What’s Up is Down – A Topsy Turvy World

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I mentioned to someone the other day that I felt like I was living in some weird – not to mention never ending – version of Bakhtin’s Carnival.

You can read something about that at its Wikipedia page (which I don’t recommend as anything except a starting off point…)

And if you like Poppy Z. Brite’s Exquisite Corpse (which is a tough read on a good day, and one of only two books to ever turn my stomach. The other was Jack Ketchum’s Off Season, which was the first horror book I read as a kid.) I have an article available – Eat, Drink, and be Merry for Tomorrow You May Die: Bakhtin’s Carnival in Poppy Z. Brite’s Exquisite Corpse – if that’s something of interest.

Anyway, that thought brought me to the idea of dichotomies (mostly because my mind wanders in mysterious ways… lol) – something I briefly mentioned in a previous post – #TeaserTuesday | The Better Judge of Character. I love pairing two polar opposites, because the effects of doing so can create the most memorable scenes.

The top three on my list…

are from the pilot episode of Pushing Daisies (which didn’t run nearly long enough). The two seasons are available to watch on the CW Seed app, I believe) and two from The Walking Dead.

Pushing Daisies – I still remember my reaction when I watched this when it first aired – I loved the color over saturation and the bright beautiful sunny day – it’s the perfect counterpoint to both the subject matter of the show and what happens in the first two minutes – I won’t spoil it. 🙂

The two Walking Dead scenes do the same thing using music – bright, cheery songs which take on a whole new meaning when paired with the darkness of the show. Honestly, it’s scenes like these which keep me watching, because I never quite know when they’re going to show up…


I’m sure there are a million examples of such pairings. Which scenes come to mind for you?

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