As teenage girls, we seemed to have many wants. We wanted to spend our days on the beach, flirting with the lifeguard. We wanted three pairs of swimsuits and the newest pair of Jimmy Choos. We wanted to go on road trips with our girlfriends and drink fruity alocholic drinks. We wanted our feedom while at the same time wanting the financial security that our parents provided us. As teenage girls it seemed like we wanted everything we saw that had a price tag on it. We wanted to be beautiful forever and we wanted to fall in love with a prince.
Yes, this i what it seemed like we wanted.
But if you were given a genie lamp, which three wishes would you make? Would you wish for a duck for Dirk, and a Secret Agent Lover Man for you and a house to live in happily ever after?
You know, I think I may have actually wished for those things. I remember before reading Weetzie Bat that all I ever wanted was to fall in love with a man who respected and adored me, a house for us to call our own and beautiful children with bright futures.
Weetzie Bat is given all of those things. Of course, it wasn't always perfect. Conflict happens even in the happiest of fairy tales, As Violet from Violet and Claire would say, "Conflict sells." But if you take away the conflict that presents itself throughout the Dangerous Angels series, you find a girl who is living the basic life that every teenage girl dreams about, her wishes come true.
And not only is Weetzie Bat living the life that every girl wants, she is doing it in a world that is real. Real, but at the same time, completely fantastical. Weetzie Bat is a book of perceptions. Francesca Lia Block teaches us that the world may be ugly, stressful and meaningless at times, but it only looks that way if you allow yourself to see it that way.
"The reason Weetzie Bat hated high school was because no one understood." No one does understand. We all see the world as the tired and used place that we grew up with. We were told all our lives that magic was not real. But who is the authority on what magic is or is not? Sure, there is no such thing as magic wands that shoot lightning and dragons do not fly through the sky breathing fire. But those literary things are not exclusively magical. Why can't we understand that magic can exist if only we alllow it to exist?
Weetzie Bat is a girl who sees the world as a magical place, and because of this, the world around her effectively becomes magical. Weetzie Bat sees the world the way we always wanted to see the world.
And that is why she is our idol. That is why she is the poster child for magick culture.
So next time you come face to face with someone--either a stranger or an old friend--who is lost, starving and desperate, do not discard their pain as something that our world caused. Do not settle on believing that you are unable to help them. Instead, see them through a different set of eyes. See them as a faerie who has lost their wings. Look into their eyes, and tell them, "I believe in you."