• What she says:"I'm fine."
  • What she means:"In It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the motif of water is utilized to display the gang's true selves that they typically attempt to hide. This can not only be clearly seen in The Gang Misses the Boat as well as The Gang Goes to Hell parts 1&2. But it also is shown subtly in Mac and Charlie: White Trash when Dennis and Dee realize that they are not as upper class as they had imagined as well as in Dennis' profoundly disturbing insinuations toward women in The Gang Buys a Boat and in The Storm of a Century."

Motifs don’t always become afghans or bags. Sometimes they become softies! @lottieandalbert is working on a Dino made from African flower motifs. I love the color palette! Keep the inspiration coming by using #bhooked I’ll keep sharing too!
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anonymous asked:

I really want to incorporate a lot of flower symbolism in my book, for example: My main character is associated with a black rose to symbolise her desire for revenge and loss of innocence. The country she lives in is famous for their flowers and their wide variety of them. Other characters include one being associated with an Acacia, which symbolises him having to hide feelings of love. How would I go about showing this?

I had to think about this one for a bit, so I’m sorry for the delay in response. Your question immediately reminded me of The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I haven’t read it myself, but I’ve heard mixed reviews of it. On the surface, it tells the story of a woman who connects with people through flowers and what flowers represent. If the idea of creating this vivid imagery and symbolism appeals to you, I definitely, definitely recommend giving this a read or a listen (I was given a personal rec for the audiobook version - the reader is apparently excellent). 


When it comes to any kind of symbolism, subtlety is going to be your best weapon. No one wants to read a story where they feel like the themes and symbols are being forced upon them. People enjoy books for their stories first and foremost, and when a reader is engaged in the story, they’re more apt to notice the more abstract techniques that you introduce. Symbols shouldn’t be something that every single reader sees - they should be used delicately enough that they enhance the story rather than complete it.

Unless you’re planning to have a character who is kind of like a flower diviner, or someone who sits at town fairs and evaluates a person and assigns them a flower, kind of like a fortune teller…unless your intention is to make it obvious like that and work it into the story, I would recommend working with it much lighter.

If the black rose symbol was the only one you were going to use, I would suggest simply putting them all over the place. They grow in unexpected places, or characters continually decorate with them, or they’re given as gifts often, and the fact that they’re everywhere turns them into a motif - and readers think about what black roses could represent, and they think about how that relates back to the story, which happens to be the main character’s desire for revenge. 

What I’m really saying here is - don’t tell readers that black roses represent revenge/loss of innocence. Create a character that embodies revenge/loss of innocence (as you’re doing), and then incorporate black roses heavily into the story.

As I said, if this was the only symbol you were using, I’d say stop there. But because you’re using lots of symbolism, it becomes difficult to blend the rest of your flower symbolism in seamlessly without muddling things. Difficult, but not impossible. 

I still recommend the tactic I just described, accepting that the black rose symbolism will be the most obvious and meaningful of the story. From there, you have to give readers information about all the other flowers you’re using and allow them to make the connections on their own. 

For example, why do acacias represent someone who hides their feelings? Where does that interpretation come from? Is it because they’re able to flourish in the shadows, unlike flowers that need the spotlight of the sun? I completely, absolutely made that up, but it’s a good example of how you need to approach this. You need to think in terms of what the flowers are actually doing that has them linked to these associations and have characters (or the narrator) describe them that way. Once a reader pieces out that the main character is symbolized by black roses, they’ll look at a description of acacias as “thriving in the shadows” as figurative language for another character, and if you’ve characterized that person well enough, a reader can make that association on their own. 

Ultimately, symbols add depth, but not content. Symbols can’t carry your plot, so as long as you recognize that and approach it that way, you should be fine. Let readers work out the symbols you’re creating on their own by giving them literal definitions of your symbols (how the flowers literally behave) and then develop a character that figuratively behaves the same way. 

I hope that somewhat helped you! I still recommend the Diffenbaugh novel if you’re more interested in an obvious approach to the symbolism, or perhaps that flower fortune teller character I concocted could have an interesting role in the plot. Otherwise, just keep it subtle :)

Let me know if you have any follow-up questions or need more help!



I wish I could do beautiful make up like this one TTwTT

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Just realised that I have no photos of him after make up. Andy has a “face” now ^^


‘The Pelican in her Piety’. It refers to the medieval fable of the pelican drawing blood from its own breast to feed its young. This image is used to symbolise Christ sacrificing himself on the cross to redeem the world’s sins.