History Literature / TheRedTree2009

20th Mar '16 2:56:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* BechdelTest: Passes with flying colors.
30th Sep '15 1:03:52 PM Morgenthaler
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-->I seem to have been afflicted with some unprecedented calm, something that settled over me while I was upstairs and which shows no signs of abating. Again, I know we're running counter to the received wisdom, in which our heroine, having glimpsed some unspeakable atrocity, parts ways with her sanity (at least for a time) and runs screaming into the night. Perhaps it's only that those sorts of books and movies are, too often, made by people who have never, themselves, stood at this threshold. Even Catherine ran screaming, that sunstroke day at ''[[SuddenlyLastSummer Cabeza de Lobo]]''. Couldn't I at least be as weak as poor Catherine?

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-->I seem to have been afflicted with some unprecedented calm, something that settled over me while I was upstairs and which shows no signs of abating. Again, I know we're running counter to the received wisdom, in which our heroine, having glimpsed some unspeakable atrocity, parts ways with her sanity (at least for a time) and runs screaming into the night. Perhaps it's only that those sorts of books and movies are, too often, made by people who have never, themselves, stood at this threshold. Even Catherine ran screaming, that sunstroke day at ''[[SuddenlyLastSummer ''[[Theatre/SuddenlyLastSummer Cabeza de Lobo]]''. Couldn't I at least be as weak as poor Catherine?
19th Aug '15 9:42:52 AM TrustBen
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* WriteWhoYouKnow: Sara is a lesbian author in her forties, much like the author.
19th Dec '14 3:23:02 PM efay
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* NightmareFetishist: Amanda made custom artwork on commission from such people. Her specialty can best be described as "photographing what cannot be photographed."
19th Dec '14 3:09:51 PM efay
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* MindScrew

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* MindScrewMindScrew: It's really impossible to tell what's real and what isn't.



* PsychologicalHorror: Sara's mental state plays a huge role in the novel, especially since it leads both the reader and herself to doubt her perceptions.

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* PsychologicalHorror: Sara's increasingly unstable mental state plays a huge role in the novel, especially since it leads both the reader and herself to doubt her perceptions.novel.
19th Dec '14 3:07:48 PM efay
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* EldritchAbomination: Sara becomes convinced the titular tree is actually some kind of primordial evil that's taken the form of an oak. See below.

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* EldritchAbomination: Sara becomes convinced Sara's perception of the titular tree is actually some kind seems heavily influenced by her knowledge of primordial evil that's taken the form of Lovecraft and [[Creator/ArthurMachen Machen]] (particularly ''Literature/TheGreatGodPan'', which also features an oak. See below.abomination taking earthly form).



%%* HauntedHeadquarters



%%* PsychologicalHorror

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%%* PsychologicalHorror* PsychologicalHorror: Sara's mental state plays a huge role in the novel, especially since it leads both the reader and herself to doubt her perceptions.



* UltimateEvil: The tree, according to Sara:
-->. . . [The tree] seemed, in that moment, to have sloughed off whatever guise or glamour usually permitted it to pass for only a very old, very large oak. Suddenly, I felt, with sickening conviction, I was gazing through or around a mask, that I was being allowed to do so that I might at last be made privy to this grand charade. I saw wickedness. I could not then, and cannot now, think of any better word. I saw wickedness dressed up like a tree, and I had very little doubt that it saw me, as well. . . And I knew, if I did not look away, and look away quickly, that what I saw would sear me, and I'd never find my way back to the house.
* UnreliableNarrator: Lampshaded. Sara notes in her entries that she's basically paraphrasing all of the dialogue she writes down from memory, which she admits isn't all that great (not to mention the fact that she ''might'' be going insane). She's also shown to be very familiar with the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, Creator/ArthurMachen, and related authors, and not to mention some of the dark folklore surrounding New England. She even drops the name of the trope:

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* UltimateEvil: The tree, according to Sara:
-->. . . [The tree] seemed, in that moment, to have sloughed off whatever guise or glamour usually permitted it to pass
Sara becomes convinced the tree is merely a mask for only a very old, very large oak. Suddenly, I felt, with sickening conviction, I was gazing through or around a mask, that I was being allowed to do so that I might at last be made privy to this grand charade. I saw wickedness. I could not then, and cannot now, think some primordial, malignant entity capable of any better word. I saw wickedness dressed up like a tree, and I had very little doubt that it saw me, as well. . . And I knew, if I did not look away, and look away quickly, that what I saw would sear me, and I'd never find my way back to the house.
searing her mind.
* UnreliableNarrator: Lampshaded. Sara notes in her entries that she's basically paraphrasing all of the dialogue she writes down from memory, which she admits isn't all that great (not to mention the fact that she ''might'' be going insane). She's also shown to be very familiar with the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, Creator/ArthurMachen, Lovecraft and related authors, and not to mention some of the dark folklore surrounding New England. She even drops the name of the trope:
19th Dec '14 2:03:49 PM efay
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* EldritchAbomination: Sara becomes convinced the titular tree is actually some kind of primordial evil that's taken the form of an oak.

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* EldritchAbomination: Sara becomes convinced the titular tree is actually some kind of primordial evil that's taken the form of an oak. See below.


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* UltimateEvil: The tree, according to Sara:
-->. . . [The tree] seemed, in that moment, to have sloughed off whatever guise or glamour usually permitted it to pass for only a very old, very large oak. Suddenly, I felt, with sickening conviction, I was gazing through or around a mask, that I was being allowed to do so that I might at last be made privy to this grand charade. I saw wickedness. I could not then, and cannot now, think of any better word. I saw wickedness dressed up like a tree, and I had very little doubt that it saw me, as well. . . And I knew, if I did not look away, and look away quickly, that what I saw would sear me, and I'd never find my way back to the house.
19th Dec '14 12:20:11 PM efay
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* EldritchAbomination: Sara becomes convinced the titular tree is some primordial evil that's taken the form of an oak.

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* EldritchAbomination: Sara becomes convinced the titular tree is actually some kind of primordial evil that's taken the form of an oak.
19th Dec '14 11:02:35 AM efay
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* CreepyBasement: It's got a wall full of occult symbols and no one ever determines quite how big it really is. [[Spoiler:Constance tries and ends up traumatized by something she can't remember]].

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* CreepyBasement: It's got a wall full of occult symbols and no one ever determines quite how big it really is. [[Spoiler:Constance [[spoiler:Constance tries and ends up traumatized by something she can't remember]].
19th Dec '14 11:02:13 AM efay
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* CreepyBasement: It's got a wall full of occult symbols and no one ever determines quite how big it really is. [[Spoiler: Constance tries and ends up traumatized by something she can't remember]].

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* CreepyBasement: It's got a wall full of occult symbols and no one ever determines quite how big it really is. [[Spoiler: Constance [[Spoiler:Constance tries and ends up traumatized by something she can't remember]].
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