Meme time, hell yes!
This would be the one where you all can ask me to list 5 things that remind me of you, and then you write about those in your LJ.
I got 5 from batarde
:fanaticism towards long dead celebrities
Oh god this is pretty much a SUMMARY OF MY LIFE. Though sometimes I include a not-yet-deceased person! I feel I should add that in the interest of seeming less deranged. But yes, famous dead people! I love famous dead people, there are so many to choose from. I'm pretty excitable and prone to huge obsessive phases in general I think, so I am pretty easily won when I find out about somebody famous being awesome. This, added to the fact that for some reason unknown to me I have a huge boner for pop culture history, means that I am saddled with many dead people crushes. I still don't know where my actual boner for pop culture history (or the 20s in particular) came from, though.displaced zeitgeist
I've had so many people say some variation of ~you were totally born in the wrong time am i right~ to me over the years, but I think I agreed maybe once when I was fifteen and then I snapped out of it. I'm way more excited about and smitten with a lot of 1920s (pop) culture than is probably wise, considering how butthurt I then get that I can't go there and be awestruck irl. Still though, zeitgeist encompasses so much about an era, whereas I really pick and choose. When I'm watching old movies, listening to old music, and reading about the awesome adventures some people back then had I'm all ~O MAN IF ONLY I'D BEEN THERE~, but I can't ignore how much more racist, sexist, homophobic, etc etc ad nauseam even progressive people generally were in the 20s. I mean, most people even today hold beliefs that make me furious, let alone being stuck in the 20s. I would probably want to die, much as I love so many things about it in a totally creepy way.
I actually think maybe I am more of a ~child of my time~ BECAUSE I have the opportunity and the privilege to completely immerse myself in a bygone era like that. Regardless of the fact that I really don't have that much money, I still have endless amounts of media from and about my favourite eras at my immediate disposal, from all corners of the world. I really value this position of having such a wide spectrum of historical creative output available to me to enjoy and actually keep for myself, so I can watch the same silent movie a hundred times if I want, instead of seeing it at the theatre and then never again, or maybe once on television decades later. I can read about all of these things from the viewpoints of the people who were there and experienced them, but also from people who are more in touch with the way people look at things today. So, I dunno. I think I do have a stronger desire to experience a past era than probably a lot of people and if I had a time machine available to me I would spend a LOT of my free time chillin' in the 20s (in NYC or Hollywood or Berlin or maybe Paris tho, not here) - but I wouldn't want to be stuck there, if I could help it. TOTALLY HANGING ON TO MY 'I AM SECRETLY FROM THE 20S' LJ TAG THOUGH OKAY, WHATEVA.neo old school european
Maddy I don't know why you had to pick all this smart sounding shit, it makes me feel like all my answers are going to sound enormously stupid. Especially this one because I totally don't know what to make of the concept. WHAT IS OLD SCHOOL EUROPEAN? I have no idea! It totally sounds appropriate except I have no idea what to actually make of it in specifics. My brain is all LEONARDO DA VINCI!!! but then I still don't know what to say. Curses!!bollywood vs. old school hollywood
OKAY NOW THIS I REALLY LOVE. Ngl though, my real old school Hollywood knowledge is totally limited to the silent era and like 20 other films from the 30s and then 10 more spanning the 40s-60s or something. Well okay more than that, but not much! So basically... I am going to cheat and make this about the 20s!
Well for starters ~I love both~ OBVIOUSLY. Both get a pretty bad rep for melodrama and overacting, both are perhaps more full of fierce ladies than one might expect, both are oten felt to be or have been popular only because its intended audiences just don't and didn't ~know any better~. Both are often visually really stunning, which is part of why I like them so much!
I think with both it can be hard to navigate between all the things I love sooo much about them and the things that make me go "oh, right :/". It's never pleasant to suddenly be confronted with blackface outta nowhere, or with somebody derogatorily being called a half-caste in the midst of an adorable movie. -isms abound wildly in both genres, as they do everywhere else I suppose, but both silent movies and many Bollywood movies can be super blatant about it. But on the other hand, I've been surprised at the number of movies from both groups that I have seen (I haven't seen any silent Indian movies yet though sadly) which were actually really blatantly about promoting women's rights, and those were really exciting and amazing and did not mince words at all. Idk idk, I am really annoyingly good at finding meaningless parallels everywhere so I could keep going on about this forever. I should move on before this actually happens, lol.sailors
MADDY. WHY SAILORS. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND!! I feel like I've missed something about myself here because this one came out of left field lol. I guess I love Buster Keaton and he loved boats and I love Buster Keaton on boats? But I doubt that counts. My brother is a qualified sailor though which is pretty badass, but I don't trust boats one bit, man.
Ooh, I do see a segue to talk about one of my favourite fashion trends OAT though which is wigs with boats on them! I don't know why I love it so much. People used to also have bird cages with live birds in them in their wigs and I feel like I should like that even better but I totally don't, I prefer the boats.
THIS TOTALLY ISN'T EVEN REAL BUT HOW AWESOME IS IT?! It's much better than the pictures I have of the real thing because they are all wigs on boring blank mannequin heads. I've been meaning to find paintings of this phenomenon from the actual correct era, but I keep forgetting!
So um, idk, that was it! It's been like a month since I got these but I am very good at procrastinating. Feel free to ask me to name 5 things for you to talk about in the comments and I totally will!