to unravel to guess a chapter title for Volume 4, the final part of the four part Return to Labyrinth book series.

Let's see if we can unravel the secret of Return to Labyrinth Volume 4.

http://www.gobblin.net/tag/riddle-club/
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
3:43 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
M. C. Escher Relativity used for Warehouse 13
The M. C. Escher Relativity stair case room is now being used in trailers for Syfy's Warehouse 13. Warehouse 13 is about a warehouse where a secret agency stores confiscated magical, haunted, or dangerous objects. The warehouse itself is three miles deep and designed by Thomas Edison, Nicolas Tessla and M. C. Escher.

You can see it at the beginning of this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctNV68yvAF0

What I find sad is the one used in Labyrinth was an actual built room (done by Jim Henson) whereas the new one is CGI. In my opinion the one Jim Henson actually had constructed looks better.

Labyrinth version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX917y1Ly8o
Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
3:51 am
[lone_she_wolf]
According to the book GOBLINS! by Brian Froud and Ari Berk today is the first day of the Goblin month CANKERMOOT.
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
3:17 am
[lone_she_wolf]
Happy BUMPSPLOTCH DAY
Happy BUMPSPLOTCH DAY!

From the book GOBLINS! by Brian Froud and Ari Berk this is a Goblin Holiday in which goblins slide across mortal kitchen floors.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
1:50 am
[lone_she_wolf]
Return to Labyrinth still on track
There was some doubt floating around on if Return to Labyrinth would be completed because of Henson's new deal with a comic book company. According to Jake T. Forbes, author of Return to Labyrinth, Return to Labyrinth is still on track and will be completed however he has no connection with whatever Labyrinth projects are being produced by Archaia.


http://www.gobblin.net/2009/06/22/archaia-teaming-with-henson-for-new-comics-series/
Saturday, June 20th, 2009
1:43 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
How many editions are there?
I used to think there were just three editions of Goblins of Labyrinth.

1986 version

1996 abridged version (retitled A field guide to goblins: The Goblin Companion)

And the 2006 reprint (restored full version with a new afterward by Brian Froud).

Now I realize there are actually four.

About a week or so ago I saw a very cheap copy of A field guide to goblins: The Goblin companion on amazon. The first copy of this printing I bought was forty dollars a few years ago. This one I just found was only ten dollars. Though I prefer the full restored version of the book from 2006 I bought this new copy of the shortened 1996 edition (It has several pages of art work removed from it that are in the 1986 version and 2006 version, making it the most abridged of the two whereas the longest version is the 2006 edition). Now when this new copy of the abridged version arrived I noticed something very odd. It was a much larger printing than the copy I already had of it.

The first copy of A field guide to goblins I had was a small book just an inch and a half or so wider and taller than the Labyrinth novelization, about a quarter of the size of a typical Brian Froud book. This one that arrived today had the same cover art as that small edition but much larger printing. This one is about equal size and width as Brian Froud's Good faeries / Bad faeries and is therefor a much bigger printed book to the first copy of A field Guide to Goblins that I already had. The internal content is the same. The cover art is the same. The material the cover art is made of is the same. But it's just a far larger book and text size than the version I first purchased.

I had no idea there WERE two editions of A field guide to Goblins published. I had thought my hand held copy was the only edition published in 1996. I didn't know there was a larger version with the same content.

To anyone else who has A field Guide to Goblins which version do you have?
Sunday, June 14th, 2009
8:17 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
Analyzing Jareth's feelings for Sarah
Here's my analysis on Jareth's feelings for Sarah.

When Jareth first saw Sarah he was drawn to her for her creativity and imagination. She believed in creatures like him or could accept such creatures as potentially being real, something rare in the modern world. She was a beautiful and innocent child. He was drawn to that innocence, perhaps because her pure dreams were such a stark contrast to how he saw himself and his own reality. Jareth seems perfectly miserable as The Goblin King but Sarah was full of hope and fantasy and ambition. Her love of theatre and her creativity. So much potential that he could never have of his own (though it does require creativity to build and maintain a Labyrinth such as he has).

As Sarah went into The Labyrinth Jareth became drawn to her will. A will as steadfast and strong as his own and in a mortal girl. He was amazed by her tenacity, her refusal to be defeated. Her cleverness and cunning to get through his Labyrinth. The more frustrated he became at his inability to defeat her and the further she got the more he wanted her. Perhaps (because The Labyrinth was an externalization of his own personality and soul and she was solving it) he felt she was getting to know him better than anyone else could as she was getting to know herself.

In the ball room he sees her, not as a child, but as a woman. He uses her dreams against her but in reality he's molding her dreams into his own. Maybe that's why Moppet in Return to Labyrinth has blonde hair. She's not entirely Sarah's dreams. She's Sarah's dreams and Jareth's. Though admittedly other ablations don't have the same hair as their original source. When Jareth sees her in the ball he wants to seduce her. He wants to rule her, to have her. Maybe even to be ruled by her. 'Love me. Do as I say and I will be your slave.' Somewhere around this point he decides he doesn't want an heir (Toby) as implied in the novelization and confirmed in the Return to Labyrinth manga. He wants a queen. 'For what good is a kingdom without a queen to share it with.' (Return to Labyrinth Volume 2).

Jareth knows what love is. Sure he goes about things wrong and sometimes confuses love with domination but the idea of being in love does not evade him. He talks of unconditional love in As the World falls down. 'But I'll be there for you as the world falls down...'

He doesn't want any harm to come to Sarah. 'You didn't hurt her, did you?' he asks Mizumi in Return to Labyrinth Volume 3. For all he's done he's afraid of physically hurting her. Even when she was in his Labyrinth Jareth never allowed any real harm to come to her. If he had left her in the oubliette he would have had guaranteed victory but instead he sent Hoggle to take her back to the start? Why? he says 'She'll soon give up when she realizes she has to start all over again.' But in that same breath he's pretty much admitting to us, the viewer, that is is giving her the chance to start all over again. She can either give up or try again but either way he's rescuing her from the oubliette whereas if he left her there he would have had certain victory. This was mercy. Jareth lies to his minion, and possibly to himself, about his motives but Jareth is a clever character. He must have known that if he had left her in the oubliette he would have won. It's Jareth's own act of mercy that was his undoing.

I think Jareth also suffers from what I call 'The Little Mermaid syndrome.' (Not to be confused with the real medical condition of Mermaid syndrome where a child is born with the legs fused together). By little mermaid syndrome I mean Sarah represents the world Jareth longs for but, so long as he is Goblin King, he can never really be a part of.
David Bowie felt that Jareth rather reluctantly inherited the title of Goblin King and that he would rather be down in SoHo but he's not. Sarah is not just the innocence he wishes he had but also she was human, of the human world. A world he longed to be a part of. This added to what drew him to her.

As Sarah refuses to be defeated so does Jareth. The more she resisted and rejected him the more fascinating she became to him. The more she resisted him, the more he wanted her. But the desire to win the game for her heart was only a small part of it. She was mortal, innocent, cunning, clever, beautiful, and stubborn, her boldness, her bravery, her creativity, her strength of will and her tenacity, her refusal to be defeated, her defiance- it frustrated and intrigued him.

I think he always wanted to either replace Moppet (Sarah's dreams) with new dreams of him or he wanted to control her dreams in such a way that Sarah's dreams would long for him and still long for him when and if rejoined with Sarah. I think Jareth wanted to be wanted in return.

He went about things all wrong and is confusing domination and submission with love but in his own weird way I am certain Jareth does love her, truly love her. I think Jareth just needs a good wake up call to experience what truly means. Then he and Sarah can truly be together.

He no longer represents the aspect of Sarah that she needs to renounce. His purpose to the story has changed and that stage of her life is over with. So maybe now it's time that Jareth must change in order for him and Sarah to both have their happy ending finally.
Thursday, June 4th, 2009
3:42 pm
[lone_she_wolf]
David Bowie's son to direct Scifi movie
David Bowie's son to direct Scifi movie...

http://scifiwire.com/2009/06/how-david-bowies-son-woun.php

Duncan Jones (That's the name he's going by now) is directing a new Scifi movie about the moon whose plot seems strikingly similar to his daddy's Thursday's Child music video. Duncan Jones is thirty eight. God, Bowie must feel old.
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