This is my set for this month's genre-focused round at inspired20in20. I chose to claim Atonement because it's a good example of a film that is both typical of its genres and also subverts them in unexpected ways. And also because it gives me feels. Atonement is a drama at all times and is also a romance and a war film. It also has some epic qualities to it and a surprising unreliable narration. With this set, I tried to focus on the elements of the film that fit and subverted the genres, detailed in a very tl;dr and spoilery way below.
Then our romantic drama becomes a much darker war drama, while still keeping the thread of the central romance intact. Years later, Cecilia and Robbie meet in London before Robbie heads to war. They are going to be together when the war is over. They write to each other and Robbie reads Cecilia's letters over and over and remembers Cecilia's request that he come back to her. This is where we get another genre element that I think is subverted. The depiction of war in Atonement is mostly minimalist. We have scenes of Robbie and two other soldiers travelling through fields of colorful fields and another memorable shot of Robbie in front of a movie screen showing a kiss. This romantic imagery carries the romantic undertones of the movie through the war scenes.
Then the audience is updated on what is going on with Briony and we have the typewriter music back again announcing her return before we even see her. While training as a nurse, Briony has been working on a novel about a young girl who saw something that she didn't understand but thought she did. She understands now and goes to apologize to Robbie and Cecilia. Fast forward several decades and Briony is an elderly woman filming an interview about her latest book, Atonement, the book she had been writing her whole adult life. This is the moment when the movie shows it's true meaning and does something very unexpected. Briony reveals that some of what we've seen was fictional. Robbie and Cecilia never reunited after the war. Robbie's true last words in the film are "You won't hear another word from me. Promise," which he says a little over an hour into the movie. Cecilia died during a Blitz. Briony wrote the novel as penance for pulling apart these two people she cared about who were so in love. It makes me WEEP every time and I honestly can't think of a sadder ending to a movie. Just the word atonement kills me because, in the book, Briony can give Robbie and Cecilia the life together that she stole from them. The final shot is an imagined scene of Robbie and Cecilia together at the seaside cottage that they were meant to go to together.
This is relevant in the context of this genre challenge because I find it unusual to have an unreliable narrator in a film of this genre. It gives the story so much more meaning and makes it so much more interesting and heartbreaking.
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I'm really happy with this post so I hope you all like it too! It consists of some selected icons from a Buffyverse battle, the April maker's activity at tasteislife, a couple the7days sets including the one complex icon I accomplished for that challenge, and some other icons for various icontests. The timing of this post is super awkward given that I posted a little over 12 hours ago but whatever. I've been waiting and waiting to get this posted and now I'm finally free to do so.
Also, everyone should watch Hannibal.
01-05 Angel, 6-15 Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 16-26 Hannibal, 27-28 Vikings, 29-37 Teen Wolf, 38 Firefly, 39 Pushing Daisies, 40 Community, 41 New Girl, 42 Smash, 43 Wolf Lake, 44 Hitchcock, 45 Looper.
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This is my Teen Wolf season two set for 20inspirations. This round was different from previous rounds in that we had to pick unique claims, we couldn't switch our claims, and the theme was a more traditional 20in20 type deal. So I thought, 'hey, I'll do Teen Wolf 'cause it's my thing,' and in some ways it worked out and in others I made it difficult for myself. I know the fandom and the caps so well that for some themes it was easy to quickly recall a cap that would fit the theme. On the other hand, I've already iconned this show so much and a lot of the best caps are overiconned in the general icon community, so I tried to icon caps I hadn't used before as much as possible or I tried to do something different with the caps I'd already iconned. On top of all of that, there were the themes themselves and my endless battle with self-doubt. Is pastel too pastel? Down the Rabbit Hole or just ugly? (DtRH 1.0 was definitely just ugly and will never see the light of day!) I ended up with a surplus of obscure crops the first day that I was working on this (vibrant and faceless were originally category icons) and then I ended up with six chiaroscuro icons so five of them became artist's choice. Retro was almost my minimalism icon before all the textures. Anyways. My point is that this was a weird combination of easy for me and anxiety-inducing.
I have my next icon post ready to go and was hoping to get it posted before this but I'm waiting on some pesky challenge results that are overdue. Hopefully that will get posted in the next few days. I'm also working on a set of Atonement icons for inspired20in20 so that should be posted soon as well.
01-20 Teen Wolf season two
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01-17 Anna Karenina, 18-20 Les Miserables, 21-33 Teen Wolf, 34-35 Holland Roden, 36 Tyler Hoechlin, 37 Crystal Reed, 38-39 Being Human, 40 Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 41 Lord of the Rings, 42 Harry Potter, 43 Battlestar Galactica, 44 The Mighty Boosh, 45 Legend of the Seeker, 46 Glee, 47 Community, 48 Bioshock Infinite.
This is a miscellaneous batch including icons for the latest round at rumblr. The challenges were focused on color so it's a colorful group! (And OMG I WON. I can't believe that.) Most of the rest are from the the fifth Fortress battle and the last one is a random icon of William Henry Harrison, my favorite fail!president who should have worn a coat.