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15 March 2007 @ 12:20 am
"I doubt it. England has always been disinclined to accept human nature."  
So, I am a huge fan of privileged, English, pre-1940 boys having scandalous homosexual affairs. This all started with my passionate adoration for Oscar Wilde and the lots of gay that occurred in the 1880s and 1890s, and that somehow lead to my discovery of the fabulous Brideshead Revisited and Maurice. The books are somewhat similar, but the main differences are that a.) Maurice takes place in the 1900s/1910s or so, while Brideshead is set in the 1930s/1940s (I think), and b.) Maurice is intentionally and obviously about homosexual characters, and the nature of the relationship of the two main characters in Brideshead is somewhat controversial. I interpreted them as being pretty much all about the gay lovin', but others may disagree. In any case, the former is straight up about the gay and the latter is mainly concerned with other, more boring themes, like religion and the decline of the British aristocracy. (YAWN! Like, for realsies!) It's been kind of a while since I've read either of these books or seen their movie/television adaptations, but this community simply calls for an obnoxious picspam of both, I think. That said, hurrah for lj cuts.


Maurice is a great book and a great movie. I would give a more detailed plot outline, but I'm not into spoilers and I'm already kind of spoiling some of it. So yes, that's that.


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E.M. Forster, the author.

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Yes, Hugh Grant stars in this movie. He's all cute and young. Awww, young Hugh Grant. Anyway, his character is named Clive and he's kind of a douche but we love him anyway.

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Here is Maurice (and his freaking mustache. NO. The appearance of the mustache indicates the oncoming of an unhealthy and boring attempt at heterosexuality and obsession with capitalism in the movie.)

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Stuff happens and, as expected, Maurice and Clive are in (awkward) love. They proceed to roll around gayly in the grass.

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Awwwwwwwwwwww

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There's even a movie poster of them being gay in the grass.

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So essentially Clive turns out to be kind of a dick, and Maurice meets this fellow, Alec. WHOM I LOVE. He's the best. Awww, yay for Alec. Anyway, he's all lower-class and stuff so it adds that element to their relationship.

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Another movie poster, HINTING OF THINGS TO COME. :O

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Some drama

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♥ :')


Moving onto Brideshead Revisited, it's seriously been a long time since I've read this, and I haven't seen a whole lot of the series, so I won't try and explain it too much.

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Sebastian is the blonde one, Charles is the brown-haired one. The teddy bear is Aloysius. He's probably the best character in the novel.

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They do gay things like lay in the grass and drink champagne, and tan naked on the roof together. Unfortunately I have no pictorial evidence of the latter activity.

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Lol Sebastian you are gay.

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I just like this poster.

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Ew, it's Sebastian's sister, who (like in this picture, hmmmmmmmmm) separates the two.


While I'm doing a picspam, I want to mention Dolly Wilde. I read a biography of her a year or two ago and she's just a really fascinating person, to whom I relate really well (in both bad and good ways). Her life was quite tragic; she was Oscar Wilde's niece, and like him, she was extremely witty and a talented writer who was very, very popular around Paris social circles in the 1930s. Unfortunately, she had a lot of problems, all of which were somewhat interconnected: she was in love with Natalie Barney (an interesting person in her own right, but someone I'm not too big a fan of owing to my bias toward Dolly), who never really treated her as she should have; she took heroin and was very much an alcoholic; she never took full advantage of her writing abilities (which were evident in diaries and letters to friends). Anyway, she's really one of my favorite figures in history, and she's virtually unknown to anyone, which is sad. But to get to the really important part, she was pretty hot, in her day, so here are a couple of pictures of her.

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sitdownvision on March 15th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
You are fantastic, because this whole post makes me want to go read D.H. Lawrence homoeroticism, huzzah! And, of course, the wonderful things you mentioned. I had no idea that Dolly Wilde existed, but she sounds wonderfully fabulous. Also, A+ on the homospam, 'twas glorious.
You Know My Name (Look Up The Number): clementine #2.captain__hook on March 15th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
Mmm, D.H. Lawrence homoeroticism. Okay, I'm not going to pretend like I'm a D.H. Lawrence expert because I'm so totally not. But I'll look into him if the things in this post remind you of him, because hey, I approve. :D
space oddity: spaced_oddity on March 15th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Why haven't I seen Maurice or Brideshead Revisited yet? Everyone knows how much I enjoy prissy gay English boys. I'm also curious about this random teddy bear. And the blonde fellow, Sebastian, looks very much like Bosie here.

Dolly Wilde seems like a fascinating person. I'd love to find out more about her. Yay for Wikipedia, clearly.
You Know My Name (Look Up The Number): i ♥ rosecaptain__hook on March 15th, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
You should definitely see Maurice. It might still be up in a certain community, actually. I hope it is, because it's such a good movie. Sigh. And I agree, ahaha. I remember a rumor about a new Brideshead Revisited film adaptation starring Jude as Sebastian and Paul Bettany as Charles, but sadly, IMDB quickly kills that rumor off. (It looks like a new movie will be out in 2008, though. Yay. :D)

She really is fascinating. The biography is a little slow-moving, but a good read nonetheless.
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