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1st Apr '13 4:56:11 AM Xtifr
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-->"Its theme -- the operation of divine grace on a group of diverse but closely connected characters -- was perhaps presumptuously large, but I make no apology for it."
-->-- Creator/EvelynWaugh, ''Preface to the 1945 Edition''


''Brideshead Revisited'' is a 1945 novel by Creator/EvelynWaugh about the relationship/love-affair between Charles Ryder, a middle class man, and various members of an aristocratic, but decaying, family of English Roman Catholics; most notably the lovable, but [[TheAlcoholic dipso]], {{manchild}} Sebastian Flyte.

Made into a successful mini-series by ITV in 1981 starring JeremyIrons as Charles and AnthonyAndrews as Sebastian, and a feature film in 2008 with [[{{Film/Watchmen}} Matthew Goode]] and BenWhishaw in the roles.

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!!Provides examples of:
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The grown-up Cordelia is said to be quite unattractive in the book. In the series, now... [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that we only have Charles' word for her unattractiveness, and his obsession with aesthetics may well make him an UnreliableNarrator.
* TheAlcoholic: Sebastian, eventually.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Sebastian, but only because it's never outright stated - his preferences are pretty clear. Charles however, is more ambiguous and his homosexuality seems to be more of a youthful life-phase, than a life-style for him.
* BigFancyHouse
* {{Bishonen}}: Sebastian.
* {{Brick Joke}}: Early in the book, Mulcaster is involved in hazing of Anthony Blanche. He predicts that the men who did it will remember this while they live boring lives. Halfway through the book, Mulcaster brings up the incident.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Actually averted in the novel, where the distinctions between different kinds of Christianity are important to the plot. Oddly kind of inverted in the 2008 film, where the nominal Catholics behave more like Evangelicals.
* [[spoiler:CureYourGays:]] Very ambiguously implied when Rex mentions that the [[spoiler:sanitorium he plans to send Sebastian to treats sex cases as well as alcoholism.]] Lady Marchmain seems to miss this as she responds by wondering about the kind of company [[spoiler:Sebastian]] would have there.
* EnsignNewbie: Charles's WorldWarII Military service is hindered by the clumsy, but well meaning Lieutenant Hooper.
* EverybodySmokes: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] given the time period.
* EvilMatriarch: One interpretation of Lady Marchmain.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Played straight and then subverted - Charles initially is little more than an outside observer upon Sebastian and his family, but after the TimeSkip becomes the novel's proper protagonist.
* FlamboyantGay: Anthony Blanche
* GenteelInterbellumSetting
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Considering it was first published in 1945 the book gets away with an awful lot. No one batted an eyelid at the flamboyant Anthony Blanche, ambiguously gay main character Sebastian Flyte and the large amount of HoYay between him and Charles. (Unless you knew the real people they were thinly veiled fictionalizations of.)
* HeroicBSOD: Julia has one of these when Lord Brideshead calls her out on her adulterous relationship with Charles.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: The reason Charles and Cordelia keep giving Sebastian booze - he drinks because he's miserable and neither of them can stand to see him unhappy.
* {{Manchild}}: Sebastian is this, at least at the start. Complete with teddy bear.
* TheMistress
* [[MissingMom Missing Mum]]: Charles' mother passed away when he was young.
* ThePlan: Arguably played by God, of all people. [[spoiler:Almost all of the characters eventually find religion in the end, despite their attempts to run away]].
* SceneryPorn: The movie was filmed on location at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire. There are a lot of nice shots of Oxford and Venice, as well.
* SecondLove: Charles' first love is for Sebastian but when Sebastian becomes more distant due to his alcoholism problem, Charles--after an unhappy marriage--ultimately courts Sebastian's sister Julia (which turns out to be another ill-fated relationship). There are shades of the DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest here because Charles notes the striking similarity between Julia and her brother when he first encounters them. Towards the end of ''Brideshead Revisited'', Charles considers his feelings for Sebastian a sort of (homosexual) forerunner to his devotion to Julia.
* ToneShift: Most apparent in the 1981 adaption, where the first half of the series offers an almost nostalgic window into the lives (and loves) of aristocratic young Englishmen, whereas the second half of the series feels more like a very staid, cold analysis and commentary on religion.
* TriangRelations: In the 2008 movie, Sebastian has a thing for Charles, but the latter and Julia are in love. In the book and mini-series, Charles's relationship with Julia comes ten years after the friendship with Sebastian has ended and there are no signs of a love triangle.
* WackyFratboyHijinx
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic?
* YourCheatingHeart
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[[caption-width-right:250:Sebastian is gay and loves bears--and by that we ''don't'' mean [[TheBear oversized and very hairy males]] for once]]

-->"Its theme -- the operation of divine grace on a group of diverse but closely connected characters -- was perhaps presumptuously large, but I make no apology for it."
-->-- Creator/EvelynWaugh, ''Preface to the 1945 Edition''


''Brideshead Revisited'' is a 1945 novel by Creator/EvelynWaugh about the relationship/love-affair between Charles Ryder, a middle class man, and various members of an aristocratic, but decaying, family of English Roman Catholics; most notably the lovable, but [[TheAlcoholic dipso]], {{manchild}} Sebastian Flyte.

Made into a successful mini-series by ITV in 1981 starring JeremyIrons as Charles and AnthonyAndrews as Sebastian, and a feature film in 2008 with [[{{Film/Watchmen}} Matthew Goode]] and BenWhishaw in the roles.

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!!Provides examples of:
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The grown-up Cordelia is said to be quite unattractive in the book. In the series, now... [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that we only have Charles' word for her unattractiveness, and his obsession with aesthetics may well make him an UnreliableNarrator.
* TheAlcoholic: Sebastian, eventually.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Sebastian, but only because it's never outright stated - his preferences are pretty clear. Charles however, is more ambiguous and his homosexuality seems to be more of a youthful life-phase, than a life-style for him.
* BigFancyHouse
* {{Bishonen}}: Sebastian.
* {{Brick Joke}}: Early in the book, Mulcaster is involved in hazing of Anthony Blanche. He predicts that the men who did it will remember this while they live boring lives. Halfway through the book, Mulcaster brings up the incident.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Actually averted in the novel, where the distinctions between different kinds of Christianity are important to the plot. Oddly kind of inverted in the 2008 film, where the nominal Catholics behave more like Evangelicals.
* [[spoiler:CureYourGays:]] Very ambiguously implied when Rex mentions that the [[spoiler:sanitorium he plans to send Sebastian to treats sex cases as well as alcoholism.]] Lady Marchmain seems to miss this as she responds by wondering about the kind of company [[spoiler:Sebastian]] would have there.
* EnsignNewbie: Charles's WorldWarII Military service is hindered by the clumsy, but well meaning Lieutenant Hooper.
* EverybodySmokes: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] given the time period.
* EvilMatriarch: One interpretation of Lady Marchmain.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Played straight and then subverted - Charles initially is little more than an outside observer upon Sebastian and his family, but after the TimeSkip becomes the novel's proper protagonist.
* FlamboyantGay: Anthony Blanche
* GenteelInterbellumSetting
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Considering it was first published in 1945 the book gets away with an awful lot. No one batted an eyelid at the flamboyant Anthony Blanche, ambiguously gay main character Sebastian Flyte and the large amount of HoYay between him and Charles. (Unless you knew the real people they were thinly veiled fictionalizations of.)
* HeroicBSOD: Julia has one of these when Lord Brideshead calls her out on her adulterous relationship with Charles.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: The reason Charles and Cordelia keep giving Sebastian booze - he drinks because he's miserable and neither of them can stand to see him unhappy.
* {{Manchild}}: Sebastian is this, at least at the start. Complete with teddy bear.
* TheMistress
* [[MissingMom Missing Mum]]: Charles' mother passed away when he was young.
* ThePlan: Arguably played by God, of all people. [[spoiler:Almost all of the characters eventually find religion in the end, despite their attempts to run away]].
* SceneryPorn: The movie was filmed on location at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire. There are a lot of nice shots of Oxford and Venice, as well.
* SecondLove: Charles' first love is for Sebastian but when Sebastian becomes more distant due to his alcoholism problem, Charles--after an unhappy marriage--ultimately courts Sebastian's sister Julia (which turns out to be another ill-fated relationship). There are shades of the DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest here because Charles notes the striking similarity between Julia and her brother when he first encounters them. Towards the end of ''Brideshead Revisited'', Charles considers his feelings for Sebastian a sort of (homosexual) forerunner to his devotion to Julia.
* ToneShift: Most apparent in the 1981 adaption, where the first half of the series offers an almost nostalgic window into the lives (and loves) of aristocratic young Englishmen, whereas the second half of the series feels more like a very staid, cold analysis and commentary on religion.
* TriangRelations: In the 2008 movie, Sebastian has a thing for Charles, but the latter and Julia are in love. In the book and mini-series, Charles's relationship with Julia comes ten years after the friendship with Sebastian has ended and there are no signs of a love triangle.
* WackyFratboyHijinx
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic?
* YourCheatingHeart
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20th Jan '13 7:01:13 AM lexii
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* ToneShift: Most apparent in the 1981 adaption, where the first half of the series offers an almost nostalgic window into the lives (and loves) of aristocratic young Englishmen, whereas the second half of the series feels more like a very staid, cold analysis and commentary on religion.
9th Jan '13 11:51:42 PM PaulA
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-->-- EvelynWaugh, ''Preface to the 1945 Edition''


Brideshead Revisited is a 1945 novel by EvelynWaugh about the relationship/love-affair between Charles Ryder, a middle class man, and various members of an aristocratic, but decaying, family of English Roman Catholics; most notably the lovable, but [[TheAlcoholic dipso]], {{manchild}} Sebastian Flyte.

Made into a successful mini-series by ITV in 1981 starring JeremyIrons as Charles and AnthonyAndrews as Sebastian, and a feature film in 2008 with [[{{Film/Watchmen}} Matthew Goode]] and [[Series/TheHour Ben]] [[Film/SkyFall Whishaw]] in the roles.

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-->-- EvelynWaugh, Creator/EvelynWaugh, ''Preface to the 1945 Edition''


Brideshead Revisited ''Brideshead Revisited'' is a 1945 novel by EvelynWaugh Creator/EvelynWaugh about the relationship/love-affair between Charles Ryder, a middle class man, and various members of an aristocratic, but decaying, family of English Roman Catholics; most notably the lovable, but [[TheAlcoholic dipso]], {{manchild}} Sebastian Flyte.

Made into a successful mini-series by ITV in 1981 starring JeremyIrons as Charles and AnthonyAndrews as Sebastian, and a feature film in 2008 with [[{{Film/Watchmen}} Matthew Goode]] and [[Series/TheHour Ben]] [[Film/SkyFall Whishaw]] BenWhishaw in the roles.



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15th Nov '12 11:46:50 AM korpse_man
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Made into a successful mini-series by ITV in 1981 starring JeremyIrons as Charles and AnthonyAndrews as Sebastian, and a feature film in 2008 with Matthew Goode and Ben Whishaw in the roles.

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Made into a successful mini-series by ITV in 1981 starring JeremyIrons as Charles and AnthonyAndrews as Sebastian, and a feature film in 2008 with [[{{Film/Watchmen}} Matthew Goode Goode]] and Ben Whishaw [[Series/TheHour Ben]] [[Film/SkyFall Whishaw]] in the roles.



* EnsignNewbie: Charles's WorldWarII Military service is hindered by the clumsy, but well meaning Lieutenant Hooper.



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10th Jul '12 9:36:52 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ThePlan: Arguably played by God, of all people. [[spoiler:Almost all of the characters eventually find religion in the end, despite their attempts to run away]].



* XanatosGambit: Arguably played by God, of all people. [[spoiler:Almost all of the characters eventually find religion in the end, despite their attempts to run away]].
7th Jun '12 9:25:34 AM Catbert
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* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Played straight and then subverted - Charles initially is little more than an outside observer upon Sebastian and his family, but after the TimeSkip becomes the novel's proper protagonist.



* TheIshmael: Played straight and then subverted - Charles initially is little more than an outside observer upon Sebastian and his family, but after the TimeSkip becomes the novel's proper protagonist.
16th Apr '12 5:30:57 AM lexii
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Sebastian, but only because it's never outright stated - his preferences are pretty clear. Charles however, is more ambiguous and his homosexuality seems to be more of a youthful life-phase, than a life-style for him.



6th Mar '12 1:21:33 PM skazka
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Considering it was first published in 1945 the book gets away with an awful lot. No one batted an eyelid at the flamboyant Anthony Blanche, ambiguously gay main character Sebastian Flyte and the large amount of HoYay between him and Charles.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Considering it was first published in 1945 the book gets away with an awful lot. No one batted an eyelid at the flamboyant Anthony Blanche, ambiguously gay main character Sebastian Flyte and the large amount of HoYay between him and Charles. (Unless you knew the real people they were thinly veiled fictionalizations of.)
28th Jan '12 6:27:40 AM Myra
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22nd Jan '12 7:42:00 AM chardonnay
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* HoYay: The intensity of Charles and Sebastian's relationship were vague in the book but purposely amped up for the movie. The miniseries made it very obvious.
** Blanche and Sebastian are even worse.
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