American Horror Story – Coven (Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuck)


Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck are are the pioneers of the now popular television format ‘Anthology series’. A narrative, plot and suprnatural world which is visited by viewers and finished completely in roughly 10-12 episodes. This keeps viewers focused on a concise narrative beggining to end frame which doesn’t cause fatigue over location or characters over several yearly seasons. Like it’s company ‘The Craft’ in cinema tales of female exploration of witchcraft; it follows the pros and cons of using dark supernatual energy to gain power.

Fiona Goode is played by Jessica Lange. She is extremely smart, vivacious, beautiful but however is self involved and manipulative. She is the strongest witch due to age, experience and having attended this academy a few decades earlier. She craves youth and what she assumes is vitality. This is humour from writers as while Fiona may have aged she is just as outgoing, funny but yet unreliable and selfish as she was at 18years old. This is shown in flashbacks.

A lot of theatrical and drama weight was given to the ‘American Horror Story’ franchise this particular season. The arrival of three well established female actresses who usually work in film and cinema. Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett. This also highlights an element of trust and respect for Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck to create stories of humour and the supernatural for women of any age or race which may be relatable for wide audiences.

Intentional or by chance the subtle feminism in ‘Coven’is present. The entire ten episodes revolve around eight female witch who differ in age, personality and race. It focused on their individual struggles with few males showcased. This would explain it’s success as the most well know of American Horror Story series. It is empowering and honest for female viewers despite it’s supernatural theme of witch power.

Von Von Lamunu


AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Protect the Coven – Episode 311 (Airs Wednesday, January 15, 10:00 PM e/p) –Pictured: (L-R) Jessica Lange as Fiona, Angela Bassett as Marie — CR. Michele K. Short/FX

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