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Black is the Colour

Posted on 2007.03.03 at 00:13

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sylvanwitch
sylvanwitch at 2008-01-06 04:44 (UTC) (Link)
I'm taking these slowly and really considering them because they're each the sort of gift one wants to enjoy the unwrapping of and not just rip through, yes?

Yes.

This is just breathtaking in its simplicity of form and absolutely insidious in the application of love tropes to Sam and Dean. In the original version, the color of the beloved's eyes is celebrated; here, it's grieved. In the original form, the poet embraces the hyperbolic ideals of love, such as loyalty, tenderness, beauty, passion. Here, you embrace those qualities most signifying Sam but you do so with the bitterest of rue, for if Sam's eyes are black, well, we all know the truth, then, don't we? And what makes this the most ironic of application of form and function is that the expected fidelity of the speaker is still adhered to in this case, despite knowing that Dean's fidelity to Sam in his current state is not only self-destructive but quite possibly murderous-by-accessory.

You are ridiculously brilliant, luv. Bravo!
Corvus Imbrifer
corvus_imbrifer at 2008-01-08 02:11 (UTC) (Link)
You're working your way backwards, and if I've improved over time, (and I hope I have) it may dampen your enthusiasm. But there's not that much left to work through.

So I heard this done as a club dance tune right around the time of 'Bad Sign', and it just happened. Uncharacteristically I did not, unconsciously perhaps, consider the identity of the speaker. It isn't Jo, because even with the vastly improved characerization they allowed Ms Tal to give us, BLECH. Nor would it be Sarah Blake, who is made of sterner stuff. Perhaps I was thinking of the legions of swooning fangirls who finally (finally) recognized what some of us had known all along: Padalecki has it. Who wouldn't come back from the dead just so he could kill them again?

But Dean, you say? Now there's a thought. It hadn't occurred to me one way or the other. There's nothing to preclude that reading, is there? I retained some of the original language, including the references to the physical, but that's not an obstacle. Just informed differently depending on how you view their physicality...

Again it hardly seems fair to take credit for basic wordsmithing when Padalecki has done all the heavy lifting.

Thanks!
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