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!
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.

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.

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

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

A rare publicity shot of David Bowie taken when he was publicising Labyrinth with Jim Henson and George Lucas. This is a direct scan (by me) from a slide and as far as I’m aware this image is pretty much unique.

Enjoy, and please credit me if you share this scan elsewhere.

slickchromeamericanprince:

If she’d have kept going down that way she’d have gone straight to that castle! #labyrinth #nyc

That’s amazing! Does anyone know where this store is?

Rocks … fwends …

One of the greatest Labyrinth secrets is that Jim Henson originally planned for Ludo to be played by David Bowie.

susanitaslittlegallery:

"GOBLIN KING OF THE LABYRINTH" by the Canadian artist BENSON SHUM, animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Included in the #davidbowie tribute art show at #Susanitaslittlegallery
ON SALE AT WWW.SUSANITASLITTLEGALLERY.COM #labyrinth #bowietribute #bowie #goblinking #bensomshum

gurularry:

At long last, it’s finally here!!!   Labyrinth Movie Mistakes!!!

I would like to turn this into a regular show,  so if you would like to see more,  please share and like the video for me,  you’d be doing me a massive favour!!! :)

This is fantastic, and most of these were things I personally hadn’t noticed before - particularly the miraculously sprouting flowers!

lectorconstante:

Sarah: Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young girl whose stepmother always made her stay home with the baby. And the baby was a spoiled child, and wanted everything to himself, and the young girl was practically a slave. But what no one knew is that the king of the goblins had fallen in love with the the girl, and he had given her certain powers. So one night, when the baby had be particularly cruel to her, she called on the goblins for help!

Goblin: Listen!

Sarah: “Say your right words,” the goblins said, “and we’ll take the baby to the castle, and you will be free!” But the girl knew, that the Goblin King would keep the baby in his castle for ever and ever and ever, and turn it into a goblin! And so the girl suffered in silence. Until one day, when she was tired from a day of housework, and she was hurt by the harsh words of her stepmother, and she could no longer stand it…

(lo pinta Andy Fairhurst)

This is a wonderful piece - most imaginative!