H.B. Irving by Truus, Bob & Jan too! Via Flickr: British postcard by J. Beagles & Co., London, no. G 273 C. Photo: Doyer St. Studios.
H.B. Irving (1870-1919) was a British stage actor and actor-manager. He was the eldest son of Sir Henry Irving. Despite his many roles on stage and in the silent cinema, Irving is now best known for A Book of Remarkable Criminals (1918), which he wrote as a legal expert.
Finding books about World War One can be pretty easy. Finding movies and TV shows on it, however, can be difficult. After struggling to find good movies about one of my favourite eras to learn about, I finally decided to amass some of my absolute favourites for the others that are having the same problem as me.
My Boy Jack
The first one that I want to talk about is a pretty underrated movie called My Boy Jack. This is a British movie starring Daniel Radcliffe, David Haig, Kim Cattrail, and Carey Mulligan. It is about Rudyard Kipling and his 18 year old son, Jack, who goes off to fight during the first world war. He goes missing, and the family (Rudyard Kipling, his wife, and their daughter) searches for him. This is a beautifully shot movie, and it was so heartrending. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who is interested in this era, since it shows the war as well as the people left behind, and the costumes are perfectly accurate.
Testament of Youth
This is one of my favourite movies of all time. Based on Vera Brittains autobiography about her time as a nurse on the front lines, this movie has stunning choreography, beautiful costumes, as well as a gorgeous, horribly sad story line. It stars Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, and Colin Morgan. This is a movie that I have watched over and over again.
This is the only one that I have not seen out of this list, but I have heard and seen some great things about this mini series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Adelaide Clemens. It is about the relationship between a suffragette (Clemens), a British aristocrat (Cumberbatch), and his wife Sylvia. It is set over a number of years and is based off of the novel by Ford Maddox Ford.
I will forever love this TV series about the often forgotten ANZAC girls, or the nurses from New Zealand and Australia. Starting off in Egypt, the story line follows a few nurses through a few years of the war. This is based on a true story, and I absolutely loved every second of it.
I watched this one a while ago, but it still leaves a huge impact on me. The story is about a boy and his horse, who both end up being conscripted for the war. The story follows them both as they lose each other and find each other again. This is such a classic, and would recommend it to anyone.
The Crimson Field
The last one on my list, Crimson Field is a TV series about the nurses near the front in France. It talks about the challenges that these women faced, and I wish that they had been able to produce another season. If you liked Anzac Girls, you would also like this one, and vice versa.
If you have any recommendations, let me know! Im always on the lookout for new good period dramas
Definitely USUK! I know I am going to get flamed to hell for this but I can’t stand it for a bunch of reasons!
First is the age difference
Now the ages aren’t the biggest deal when it comes to immortal beings, especially when by the same token any nationXhuman relationship is pedophilic, but something about how England was a father figure to america as expressed in the show seems weird to me. Especially the concept of getting screwed by your “son”! Idk if this is just me, but as a rule of thumb if you changed their diapers you shouldn’t sleep with them. Picture source
Next is the historical inaccuracies that USUK fanfiction and fanart is prone to From America raping England during the revolutionary war, to him jumping at the chance to help England during the first world war. I mean seriously guys? Historically, America was never the center of England’s world, and neither was it the other way around. Though this is prone to happen in all ships, where another nation’s world is dictated by another nation, I find USUK can be the worst about abusing this. The worst of this in my book is a few fics I’ve found that show England rushing to America’s aide during the revolutionary war. Really?
For the Revolutionary War; America was fricking pissed, and so were his people! I mean, the colonies were angry enough to unite against a common enemy, which in case y’all didn’t know was really difficult. Most Americans, and likely including Alfred, believed in the Boston Massacre without a doubt. Looking at the famous drawing by Paul Revere, its easy to understand just how angry the colonists could be
For the American Civil War; Not only was England still spiteful over the revolution, he also wanted to ensure a weak America. This is just common sense! Wanting to ensure an enemy is weak is page one of the war book, and also the best way for England to ensure his people’s safety. He also never took actual part in the war; probably because the Great British Empire had other things on his mind than his long lost colony? Yeah, probably.
For WWI The US was very hesitant to become involved. As you can see with the cartoon below, it was a messy war! Europe was called a powder keg by the US because of how easy they dissolved into war and became problematic. To the US this was a foreign war, and one they shouldn’t care about. Europe’s problem. As Americans watched their loved ones die, they became spiteful to the whole of Europe in many ways, although the Lusitania does prove there may have been a little something going on between the personifications. From when the Lusitania was sunk, there is now quite a bit of evidence that the explosion from the torpedo was horribly spread by munitions the US was illegally shipping to England source, but still it was the Alimo of WWI as seen in the cartoon above.
For WWII Here is actually where I feel USUK is quite possible. Despite how the US drug its feet into becoming involved, Lend Lease with Kennedy’s famous speech about one’s neighbor’s house being on fire, chose sides for the US quite definitely source, but still then, England by far was not the only country helped as seen below. For USUK, despite the grittyness of the war where obviously there was likely no love blooming, there was a lot of US and English joint efforts for the war support. The British even enlisted US movie stars to search for German U2 rockets with the first 3D imaging! That being said, there was no possible way America was with England the whole time of the war. Between the US’ rush to find German Rocket Scientist Werner Von Braun and their plight in the pacific, I sincerely doubt the entire war was fought in France or Africa as some fanficitons would have you believe.
Next is how most USUK fans treat the Fourth of July celebration.
I have BEEN to the White House’s celebration and fireworks
(an example of which is below). I saw Bush in his pink shirt and everything. It is possibly the most american thing to ever american, yet most every fic I’ve seen about the fourth is filled with England crying and america comforting him. England isn’t an overly hormonal teenage girl and america kinda has better things to do like maybe the $675 million dollars to be made on firework sales alone this year? source imo America and England wouldn’t be hung up on this years later, or at least not let it show. They’re both big boys. Also, if you know anything about america politics, you know that Alfred would want to invite a beautiful woman with a nursing degree who is a part time model to any party he went to.
The USA and UK are still very different from each other Up until a few years ago, England still had a dedicated board for nobility. His royalty still very much exists, and despite how many young Americans recently have romanticized England’s Royalty, older Americans remember the tragedy that was Princess Dianna and the plight she went through to get her divorce, one of which many Americans sided with her on. Her photo below
Why is america always stereotypicaly dominant and suave? The US is very anti homosexuality compared to other nations, and much of this mentality is instilled in the same social group that fills our military. I find it quite hard to believe that the military based personification (based on how hima draws them) of the US would be willing to (in some Doujin and Fanfic cases) bully England into topping him, or at least calmly top without some discussion and communication beforehand. Navy has literally slept with men and told them “no homo” afterwards. There is that much of a bias against homosexuals, and while I’m all for representation I find it strange to just outright ignore the problem. Not only that, but anyone from outside the crazy would of tumblr and fangirls would be very much lost and confused by this. I don’t know about the rest of tumblr, but I try to write to a wider audience.
Why is England turned into a hormonal preteen girl? You know, once the UK was cornered by the Germans who had the world’s first rocket aimed right for them. You know what the British did? THEY INVENTED 3D IMAGING AND RADAR TO JUST BARELY NOT DIE! As much as my american heart hates to say it, the British are resourceful and damn near impossible to kill. Despite how they are now basically obsolete in capabilities compared to the other superpowers, the British still turn out technological advancements and pull crazy fucking shit out of their asses. If England himself was pressed against a wall by America, and didn’t want to be there, he would grAB THAT BITCH’S HAND TWIST IT BEHIND HIS BACK AND PIN HIM TO THE FLOOR. Bottoming doesn’t mean the character has to be weak, emotional, and moe. Also, why is he always crying and insecure? I understand you want to be able to relate to the character, but one should be able to put themself in the shoes of an adult man, a warrior, and a political force when writing a hetalia character, and understand that the personality of a teenage girl is not one he would poses, nor one that he cannonly possesses.
In the end? Its not so much USUK the concept that makes it my notp, it’s the fans and how they ship it.
Did I get my history wrong? Is there something you want to debate about? Please, reblog this or message me and I’ll be happy to listen and talk!
This doens’t encompass ask blogs since there is a vast amount of AUs and different circumstances
I’m not telling you to not ship USUK! If you like it them go ahead! I’m just explaining why I don’t like it.
APH America is who I was writing about. This doesn’t have to to with Navy, since if I was writing about navy i’d be writing about all the times he has killed England out of spite :p
Netflix introduces a new kind of superhero in the trailer for iBoy. Based
on the novel of the same name by Kevin Brooks, the Netflix original film
will debut on the streaming service on January 27.
Directed by Adam Randall (Level Up), the
British sci-fi/action movie stars
Bill Milner (X-Men: First Class), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Miranda Richardson (Sleepy Hollow), and Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful).
Tom is an average teenager whose world is turned on its head when a
violent encounter with local thugs leaves fragments of his shattered
smartphone embedded in his brain. He wakes from a coma to discover that
returning to normal teenage life is impossible because he has developed a
strange set of superpowers. With these new powers he sets out to seek
revenge on the gang, who also assaulted his best friend Lucy.
“My agent had told me that he was going to make me the Janet Gaynor of England - I was going to play all the sweet roles. Whereupon, at the tender age of thirteen, I set upon the path of playing nothing but hookers.”