Here is a scene from the movie ‘Beautiful Creatures’
Rena regrets telling me she has memorized a million poems because it is a supernatural gift. I saw the last half of this movie and am watching the first half right now. It begins of this young man doing drawing of a young woman, but, you can’t see her face. For two weeks I have been wanting to tell my reader (and Rena) that since I can remember I have been working on the hairline of a young woman, just the hairline. I had to get it just right. Rena has that hairline – just right!
This movie is another portal into ‘The Rose of the World’ prophecy. Rena tapped into something when she was a child. The Rosamond family had plantations in South Carolina. Christine did a painting of our black maid, Lena.
There was an art contest where one drew the dark side of Lena. Christine saw this dark side in Rena. Since she filed stalking charges I have talked about creating a computer generated avatar from the one photo of own. This movie and the books are what I saw Rena and I doing together. Vonnegut’s novel ‘Slaughterhouse Five’ is introduced as a vehicle for ‘Beautiful Creatures’ who authoress may have been reading this blog.
Here I am, Rena. Your dear brilliant friend who alas knows he met and fell in love with a brilliant woman. You are a Poet. How wonderful. We can meet here, in our poetry. There is such a refinement in you. Where did it come from? I know you wonder about it – every day!
In our meeting again, we can do anything. We can be perfect. We can own that idea of perfection that has eluded us for most of our life. We will forever be Adult-Children of Alcoholics, but, this time we get to choose our play-mates -without fear. We get to be happy – forever. We are special siblings. We will never be rejected again. We get to behold that tiny green star at the end of our lives and know;
“Alls well, that end well!”
It has been such an honor to know you.
The movie Beautiful Creatures in association with deviantART are pleased to present the “Light” or “Dark” contest. Using the asset pack provided, and with inspiration from the trailer above, get ready to create your most compelling LIGHT or DARK version of Lena!
In the film Beautiful Creatures, based off of the best-selling novel, Lena is a caster, a person who can use magic, and on her birthday she will be Claimed for either Light or Dark. As that day approaches, Lena along with her love interest Ethan uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Is it fate, or does Lena have a choice? Help her decide by creating your vision of her as either a light or dark caster! Dark secrets will come to light when Beautiful Creatures is in theaters VALENTINE’S DAY 2.14.13.
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Beautiful Creatures is a 2013 American romantic fantasy film based upon the eponymous novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film was adapted for the screen and directed by Richard LaGravenese and stars Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert.
The film was released February 14, 2013. It received mixed reviews from critics, and was a box office disappointment.
In Gatlin, South Carolina, Ethan Wate awakens from a recurring dream of a girl he does not know. In voice-over narration, he describes his enjoyment of reading banned books, his despair of his small-town existence, and his dreams of leaving for college. Arriving for his first day of junior year, Ethan notices newcomer Lena Duchannes, who resembles the girl he has been dreaming about. The other students do not take kindly to her and spread gossip regarding Lena’s reclusive uncle, Macon Ravenwood, and suggest that her family includes devil worshippers. Overhearing these whispers, Lena tenses, and the classroom windows shatter, amplifying the fears and suspicions of the class and the townspeople at large that she is a witch.
On a drive home, Ethan nearly runs over Lena, whose car has broken down. He gives her a ride home, and the two bond over their shared love of poetry and having both lost their mothers. Ethan drops Lena off but later finds a locket and returns to the mansion to give it to her as a present. Touching the locket triggers a shared flashback to the American Civil War, after which Ethan awakens at his home. Macon disapproves of their love and fondness of each other, and conspires with Ethan’s family friend, Amma, to keep the two separated. However, Ethan continues to pursue Lena until she confesses that she and her family are “casters” capable of performing magical spells that change the weather or create illusions. On her sixteenth birthday, Lena’s true nature will steer her towards either the light or the dark; Lena fears the latter, as it entails being consumed by evil and hurting those she loves. Ethan insists she is responsible for her own choices and reassures her that she is a good person.
Matters are complicated by the arrival of two immensely powerful dark casters who aim to push Lena to the dark: Ridley, Lena’s provocative cousin/childhood friend, and Sarafine, Lena’s mother, who has possessed Mrs. Lincoln, the mother of Ethan’s friend Link. Sarafine foresees that Lena will become an even more powerful caster and intends for Lena to use her newfound power to purge the Earth of humans, leaving casters to rule in their wake. Lena and Ethan use the locket to re-experience the whole flashback, which reveals their ancestors, caster Genevieve Duchannes and mortal Confederate soldier Ethan Carter Wate were in love. Ethan Carter was shot in battle, and Genevieve revived him using a forbidden spell that caused her to go dark and curse all the Duchannes family’s women. They consult with Amma, who is in a seer/keeper of a caster library beneath the town library. The most ancient of these books, the Book of Moons, reveals the secret to undoing the curse: someone Lena loves has to die. Unwilling to take Ethan’s life, Lena has a final moment together with Ethan in which Lena makes it snow and then erases all his memories of their time together.
Ridley seduces Link and gives him a bullet to use in an upcoming Civil War reenactment of the Battle of Honey Hill which will take place on Lena’s birthday. During the reenactment, Link and Ethan agree to “kill” each other so they can ditch the reenactment. While at the ceremony for her 16th birthday, Lena feels the shock of the curse being broken and runs off to Ethan, clutching his dying body as Ridley and Sarafine encourage her to surrender to grief and accept the dark. Lena lashes out in anger, sending lightning strikes through the crowd of reenactors until Ethan transforms into Macon, who had previously disguised himself as Ethan to become the needed sacrifice. His dying words encourage Lena to “claim yourself”; she then causes the moon to disappear, so it cannot claim her for the dark. Lena allows Ridley to flee and pulls Sarafine from Mrs. Lincoln’s body, using her power to seal Sarafine’s spirit away.
Six months later, a still-amnesiac Ethan stops by the library to visit Amma before leaving for an NYU college tour with Link. He apologizes to Lena for not having got to know her during their time in Gatlin. When he inquires if a “banned book” by Charles Bukowski (which she had shared with him when they first met) is any good and Lena asks him to define good (the same reply she gave the first time he asked), Lena then presents it to him as a “getting out of Gatlin present”. As Link drives away, Ethan reads a passage in the book that he had earlier associated with Lena, while Lena is revealed in the caster library to be a half light/dark caster. As they drive past the town line, Ethan glimpses the town’s burned welcome sign and remembers everything. The car skids to a halt, Ethan gets out of the car and yells Lena’s name. She hears him call, and is freed of her dark side before the screen fades to black.
Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan Lawson Wate
Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes
Jeremy Irons as Macon Ravenwood
Viola Davis as Amarie “Amma” Treadeau
Emmy Rossum as Ridley Duchannes
Thomas Mann as Wesley Jefferson “Link” Lincoln
Emma Thompson as Mavis Lincoln / Sarafine Duchannes
Margo Martindale as Delphine Duchannes
Eileen Atkins as Emmaline Duchannes “Gramma”
Zoey Deutch as Emily Asher
Tiffany Boone as Savannah Snow
Kyle Gallner as Larkin Kent
Rachel Brosnahan as Genevieve Katherine Duchannes
Alice Campion Englert (born 15 August 1994) is an Australian actress best known for her roles as Rosa in the film Ginger & Rosa, and as Lena Duchannes in the 2013 film Beautiful Creatures.
Of the character of Lena, Englert stated that “Lena is like most girls when you feel massively insecure”.
She is the co-author, along with her friend Margaret Stohl of the Caster Chronicles book series, starting with Beautiful Creatures. The series, currently consisting of four books and a novella is generally
classified as a contemporary young adult fantasy novel, with particular interest for teens. It is set in the fictional small town of Gatlin, South Carolina in the Southern United States, and deals with a group of townspeople, friends, witches (called “Casters” in the books), and numerous other magical creatures.
The first book, Beautiful Creatures reached International Bestseller Status and is on The New York Times Best Seller List. It has been published in 39 countries and translated into 28 languages. It was made into the 2013 film Beautiful Creatures.