Oscar Wilde References

victorian-enjolras  asked:

yo please teach me about oscar wilde i really wanna get into him but i dont know where to start

oh boy have you come to the right place!!!! let me tell you about this man!!! 

this is probably my favourite picture of him because of his expression… i mean how is that not universally relatable…

Crash Course Biography:

  • Oscar marries his wife Constance in 1884, had 2 kids & decided he didn’t actually like her all that much & i’m like 70% sure they never had sex after kid #2
  • 1886 Robbie Ross (light of my life) turns up & is unabashedly homosexual - most people attribute Robbie as the one to bring Oscar to the Side of Gay.
  • Oscar struts about town, living a life that Henry Wotton would wholeheartedly advocate. He assumes the role of a ‘dandy’ - think flamboyance from every angle & add some frills. This was cool for him as it wasn’t seen as synonymous with being gay, just being a dramatist. 
  • 1891 is when Lord “Bosie” Douglas turns up & introduces Oscar to more gay stuff & more illegal stuff like weed & brothels & prostitution 
  • 1894 is when Bosie’s dad finds out about their relationship, flips out & takes Oscar to court for being illegally gay in 1895 :(
  • 1895 Oscar counters the charge by saying the case was unfounded (it totally wasn’t, he really did have a lot of sex) & whilst his epigrams / wit won him initial support, it all went downhill quite quickly. there’s another 2 trials for Oscar whilst all his friends pack up & get out of England (Robbie breaks into Oscar’s house upon request & packs up some of Oscar’s stuff, then legs it out to Paris) 
  • I think that the judge doesn’t even let Oscar have any last words in court i mean is that not the most heartbreaking, soul crushing thing you can do to this man 
  • Oscar does his sentence of 2 years hard labor in prison & gets hit in the head / ear - this injury & botched treatment is to be the cause of his death
  • He goes to Paris under exile & as far as I can gather lives with Robbie’s help but spent a lot of the time rejecting his help too. Also Oscar tries to live with Bosie again but both of their families are having exactly none of that behavior.
  • Oscar dies in Paris at the age of 46

Importance of Being Ernest is the 1st work of Oscar’s I read & I have never looked back. it’s short & sweet & hysterically funny, the humour is in no way dated & I love it
Picture of Dorian Gray please read this book as I have read it more than 7 times now & I need someone to rhapsodise about this with. It’s honestly a brilliant book with a totally cool plot & 3 fascinating characters (3 guesses who my fave is…it’s basil… it’s always basil)
The Ballad of Reading Gaol is the last work Oscar created before his death, & it’s about the harsh reality of prison & honestly I cry just because of the context
The Happy Prince & Other Tales so, my parents used to read these to me as a kid & like…is it really any wonder i love Oscar Wilde so much…I really honestly adore these stories!! 

Wilde (1997) Stephen Fry has been my standard image for Henry Wotton but he does make a damn good Oscar & also Michael Sheen as Robbie Ross is everything
Dorian Gray (2009) now…i have to admit i haven’t watched this but with all things considered i think i’m slightly justified in that due to the blatant disregard of Dorian’s descriptions in the book

Articles / other things to check out!!
queerhistoryproject has 2 great articles on Oscar here & here!! 
An article on Dorian Gray which is great 
This article explains a bit about where Oscar was coming from in the whole ‘aestheticism’ movement!!
And if you’re really keen (like me) there’s this one on Ernest 

I’ll cut my info dump off here - it seems like an ok place to stop! I’ll probably make more posts about Oscar-related things & any lit revision that I think might be useful to put up on this blog? I hope you enjoy the crash-course in Oscar Wilde & that this is all somewhat useful!! :]

Heronchild Headcanons

Listen I’m all for heronchild as a romance and everything, but can we take a moment to consider heronchild’s friendship? They are parabatai, after all:

• Matthew definitely, 100% uses James as a pillow 99.9% of the time (look at this post).

• James trusts Matthew and only Matthew when it comes to getting a haircut. He won’t even let his mom do it.


• Sometimes when James is too exhausted and starts falling asleep, he starts to turn into a shadow. Matthew, usually sitting next to him on the couch, puts a hand on his wrist or his shoulder to ground him back. He’s the only one who manages to do that.

• When Matthew reads De Profundis for the first time, James sits down with him and reads over his shoulder. His presence is the only thing that keeps Matthew from breaking down completely.

• When James starts to see Grace, and to withdraw from his family, Will goes to Matthew first to ask him what’s going on. Matthew says: “He’s just a little bit lost right now. Don’t worry, Mr. Herondale. I’ve found him before, I’ll find him now.”

• [CANON] Matthew is the only one who can see James as a shadow!!!

• They fight for then most stupid things. “James have you seen my copy of The Importance of Being Earnest?” “No.” “What do you mean no?” “Precisely that. I haven’t seen it.” “Fuck you, Herondale.” “Whatever.”

• James will never let Matthew live the whole “I look like I have a lot of friends just ‘cause I can’t have the one person I want to be friends with” thing down. Matthew walks out of the room every time he tells the story.

• Sometimes James stays with Matthew in Henry’s basement, and he falls asleep with his head on Matthew’s lap as his parabatai and Henry discuss some new invention.

• James always has cold feet. Always. Matthew carries a pair of extra socks in the pocket of his pants whenever they go out (and has to keep drawing heating runes on James’s ankles).

• They would take several bullets for each other, that’s for sure.

• They are very, very rarely seen without the other. Like Jem and Will, but worse.

• “James?” “Hmm?” “I’m in love with you.” “Nice.” *a moment* “James?” “Yeah?” “If we weren’t parabatai and this weren’t the nineteenth century, would you marry me?” *pats head* “Sure, Matthew.”

• After one month of being friends, James can recite three excerpts from The Picture of Dorian Gray, all of The Ballad of Reading Gaol and the first two acts of An Ideal Husband from memory. He has never read any of those works.

• Matthew is so proud the first time he hears James muttering a few verses to himself he actually cries.


“It was an unjust mirror, this mirror of his soul that he was looking at. Vanity? Curiosity? Hypocrisy? Had there been nothing more in his renunciation than that? There had been something more. At least he thought so. But who could tell?

And this murder,—was it to dog him all his life? Was he never to get rid of the past? Was he really to confess? No. There was only one bit of evidence left against him. The picture itself,—that was evidence.

He would destroy it. Why had he kept it so long? It had given him pleasure once to watch it changing and growing old. Of late he had felt no such pleasure. It had kept him awake at night. When he had been away, he had been filled with terror lest other eyes should look upon it. It had brought melancholy across his passions. Its mere memory had marred many moments of joy. It had been like conscience to him. Yes, it had been conscience. He would destroy it.”

The Picture of Dorian Gray ~ Oscar Wilde

Images: Penny Dreadful S03E09 ‘The blessed dark’

tightropeofhope  asked:

(pls give me more a/e fic recs tho its been so long)

you keep making my evening better and better (sorry this took so long, i had to really dig up some of them mmshsh)
these are the ones that stayed with me, there’re so many more that were a pleasure to read but..:

my fav dream husbands fic for the looongest time was the only living boy in new york .. they land in limbo. they get to know each other, things happen, it’s 50k of character study and angst and beautiful, beautiful writing.

now… after reading it a second time all the world is bulletshaped became my new favourite: it has such a unique style, it’s brutal and raw and grabs you by the.. emotions..  wow. arthur needs to get into cobol hq and.. asks eames for help, it’s full of action and suspense and DAMN

my third fav is this growing up one..  nobody knew me at home anymore IT’S BASICALLY OUR H&L AU and so, so fucking good. a bit of an ari and dante vibe?

presque vu OBVIOUSLY.

Eidolon is an inception/tdkr crossover. they go into bruce wayne’s mind, arthur plays john, eames forges bane and.. dangerous things happen. i was so, so scared. amazing.

This lonely house.. oh my god. (oscar wilde references mehehe)

In medias res The mirror verse… arthur’s the forger, eames the point man.

impossible object it focuses on ftm arthur, god this was so good.

In our line of work was one of my first and still touches my soul. arthur wakes up and realises his life was a dream and now wants to find eames. fuck me up, thenk.

uhm so if you want to fuck yourself up really, really badly.. Moment of Inertia. (character death warnings)

hope you find some you like :^)

oh yeah i think that was the moment i truly fell for robert small was when we’d had a wild night of drinking wine in parking lots and throwing rocks at shit and sneaking into movie theatres and then we were in a back alley getting harangued by a zitty teenager and robert squared up and was like, “you and me, kid, right now, queensberry rules” like that’s a DEEP CUT of an oscar wilde reference right there

anonymous asked:

Have you had any thoughts on what does the two figures on the stained glass symbolize in the 91 Days opening credits? Cause I'm pretty sure I have a good explanation for it.

Oh, you mean these, anon?

Since I’m not well-read on the Bible, I had to do a bit of research, during which I discussed this in the chat, and buckle up, because this is gonna be a wild ride.

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We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars” - Oscar Wilde 

Happy Birthday to one of the Irishman to whom Oscar Wilde was surely referring. Firmly in the gutter but enthralled with the stars, Mr. Niall Horan. Keep the stars in your eyes, Horan. Happy 23rd.

Exactly how “intimate” Holmes and Watson are

This is a pretty pointless compilation of how “intimate” they are in canon. It’s my birthday tomorrow so I can post something just for fun. Actually, that is a terrible excuse. I would have posted this bit of nonsensical meta anyway. ;)

The Speckled Band, 1883

  • This is my intimate friend and associate, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as freely as before myself.
  • They have known each other for two years and are already that intimate? It would be a normal thing to say today, but this is 1883 and the Victorians were – let’s call it peculiar about this sort of thing.

The Yellow Face, 1888

  • For two hours we rambled about together, in silence for the most part, as befits two men who know each other intimately.
  • Read as: they did not have to speak their thoughts out loud because the both already knew exactly what the other would be thinking. Well, it is canon that Holmes can (and does) read Watson’s thoughts.

The Greek Interpreter, 1888

  • During my long and intimate acquaintance with Mr. Sherlock Holmes I had never heard him refer to his relations, and hardly ever to his own early life.
  • Again, “long and intimate”; also he does finally refer to his family in this story. So basically, The Greek Interpreter is “meeting the family” (plus, obviously, another crime/date).

The Final Problem, 1891

  • […] the very intimate relations which had existed between Holmes and myself […]
  • And even more – “very intimate”? Watson, are you trying to say something?

The Devil’s Foot, 1897

  • In recording from time to time some of the curious experiences and interesting recollections which I associate with my long and intimate friendship with Mr. Sherlock Holmes, I have continually been faced by difficulties caused by his own aversion to publicity.
  • See above; but now, a few years later, Watson has dropped all pretence of “acquaintance” and simply says “friendship”. This does not fit modern language/terms, but, for instance, Oscar Wilde referred to Lord Alfred Douglas as his “friend”, and Maurice and Clive are “friends”.

The Dancing Men, 1898

  • I gave a start of astonishment. Accustomed as I was to Holmes’s curious faculties, this sudden intrusion into my most intimate thoughts was utterly inexplicable.
  • And here, the mind-reading episode. It is a pretty impossible thing to do if you do not know somebody by heart. Even for Holmes it would probably be impossible on anybody else. But Holmes is not the only one who does it: Watson knows Holmes exactly as well. How about these two quotations: To me, who knew his every mood and habit, […] (A Scandal in Bohemia) and but it seemed to me, accustomed as I was to his every mood, […] (The Navel Treaty).

Watson, you are truly awful at keeping your secret, do you know?

By the way, just wondering, what exactly does “intimate” imply? ;)

Mary’s brooch & butterfly scarf

Mary wears a very visble brooch from the end of HLV (the tarmac scene) until the end of TAB (the “modern scenes”). I’ve always wondered what was behind it but I took the longest time to identify the flowers represented on the brooch.

I won’t claim to be a specialist in flowers, so I took long time and careful research on this meta. However, if anyone with better knowledge see something else, please let me know right away! :)

It turns out Mary’s brooch tells us a lot about Mary’s personality and fate. It is also tied to a very deep gay subtext, and I cannot believe for one second that it’s not an intentional choice.

Basically, the brooch predicts Mary’s end & Johnlock, and it associates the show with masterpieces of homoerotic love stories => BBC Sherlock is about Johnlock and delivers a powerful message to the LGBTQ community. =)

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I’m not sure I mentioned this recently enough or not but I FUCKING love velvet goldmine.

I feel like I can talk about it for ages. The themes, the colors, the way Arthur’s face twitches any time anyone says “curt wild”

Like I will literally fight anyone who talks shit about this movie, the acting is fucking superb. The things they can convey with just a look.

The way everything is bright and saturated in the 70s portions but dull and washed out in the 80s.

The connections to Dorian Grey! The Oscar Wilde references! The music!

And yet I still feel like there’s so much that eludes me. So many subtleties that I’m just missing. Ugh I love this movie SO much

Love, loss, the inevitability of change, bitter nostalgia,

Romancing the Werewolf Drinking Game:

To play with you beverage of choice. (Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, something stronger…)

  • Drink if/when Lord Akeldama has Some Feelings about Biffy/Lyall
  • Drink for each use of the “Dolly” nickname
  • Drink if Alexia, from abroad, somehow sticks her Italian nose in cuz she gotta
  • Drink when Lyall/Biffy romance inevitably gets interrupted 
  • Drink twice if it’s Channing who does the interrupting
  • Drink if/when Sidheag yells at someone
  • Drink for each Oscar Wilde/green carnation reference
  • Drink for each Easter Egg you find
  • Down your drink when Biffy/Lyall finally get their kiss/sex/romance session
  • Down your drink if Sophronia (alive or dead) somehow puts in an appearance 
the episode was fake

[clutching shock blanket]

i don’t care if people call me crazy at this point

here is the evidence that makes me still believe in this god forsaken show against all odds:

- why would the tagline from the season 4 promo pics be directly lifted from clue unless they were intending on presenting us with multiple alternate endings to the series
- why was john chained to the bottom of the well and then able to be rescued by a rope, despite the show’s extremely close attention to detail other than to demonstrate that those who don’t look closely, or even logically at a show are going to be the ones to completely ignore all of its subtext
- why would there be so much emphasis placed upon ‘making television history’
- where was the rug pull
- what about the LGB report
- what about The Gay Pilot
- what about moffat and gatiss’ description of surprises and ‘traumatising a generation’
- why reference oscar wilde in TFP unless it was intended to demonstrate how in this alternate reality we are being presented with a story that caters to the heteronormative masses
- why would sherlock, obviously gay sherlock, kermit fucking sherlock, who knows next to nothing about politics except for the significance of margaret thatcher (honestly i could go into more detail on this, people already have) - why would HE not know who oscar wilde is
- what was the significance of the twitter game if not referencing real events within the show related to mary’s death, unless these events are directly a result of sherlock and john’s relationship and therefore unable to be shown in the decoy episode
- why is TFP so drastically different from the rest of sherlock? because it’s deliberately crafted to show us a reality in with their relationship isn’t the fundamental basis of the narrative
- why include the umbrella knife sword gun / killer clown / paintings crying blood etc. other than to demonstrate the absolute ridiculousness of this episode, highlighting just how fake it actually is
- why was john able to escape from being “shot” by eurus and why was he not visibly harmed or concerned in any way
- why was john’s character arc and internal emotional journey cut short? because it cannot progress without it becoming textually clear that his struggles are linked to his romantic feelings for sherlock
- why was the smoking gun shown to us in TLD not the same model as the one eurus used to “shoot” john?
- why include so many elephants? hint: there is no other reason for there to be elephants. this is not queerbaiting. this is an intentional TJLC nod.
- what was the narrative significance of TAB if not to show us the outcome of the series?
- why draw so much attention to conspiracy theories and “invisible armies”? another TJLC nod.
- “is cup of tea code?” … “wouldn’t you prefer coffee?”
- why suddenly and inexplicably give mary a redemption arc despite her being a mirror for a character who uses her death to drive sherlock and john apart? because it’s linked to their romantic relationship.
- why did john suddenly forget completely about his wife’s death despite being obviously deeply affected in the previous episode? again, because furthering his emotional arc would mean making johnlock textually explicit.
- why place such emphasis upon “romantic entanglement”?
- why say that sherlock is “back - and this time in love” in all of the advertisements?
- why would all of the actors be so proud of making TFP if it was a lower standard than all of the other episodes combined?
- why do people “always stop at three”?
- why is moffat supposedly more proud of TFP than ASiB?
- why would they allow the full episode to be leaked twice when they have been so quick to shut down any potential leaks of just promo pictures for previous episodes?
- why would they post about the leak on the sherlock facebook page other than to draw attention to it?
- why would gatiss ever make a show using queerbaiting when he’s literally a gay man?
- why would moffat and gatiss, writers who have spoken emphatically about the need for LGBT+ representation, go so drastically against their own moral principles?
- why would the parallels in season four imply that the final episode was supposed to mirror ASiP and then have that dropped?
- why were we presented with an episode that draws absolutely no reference to anything that has ever happened in the rest of the show when the narrative is based upon mirrors, parallels, and references?

because we didn’t see the actual episode

instead we saw moffat and gatiss demonstrating how terrible the show would be if sherlock and john weren’t romantically involved. this is to put emphasis upon how crucial their relationship is to the narrative and brilliance of the show.


Originally posted by and-all-that-fandom

TFP Thoughts

There’s a lot of confusion and anger right now over TFP (understandably), however, attacking Moftiss is ridiculous and unnecessary. This season was phenomenal- no, it wasn’t what we were used to from the show but it wasn’t supposed to be. It was dark, raw, and emotional-the major plots came full circle and while there may have been plot holes in the finale- the show itself was incredible and in my eyes the writers did canon tjlc in the most sherlock way possible. There was never going to be an intimate physical moment-we’ve seen that by sherlock’s weariness of the subject of sex throughout the show. But this ending, while sudden and bittersweet…..gave us a glimpse of the future we wanted for the baker street boys. Mary gave them her blessing: “If I’m gone I know what you can become” (after which they shared a knowing smile) John and Sherlock living together, raising Rosie, and solving crimes. Now that Sherlock has understood his past, we see the human, emotional being he always was come to light-and we see him recognize that…he is finally allowed to feel. They are more than friends, they love each other and they are family- the way it should be and always will. That being said…….I don’t believe it is over and there are elements to come back to.
The writers have always said this wasn’t a detective show- it was a show about a detective…more specifically John and Sherlock’s relationship so it was upsetting to see Mary say “it doesn’t matter who you are” because with as much character development as we have seen throughout the show we know that its a lie-everything thats happened is because of sherlock’s past and who they are….it does matter. I am so happy to see them at peace…happy and living together, doing what they love with the people they love…the writers never told us john lock would be canon-in fact they said it would never be, but they always lie. Too many people are upset because they treated this as the end, and even though it felt like one, we don’t know that it is. If I were moftiss I wouldn’t want to come back to this either- they have given us so much and written an absolutely beautiful show with deep characters and intricate plots. They have said in the past that this was the story they wanted to tell and didn’t care if people liked it or not- it only mattered if they were happy with the product. They have ALL said (cast and crew) that they want to revisit sherlock, so don’t be so quick to assume this was the end.

Here’s some reasons why:

-We never met Harry

-It was never explained why Mary’s videos were titled “Miss Me?”/”Miss You” and where they came from/how they got to john/sherlock 

-We never saw sherlock resolve his relationship with molly

-We never saw Martin’s “big monologue scene” ????

-What was so “history making” about the ending? because while it could be interpreted as canon it was extremely subtle….

-Moriarty plot was wayyyyyyy too elaborate to be resolved so suddenly

-Rathbone Place ???

-Anemoi ???!!!

-Moftiss said something along the lines of “its not whether or not sherlock loves someone, its WHO he loves” and yes he loves his friends and family, they never deliberately answered this…again..vague

-Vatican Cameos

-Never explained how Eurus was in connection with Culverton??

Why TJLC is canon:

-Oscar Wilde reference

-The scene where sherlock angrily yells at Mycroft that John is family (to which he smiles)

-Sherlock never once pointing the gun in John’s direction

-Soldiers? Soldiers.

-When they watch Mary’s video, immediately after saying “I know what you can become” sherlock looks down at john and john smiles (Mary has ALWAYS been aware of John and Sherlock’s love for each other)

-rebuilding 221B exactly the way it was before


-raising Rosie in 221B (there are only two bedrooms) ????

Nothing has ever been certain on this show, we were never promised Johnlock. Yes this episode had it’s flaws but I cannot comprehend how one can view it as bad- it made me scream, cry (repeatedly), laugh, sob, leap out of my seat, sob some more…and bad writing could not be capable of inciting that kind of a reaction. I’m thankful for Moftiss, I’m thankful for Ben and Martin’s heart in staying loyal and repeatedly returning to do this show despite more pressing demands, and I’m thankful for the incredible show they’ve given us. 

Who knows if there will be an episode 4 or season 5, but for me…..Sherlock has been the best thing I have ever seen on television and I am in awe of Moftiss’ depth and dedication to the story. I hope this isn’t the end, but in the meantime take everything with a grain of salt (we’ve known that since the beginning) and for now, try and be happy with the evolution of Sherlock and John’s relationship throughout the show and where it has led them. John just lost his wife and it nearly destroyed their relationship beyond repair…John needs time, sherlock needs time, they need time to heal and get back to their routine where the love began….. Moftiss can’t make everyone happy, so they gave us an ending where we could interpret it as we choose and make Johnlock whatever we wanted it to be. xx

punk-rock-enough  asked:

Hi, Jenna. I have a question which might sound quite ridiculous but here it is: I came up with the idea that John's mustache in TEH might be a metaphor for John and Marys' relationship? I don't know how should I explain it clearly but, I kind of thought that way during the scenes when 1)sherlock said, "Are you really going to keep that?", 2)Mary and Johns' conversation which is: "Sherlock hates it.", Apparently everybody hates it", 3)John shaving it off and back to 221b to meet Sherlock.

By the way, I enjoy reading your great metas and thank you so much for that. Also, thank you for spending your time on reading my ask. Lastly, sorry for my poor English! (And since my sherlock blog - yelling john- is my second blog, there was no choice for me and I had to send you asks by using my first blog account. It is totally nothing related to sherlock and sorry for that!)

Hey, your English is great! And thank you very much for reading, I’m so pleased you enjoy them <3 I have a lot of fun writing them :D And no worries, I’ll tag your Sherlock blog @yellingjohn so it’s easier for you to find this ask.

And that’s definitely NOT a ridiculous question! John’s moustache absolutely does not bode well for his relationship with Mary at all:

1) The Modern Timeline: “It wasn’t working for me.”

@deducingbbcsherlock has a fantastic gif meta from 2014 here, showing the Molly and John mirroring. And hey, what do you know, Molly says her lipstick “wasn’t working” for her after Sherlock said it made her mouth “too small”, and John says the exact same thing about his moustache after it’s obvious Sherlock isn’t too keen on it! He does “prefer his doctors clean shaven”, after all. A clear parallel between both John and Molly wanting Sherlock to find them romantically appealing.

Plus, John leaves Mary stuck with “six months of bristly kisses” until SLAM BAM, SHERLOCK’S HERE, LET’S WHIP OUT THE RAZOR AND DO THIS THING, BE GONE MOUSTACHE. Remind me, who’s the one you’re marrying, John? ;)

And the moustache becomes even more interesting in The Abominable Bride…

2) The Victorian Timeline: “Blame it on the illustrator!”

There’s a bucket-load of implications about John’s moustache in the Victorian era. It’s especially significant John is clean shaven when he first meets Sherlock but then, when he is married to Mary, he is suddenly With Moustache again. Basically, put very briefly, clean-shaven= being interested in men and moustache= a literal “beard” to hide this very fact. @mathildalocks has a fabulous meta on this here, as does @weeesi and others here. The Oscar Wilde references floored me!

Also, I see John’s moustache as being what the symbolic deerstalker is to Sherlock: they both have their own ‘heterosexual disguises’, their public images. But, in The Abominable Bride in particular, we see that both are tired of the get-ups they are forced to put on. John blames the “illustrator” for his moustache, and how he has to grow it so “people” (the prejudiced Victorian readership?) will recognise him. Sherlock throws his deerstalker off The Reichenbach Falls, emphatically sending his false “Straight Image” to its symbolic death.

ok but the stradivarius thing is not just from tplosh but specifically from the ‘bachelor living with another bachelor’ scene. in the same fucking episode they reference oscar wilde. they cant do that. they arent fucking allowed to do that