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27 September 2011 @ 06:04 pm
"oh you can't help that," said the cat, "we're all mad here".  

Random tumblr gif slash the only resolution to this show:



DON'T THEY HAVE SOME SORT OF REHAB THING FOR ICON-MAKERS? Because they really, really should. D:

Something interesting I've noticed during the whole icon-making thing is that TVD uses a lot of framing and mirroring. Especially for Elena. There are tons of caps in which she's either looking into the mirror or is reflected in the mirror, and I'm wondering whether it's accidental or a a meta-cinematographical nod to the Elena/Katherine divide or even Elena's self-division. It really brings to the fore the whole reason for entire tragic set-up that is Elena's life; her completely unoriginal face, with, apparently, multiple replicas. The really interesting part is that these scenes usually occur when she's suffered some great loss (think the literal and metaphorical mirroring of the scene in the Pilot where she's looking at her parents' picture and then almost a repetition of the same scene in The Sun Also Rises when she's looking at Jenna's picture).

Dear Diary, today will be different. It has to be. I will smile and it will be believable. That smile will say, “I’m fine, thank you.” “Yes, I feel much better.” I will no longer be the sad little girl who lost her parents. I will start fresh, be someone new. It’s the only way I’ll make it through.
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In which case I think the narrative, though the parallels could suggest that Katherine isn't as far removed from Elena as the show has so far constructed. Each time she's yet again unable to save someone whom she loved, or actively becomes the reason for someone's death, she's that much closer to her image in the mirror, that is, Katherine.
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FINE, FINE. I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT BECAUSE IT SOUNDED COOL.

[55 icons: The Birthday and The HybridPreview:

    

    


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youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on September 27th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Haha, I'm glad you think so. AND YES, ELENA IN A SALVATORE BROTHER SANDWICH WOULD BE AWESOME. /odd euphemism. But really, it would be hot!

Thank youuu!
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youcallitwinter: and I'm here to get it back from youyoucallitwinter on September 27th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
I unfortunately don't have the icon up right now, but it reminds me of the mirror framing of Elena in room with Elijah

Ohh, that's EXACTLY what I was thinking of while making the post actually! That is such a perfect example of framing, I remember making an icon on that:



And it's especially significant because it's Elijah and your interpretation of the scene is lovely!

I think the way I see it is that Katherine has become who she is through a certain context and life-experiences and maybe if Elena went through them, she could have the potential to be Katherine. But I think, in that case, anyone would have the potential to be Katherine, it just depends on how you choose to look at it! Katherine's selfishness is always shown to be the basic part of her, which I love and hate. I think she's a very strong female character in a way.

A lot of times, the mirror is used as a device to look into the soul, so the idea of Elena losing herself or fearing she is becoming Katherine is great symbolism.

THAT IS SUCH A GOOD READING.

Also, thank you so much! I really appreciate you taking the time out for commenting <33
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(no subject) - youcallitwinter on September 28th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
These are gorgeous! Taking some for tumblr, thank you!
youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on September 27th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! :)
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youcallitwinter: be your teenage dream tonightyoucallitwinter on September 27th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot! Usually I'm pretty straight-laced, so I'm glad a little experimentation works!
Kismet's Kiss: Damon Elena Danceinulover4eva648 on September 27th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
Lol BB I heart you.
youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on September 27th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU AROUND IN AGES DD: ILY tooo <3
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youcallitwinter: be your teenage dream tonightyoucallitwinter on September 27th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
I think I've only noticed that because I love making icons with mirrors, and this show has SO MANY. Not only Elena but Caroline and Stefan and Damon, it's a legit running trope! And I think what that would stress is that Katherine doesn't exist out of context; she became who she is, and maybe given the right circumstances Elena could be her. After all Katherine watched her entire family die. Elena's moral ground this season is REALLY shaky; her (non)reaction to Andie's death was pretty shocking. And she's definitely willing to wave off all that doesn't directly concern someone she loves.

I wonder if the show will ever really have Elena face this?

EXACTLY. I've been wondering if they'll gloss if over or actually address it!

Thank you so much! :D And I completely understand because I rarely use animated icons myself. I'm so glad you liked them; generally I got for bright colors and sharp contrasts so this was a first in a softer effect!
comeundone_82comeundone_82 on September 27th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
OMFG - Awesome icons!!! I like this ...more artistic style #1,3,5, 9, 50,52,21,22...gosh simply all of them!

This been said, I alos loved your recap! I´ve come to look forward to it. I know this is the wrong entry to reply to with this but I´m sort of busy these days and since you mentioned the mirror thing: I think there are a lot of cinematographically/ storytelling devices to find in the show. Last summer I found tons in s1 and I´m sure they are not all accidentally. Can´t be, not that many. Plus I think the writers aim to bigger things with the show. Sure it´s a small show on a small network and a "simple" story but when done right...there is no such thing as a simple story and this one got layers...a lot.

Again, amazing icons...must change some of my LJ ones *LOL*
youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on September 27th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'm so very glad you mentioned those because I've developed this thing for really cut faces/to the side, while earlier I was ALL ABOUT centering! Thanks so much :DD

Oh, don't worry about that at all; I've been REALLY bad with replying myself :s And I never do these recap things but TVD has take over my life /sigh. I'm avoiding all work for it D:

Sure it´s a small show on a small network and a "simple" story but when done right...there is no such thing as a simple story and this one got layers...a lot.

That's a really interesting way to put it. I think because the show is on the CW and it's about vampires and it has disproportionately good-looking people, there's a tendency to believe that it can't be very well thought out in the meta-terms. Like, you won't imagine 'mirrors as a running trope to depict intense self-division' to be a deliberate directorial move. I suppose we're all a little prejudiced that way, heh. But I love what you said and I think it's true; it's always possible to add layers through complexities not only of narratives but extra-narratorial modes; through camera and placing and objects etc.

Thanks again <33
Frust-sheep: Vampire Diaries: Caroline&Stefan-1-anifrust_sheep on September 27th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
<3 ! :)
youcallitwinter: be your teenage dream tonightyoucallitwinter on September 27th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thank youuu, love!
unoshotunoshot on September 27th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Winter.

Winter, I have room for only one icon. A single icon to express all of my love for TVD.

ONE ICON.

WHAT SHOULD IT BE.
youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on September 28th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
But how? DD: Everyone gets at least fifteen, right?

I can't choose myself; I'm all 'I think I'll change some icons' and then I can't figure out which ones to give up and which ones to take in and which ones I'll start hating as soon as I have them uploaded.

I basically go through life creating conflicts for myself. :s
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aerintine: Tyler is against the wallaerintine on September 28th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
I've noticed the mirroring too - and what you said is VERY COOL. :)

I've snagged so many of these how to even begin. Love all the colors in this set. Especially the golds and reds.
youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on September 28th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
Haha, most times I say things just for the heck of saying them. I also have a LOT of shots of Elena in bed/standing next to it. I WONDER WHAT THAT MEANS?

This was an experimental batch, so I'm so glad it worked for you! :D
ever_neutral: tvd ~ as if death itself was undoneever_neutral on September 28th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Oh dude, you KNOW I agree with all your Elena thoughts 100%. A+++. And I am inclined to say it's deliberate, because… how could it not be??? The alternative is too stupid to handle. ELENA IS GROWING MORE LIKE KATHERINE. IT IS A THING THAT IS HAPPENING; DEAL WITH IT.

UNF, your icons are yum. Why you gotta be talented at everything. :( #36 is my fave, which you probably already knew. :)
youcallitwinter: be your teenage dream tonightyoucallitwinter on September 28th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
I like to think it's deliberate, because I like to think I watch smart things. Even if they have two vampire brothers in love with the same girl *nods* I WANT IT TO HAPPEN AND IF THE SHOW BETTER NOT TRY TO TELL ME OTHERWISE.

Your icon is A+, I SEE YOU GOT A PAID ACCOUNT. Now I'm alone in the 15-icons group. D: Also, thankings :D
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Laura: TVD- Forwood Wall Kiss Purpleonetruefriend on September 28th, 2011 07:21 am (UTC)
These are all amazing!!! Snagged more for later! Will credit!
youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on September 28th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks youuu! I appreciate the comment :D
awesomepossum27awesomepossum27 on September 28th, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
snagging #34! Will credit when used. Thank u!!
youcallitwinter: be your teenage dream tonightyoucallitwinter on September 28th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you found something :D
Azmiri Sultana Mridulmridul777 on September 28th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Would you mind lending me the part of your brain that thinks up "these" kinda TVD stuff for say.....an eternity.!

Pretty please ! Pweez!

....Some of the things that comes to your head my dear are soo quirky, yet when I sit back and think for some time, most of the time I end up nodding,

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Nice Icons BTW!!


youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on September 28th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Haha, I honestly think WAY TOO MUCH about this show and most of those thoughts are WTF, even? But I'm glad you agree :P

Thanks so much! ALSO, LOOK AT DAMON, AWW.
Azmiri Sultana Mridulmridul777 on September 28th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh and btw...snagging the gif at the very top of this post. yep...the 3some one!! :D :D, will obviously credit!!
youcallitwinter: be your teenage dream tonightyoucallitwinter on September 28th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Haha, you don't need to credit me for that, it's not mine! I unfortunately can't remember which tumblr I found it on D:
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(no subject) - youcallitwinter on September 28th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)