Labyrinth Nook

A blog dedicated to the Jim Henson film, Labyrinth - featuring hundreds of rare images, from stills to posters, from video game covers to pin badges! If you want to find anything Labyrinth-related, make Labyrinth Nook your first stop!

Labyrinth Japanese-style, complete with the singularly most unflattering depiction of Jareth ever created.

I believe this is some kind of promotional flyer for the Labyrinth video game.

First of all, apologies as I appreciate that this has been a long time coming! I have a good excuse in that I have been away in Berlin, but I now wish to put things right and share more fanfic goodness with you all!

The New Fic on the Block

The Way Forward by AllTheBellsInVenice

New as of August 2014, this is an exceptionally well-written and gripping tale. Jareth weaves a trap for Sarah that seems practically inescapable, but she’s no easy conquest. I’ll quote a dialogue exchange below to demonstrate why you should read it.

“Why will you never see, Sarah? Why do you refuse to understand that our bargain is tilted so steeply in your favor?” Jareth said, seeming to grow, looming over her where she sat in the pool. “You receive so much, all of me, an infinity of dreams, and all I ask in return is—-”

“My submission,” Sarah said, setting her jaw. “Power over me. It’s not nothing. It’s everything.”

While marked as complete on AO3, this story still seems to be a work in progress.

The Golden Oldie

As Easy Mayst Thou Fall by kzal

This brilliant story is one of the most mature and fully realised takes on the Jareth/Sarah relationship I’ve ever read. It begins with a twisty pursuit, but in a brilliant inversion of the typical way of things the story gets really interesting after our favourite twosome enter into a relationship and acknowledge some difficult truths rooted in the past. The sequel, With a Heart as Willing, is just as great and is quite unique in numerous thrilling and unpredictable ways.

This story is complete, though its sequel is a work in progress.

The Hidden Gem

Time in a Bottle by Icklekins

This story is very different and really breaks the mould. It rotates between the perspectives of various characters (namely Sarah, Toby, Jareth and Hoggle), and realises all of them as complex personalities dealing with incredible difficult situations. Jareth has a plan afoot, and while I won’t spoil it with details I will say it lives up to his reputation for cruelty.

Although currently unfinished, the author posted an update (relatively) recently declaring her commitment to the story.

As always, if you enjoy any of these stories show your support for them and leave reviews!

ardellacosplay:

As the world falls down…

The wonderful photographer calls this the epic dress vs epic sunset shot. I adore it! The sky has a sort of apocalyptic beauty to it.

Sarah cosplay by me! http://www.facebook.com/ardellacosplay

Photo by Rachel Lewis Photography (aka Fiathriel) https://www.facebook.com/fiathriel who also has prints for sale over at http://fiathriel.storenvy.com/collections/766173-ardella

This is such a wonderful cosplay!

lobisfemme:

First piece for the David Bowie Exhibition - Jareth

I’m planing on drawing at least other four more pictures based on my favourite Bowie personas - Jareth, Julian Priest, Ziggy, Halloween Jack and the Thin White Duke. 

This is brilliant - it captures the character perfectly. Great work!

Well, that went down well! It seems that you all liked the activity book, so I’m obliging with another page - this is one of the more accomplished and imaginative ones.

Please note that these scans all come from Elizabeth Allen’s excellent Labyrinth site; you can see the whole book there.

This is a hilariously unwholesome page from the Labyrinth Family Activity Book. I especially like the juxtaposition between the text (an alternate version of how Sarah kicked Jareth’s ass) and the image (Sarah being tenderly covered by Jareth’s cloak, and the two of them making goo-goo eyes at each other).

(This is 100% real. btw folks. This book is very hard to come by, though.)

There is a new writing challenge up at the LabyFic writing community! This time the challenge is based around David Bowie’s beautiful song ‘I Would Be Your Slave’, so if you’re intrigued and want to find out more follow the link and see what’s involved. Anyone can take part, and if you have any questions/concerns please just leave a comment or drop a message in my ask box.

Participating is a great way to reach a new audience and get feedback on your writing, so start exploring the community and check out the wonderful stories that have been posted so far.

annabellioncourt:

labyrinthnook:

meanie-face:

labyrinthnook:

David Bowie showing off his ballroom glad-rags for Labyrinth.

You know what I want to see more of in Labyrinth fanfic? 
The fact that Jareth wears HEELS.
There’s this kind of not-talked about thing in Labyrinth fanfic where, with the exception of fairy glitter (the punchline of half the Jareth related jokes the other half being unnecessary crotch jokes), all of Jareth’s more “feminine” tastes are basically often not talked about or erased.
Like, everybody wants to say that the makeup on him, the eyeshadow etc., are “fae markings” and not…you know… FUCKING MAKEUP.That he probably glitter-magics on himself every morning/every five hours when he changes his outfit. 
And it’s not just gender expression and identity that is erased from the picture. I’ve read a fanfic in which non-heterosexuality was totally foreign to the world of the Underground and to Jareth himself. I’ve read fanfics in which only heterosexuality was depicted/represented - in a world full of the fae. 

This is actually a fascinating point and something I’ve observed myself. It’s interesting that Bowie is globally famous for defying gender conventions and flaunting sexual boundaries, yet in the pocket universe of the
Labyrinth fandom he’s almost always depicted as a powerful alpha-male who’s only interested in women. I would speculate that there are several reasons for this: 1. Most Labyrinth fanfiction is written by girls/women who consider David Bowie to be attractive and like the pairing between Jareth and Sarah. Therefore, they focus on the Jareth/Sarah romance to the exclusion of everything else. Jareth’s being bisexual doesn’t even enter the equation. 2. I think that, to an extent, people are repressing the androgyny Bowie is famous for when they write Labyrinth fic. This is mainly because the suggestion that Jareth is effeminate or not manly in some way would get in the way of the idealised Jareth/Sarah romances people tend to enjoy writing/reading. 3. The third reason is practical, and is that there simply aren’t any humanoid male characters in the film to pair Jareth up with. You do find the occasional Jareth/grown!Toby fic, but these are very much niche and only appeal to a minority of readers.

I’ve seen a lot of the tight pants and glitter references but I’ve also read a lot of fics, albeit on the humorus side, where a straight (or bi or pan, who knows who else he’s into besides Sarah) Jareth follows around a college/young adult Sarah and while at her apartment would often swipe some of her cosmetics since they were easier to apply than whatever concoction he used in the Underground. And I don’t remember which one it was, but it was on FF and I wish I still had it, they were getting ready at her place to go to a club or something, and he took two hours to get ready at her mirror using her makeup only for her to be standing there in a blouse and slacks and nice eyeliner while he was emitting cosmetic glitter and wearing “an outfit even Ziggy Stardust even question”I remember that line of Sarah’s pretty well.Anyway…I just thought it was an interesting post because I never came across the erasure of the fact he has some “feminine” tastes; I had a short ficlet once where she’s standing next to him in heels, and he’s not in heels and finally realized he’s not so tall.
Though the trope of the dark or gothic villain being the other would also signify someone who didn’t fit a social parameter for gender as an other, the fandom took that fear of othering a non-binary person into making it so that you wouldn’t ever dream of seeing anything but a very masculine Jareth when he’s presented as a dark figure. But who’s to say that a non-binary person can’t be just as intimidating as a stereotypical male figure? Or this could be taken as the stories are very much about a young woman’s fears and wishes, much like Angela Carter’s stories (I’m in the midst of prepping to do a massive writing project in her style for Labyrinth), where women tend more to see masculine men as sources of fear or people to be wary of then men who come across as more delicate—they always seem safer to a woman, in general.



This is a very important counterpoint to my own post on this issue. As I tend to read ‘darker’ stories I don’t often encounter fluff where Jareth nicks Sarah’s make-up, but it seems that that’s a mini-trope in and of itself!

annabellioncourt:

labyrinthnook:

meanie-face:

labyrinthnook:

David Bowie showing off his ballroom glad-rags for Labyrinth.

You know what I want to see more of in Labyrinth fanfic? 

The fact that Jareth wears HEELS.

There’s this kind of not-talked about thing in Labyrinth fanfic where, with the exception of fairy glitter (the punchline of half the Jareth related jokes the other half being unnecessary crotch jokes), all of Jareth’s more “feminine” tastes are basically often not talked about or erased.

Like, everybody wants to say that the makeup on him, the eyeshadow etc., are “fae markings” and not…you know… FUCKING MAKEUP.That he probably glitter-magics on himself every morning/every five hours when he changes his outfit. 

And it’s not just gender expression and identity that is erased from the picture. I’ve read a fanfic in which non-heterosexuality was totally foreign to the world of the Underground and to Jareth himself. I’ve read fanfics in which only heterosexuality was depicted/represented - in a world full of the fae. 

This is actually a fascinating point and something I’ve observed myself. It’s interesting that Bowie is globally famous for defying gender conventions and flaunting sexual boundaries, yet in the pocket universe of the
Labyrinth fandom he’s almost always depicted as a powerful alpha-male who’s only interested in women. I would speculate that there are several reasons for this: 1. Most Labyrinth fanfiction is written by girls/women who consider David Bowie to be attractive and like the pairing between Jareth and Sarah. Therefore, they focus on the Jareth/Sarah romance to the exclusion of everything else. Jareth’s being bisexual doesn’t even enter the equation. 2. I think that, to an extent, people are repressing the androgyny Bowie is famous for when they write Labyrinth fic. This is mainly because the suggestion that Jareth is effeminate or not manly in some way would get in the way of the idealised Jareth/Sarah romances people tend to enjoy writing/reading. 3. The third reason is practical, and is that there simply aren’t any humanoid male characters in the film to pair Jareth up with. You do find the occasional Jareth/grown!Toby fic, but these are very much niche and only appeal to a minority of readers.

I’ve seen a lot of the tight pants and glitter references but I’ve also read a lot of fics, albeit on the humorus side, where a straight (or bi or pan, who knows who else he’s into besides Sarah) Jareth follows around a college/young adult Sarah and while at her apartment would often swipe some of her cosmetics since they were easier to apply than whatever concoction he used in the Underground. And I don’t remember which one it was, but it was on FF and I wish I still had it, they were getting ready at her place to go to a club or something, and he took two hours to get ready at her mirror using her makeup only for her to be standing there in a blouse and slacks and nice eyeliner while he was emitting cosmetic glitter and wearing “an outfit even Ziggy Stardust even question”I remember that line of Sarah’s pretty well.
Anyway…I just thought it was an interesting post because I never came across the erasure of the fact he has some “feminine” tastes; I had a short ficlet once where she’s standing next to him in heels, and he’s not in heels and finally realized he’s not so tall.

Though the trope of the dark or gothic villain being the other would also signify someone who didn’t fit a social parameter for gender as an other, the fandom took that fear of othering a non-binary person into making it so that you wouldn’t ever dream of seeing anything but a very masculine Jareth when he’s presented as a dark figure. But who’s to say that a non-binary person can’t be just as intimidating as a stereotypical male figure? Or this could be taken as the stories are very much about a young woman’s fears and wishes, much like Angela Carter’s stories (I’m in the midst of prepping to do a massive writing project in her style for Labyrinth), where women tend more to see masculine men as sources of fear or people to be wary of then men who come across as more delicate—they always seem safer to a woman, in general.

This is a very important counterpoint to my own post on this issue. As I tend to read ‘darker’ stories I don’t often encounter fluff where Jareth nicks Sarah’s make-up, but it seems that that’s a mini-trope in and of itself!
meanie-face:

labyrinthnook:

David Bowie showing off his ballroom glad-rags for Labyrinth.

You know what I want to see more of in Labyrinth fanfic? 
The fact that Jareth wears HEELS.
There’s this kind of not-talked about thing in Labyrinth fanfic where, with the exception of fairy glitter (the punchline of half the Jareth related jokes the other half being unnecessary crotch jokes), all of Jareth’s more “feminine” tastes are basically often not talked about or erased.
Like, everybody wants to say that the makeup on him, the eyeshadow etc., are “fae markings” and not…you know… FUCKING MAKEUP.That he probably glitter-magics on himself every morning/every five hours when he changes his outfit. 
And it’s not just gender expression and identity that is erased from the picture. I’ve read a fanfic in which non-heterosexuality was totally foreign to the world of the Underground and to Jareth himself. I’ve read fanfics in which only heterosexuality was depicted/represented - in a world full of the fae. 



This is actually a fascinating point and something I’ve observed myself. It’s interesting that Bowie is globally famous for defying gender conventions and flaunting sexual boundaries, yet in the pocket universe of the Labyrinth fandom he’s almost always depicted as a powerful alpha-male who’s only interested in women. 

I would speculate that there are several reasons for this:

1. Most Labyrinth fanfiction is written by girls/women who consider David Bowie to be attractive and like the pairing between Jareth and Sarah. Therefore, they focus on the Jareth/Sarah romance to the exclusion of everything else. Jareth’s being bisexual doesn’t even enter the equation.
2. I think that, to an extent, people are repressing the androgyny Bowie is famous for when they write Labyrinth fic. This is mainly because the suggestion that Jareth is effeminate or not manly in some way would get in the way of the idealised Jareth/Sarah romances people tend to enjoy writing/reading.
3. The third reason is practical, and is that there simply aren’t any humanoid male characters in the film to pair Jareth up with. You do find the occasional Jareth/grown!Toby fic, but these are very much niche and only appeal to a minority of readers.

meanie-face:

labyrinthnook:

David Bowie showing off his ballroom glad-rags for Labyrinth.

You know what I want to see more of in Labyrinth fanfic? 

The fact that Jareth wears HEELS.

There’s this kind of not-talked about thing in Labyrinth fanfic where, with the exception of fairy glitter (the punchline of half the Jareth related jokes the other half being unnecessary crotch jokes), all of Jareth’s more “feminine” tastes are basically often not talked about or erased.

Like, everybody wants to say that the makeup on him, the eyeshadow etc., are “fae markings” and not…you know… FUCKING MAKEUP.That he probably glitter-magics on himself every morning/every five hours when he changes his outfit. 

And it’s not just gender expression and identity that is erased from the picture. I’ve read a fanfic in which non-heterosexuality was totally foreign to the world of the Underground and to Jareth himself. I’ve read fanfics in which only heterosexuality was depicted/represented - in a world full of the fae. 

This is actually a fascinating point and something I’ve observed myself. It’s interesting that Bowie is globally famous for defying gender conventions and flaunting sexual boundaries, yet in the pocket universe of the Labyrinth fandom he’s almost always depicted as a powerful alpha-male who’s only interested in women. I would speculate that there are several reasons for this: 1. Most Labyrinth fanfiction is written by girls/women who consider David Bowie to be attractive and like the pairing between Jareth and Sarah. Therefore, they focus on the Jareth/Sarah romance to the exclusion of everything else. Jareth’s being bisexual doesn’t even enter the equation. 2. I think that, to an extent, people are repressing the androgyny Bowie is famous for when they write Labyrinth fic. This is mainly because the suggestion that Jareth is effeminate or not manly in some way would get in the way of the idealised Jareth/Sarah romances people tend to enjoy writing/reading. 3. The third reason is practical, and is that there simply aren’t any humanoid male characters in the film to pair Jareth up with. You do find the occasional Jareth/grown!Toby fic, but these are very much niche and only appeal to a minority of readers.

(via actualgothicheroine)

Goblin Queen by soapybubbles3

I adore this portrait - it hints at all kinds of possible futures for Sarah, and I like that she looks strong and proud.