A new novel shows the darker side of cute.
This is a ridiculously reductionary article that discusses some of my favorite texts - but the notion of subverting the adorable with the grotesque manifests in every culture in a variety of ways. The headline is unfortunate clickbait that continues throughout the rhetoric of the article - even in the second to last paragraphs that begin to ask interesting questions, the author is still deploying cloying and hackneyed notions of femininity to sound critical - and all it does is sound salacious. It is ridiculous to suggest that it is only in Japan that this kind of play with innocence and violence is happening - it happens everywhere. Also, to correlate Confessions with Battle Royale (a story conceived in the 90s era boom made into a film in the 2000s - that in many ways was a reflection on the brutality of capitalism and post-boom economy and the construction of a hyperconsuming child subject) and Kono Taeko’s work (written in the 1960s that is an evocative and brutal criticism of the constructions of women’s roles in the post-war) without real analysis of the politics at work is a disservice to all three works.