Kaleidoscope (Beauty and the Beast zine)

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Zine
Title: Kaleidoscope
Publisher: Richard Davis
Editor(s): Cynthia Hatch
Date(s): 1989-1991
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Medium: print zine
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Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (TV)
Language: English
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front cover of issue #1
back cover of issue #1

Kaleidoscope is a three-volume series of Beauty and the Beast stories and poems written by Cynthia Hatch.

They are online here, without art: Kaleidoscope.

Issue 1

Kaleidoscope 1 was published in August 1989, has 202 pages, and art by the author.

Summary: Classic stories, including "The Bridge," a story that presents Vincent and the Tunnels below as a hallucination that Catherine creates in order to cope with the trauma of her assault.

The zine has a warning regarding "The Bridge":
I am told by those who previewed this book that the second story requires a note of caution -- something akin to the Surgeon General's warning about possible health hazards. It may be best to think of it as a commercial break for reality -- the kind of reality that allows network executives, who worship only cold hard numbers, to hold the power of life and death over something too fragile and perfect for them to understand. If it strikes you as pure fantasy, while the other two stories seem real, that's fine. Over the past two years, we've all learned how beautifully and mysteriously the two can blend. Rest assured that, having completed the treacherous crossing of "The Bridge" in safety, you will find yourself in unknown territory, but back in the realm of B&B, as we very are close, in fact to the place from which we started. Safe journey. C.H.

The reaction to "The Bridge" was primarily negative. The sentiment against the story was so strong that a fan wrote a responsefic (with Cynthia's permission) which was published under the title Once You are Real.

In a 2005 interview held as part of the Winterfest celebrations Cynthia talks about the response to her story. See Winterfest Interview with Cynthia Hatch.

Contents:

  • The Deception of Stars (6)
  • The Circle (7)
  • Continuum (74)
  • The Bridge (75)
  • Shades of You (143)
  • Guards (145)
  • Words (200)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

See reactions and reviews for The Bridge.

Issue 2

cover of issue #2
interior art issue #2 by Sue K

Kaleidoscope 2 was published in July 1990 and has 256 pages. Art by Sue K. This zine won an award at the South of Oz convention.

A summary: This novel continues the story of Vincent & Catherine failing to get together. A subplot deals with an art theft that turns into a hostage situation. Mitch appears.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

This novel continues the story of Vincent & Catherine failing to get together, although the impediment is a little hard to discern. Nevertheless, excellent characterizations and good reading throughout. A subplot deals with an art theft that turns into a hostage situation.[1]


Issue 3

cover of issue #3
interior art issue #3 by Sue K

Kaleidoscope 3 was published in June 1991 and has 294 pages. Art by Sue K.

A summary: The author premises this novel on the assumption that K-2 was all a dream. Deals with Vincent's Dark Side and Catherine's complicity in evoking it by her dangerous lifestyle.

Third and final volume of the series. In a surprise plot twist, the author makes a telling commentary on the 3rd season. Catherine and Vincent spend a magical night Above on Saowen which leads to the long-awaited consummation of their love. This series is a classic. Highly recommended.[2]

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

Hatch premises this novel on the assumption that K-2 was all a dream! Grittier account than K-2, with more recognition of Vincent's “Dark Side” and Catherine's complicity in evoking it by her dangerous lifestyle. Long, long, gorgeous “first-time” middle section. There's an attempt to generate suspense through a small subplot about a possibly deranged friend of Steven Bass following Catherine around, hoping to spot the “monster” Steven told him about; but that pretty much comes to nothing when the threat is fortuitously removed. Vincent and Catherine waltzing outside a Halloween party, then wandering the streets, is quite charming. There's a lot more philosophizing by all participants than there is action but the process of Vincent's finally coming to accept Catherine's decision to move Below is well handled. Would have benefited by tightening/trimming some of the long, long conversations but definitely good reading. A lot of zine for the money.[3]

References

  1. Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997, Archived version
  2. from the The Beauty and the Beast Buyer's Guide to Fanzines
  3. Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997, Archived version