History YMMV / TheLegendOfSleepyHollow

22nd Jun '17 10:43:57 AM Gosicrystal
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* HilariousInHindsight : Mr. Irving at times admits he made stuff up, a lot of trivia researchers may try to sway people otherwise but there are certainly a lot of eerie coincidences found in later years around this area that could make one of to think otherwise, but it's more likely they are [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting nothing but hilarious coincidences]].

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* HilariousInHindsight : HilariousInHindsight: Mr. Irving at times admits he made stuff up, a lot of trivia researchers may try to sway people otherwise but there are certainly a lot of eerie coincidences found in later years around this area that could make one of to think otherwise, but it's more likely they are [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting nothing but hilarious coincidences]].
22nd Jun '17 10:43:42 AM Gosicrystal
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* HilariousinHindsight : Mr. Irving at times admits he made stuff up, a lot of trivia researchers may try to sway people otherwise but there are certainly a lot of eerie coincidences found in later years around this area that could make one of to think otherwise, but it's more likely they are [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting nothing but hilarious coincidences]].

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* HilariousinHindsight HilariousInHindsight : Mr. Irving at times admits he made stuff up, a lot of trivia researchers may try to sway people otherwise but there are certainly a lot of eerie coincidences found in later years around this area that could make one of to think otherwise, but it's more likely they are [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting nothing but hilarious coincidences]].
22nd Jun '17 10:43:31 AM Gosicrystal
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* HilariousinHindsight : Mr. Irving at times admits he made stuff up, a lot of trivia researchers may try to sway people otherwise but there are certainly a lot of eerie coincidences found in later years around this area that could make one of to think otherwise, but it's more likely they are [[AccidentallyAccurate nothing but hilarious coincidences]].

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* HilariousinHindsight : Mr. Irving at times admits he made stuff up, a lot of trivia researchers may try to sway people otherwise but there are certainly a lot of eerie coincidences found in later years around this area that could make one of to think otherwise, but it's more likely they are [[AccidentallyAccurate [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting nothing but hilarious coincidences]].
26th Apr '17 7:09:13 PM WanderingBrowser
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** An actual canon case of this is in the 1999 CGI film "The Night of the Headless Horseman"; here, Katarina, usually depicted as more or less an innocent caught up in the LoveTriangle, is quite blatantly revealed to be egging on both Brom and Ichabod for her own amusement, waiting to see who will ultimately prove worth keeping.



* ValuesDissonance: A modern reader would likely find Ichabod and Brom both equally unsympathetic. A gold digger, and a bully. Throw in the hints that Katrina was just manipulating both of them, and you could very well end up with DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.

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* ValuesDissonance: A modern reader would likely find Ichabod and Brom both equally unsympathetic. A Ichabod's essentially a sneering, self-important, arrogant, mooching gold digger, and Brom Bones is a thuggish, anti-intellectual bully. Throw in the hints that Katrina was just manipulating both of them, and you could very well end up with DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.
31st Mar '17 7:46:44 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Brom Bones a vindictive bully who played a nasty trick on a harmless, lovestruck nerd, or a down-home, all-American good ol' boy who gave just desserts to a venal, manipulative coward? There is a strong modern trend to make Ichabod Crane be actually a heroic character, while Brom Bones is regarded as at best a JerkJock -- which are both far from Irving's intention to have Bones be the hero and Ichabod a superstitious wimpy moocher AssholeVictim.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Brom Bones a vindictive bully who played a nasty trick on a harmless, lovestruck nerd, or a down-home, all-American good ol' boy who gave just desserts to a venal, manipulative coward? There is a strong modern trend to make Ichabod Crane be actually a heroic character, while Brom Bones is regarded as at best a JerkJock -- which are both far from Irving's intention to have Bones be the hero and Ichabod a superstitious wimpy moocher AssholeVictim.



*** For that matter, even if it ''was'' Brom, did he really just scare Crane off, or use the locals' belief in the Horseman to get away with a much darker manner of disposing of his rival?

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*** For that matter, even if it ''was'' Brom, did he really just scare Crane off, or use the locals' belief in the Horseman to get away with [[MurderTheHypotenuse a much darker manner of disposing of his rival?rival]]?



* HilariousinHindsight : Mr. Irving at times admits he made stuff up, a lot of trivia researchers may try to sway people otherwise but there are certainly a lot of eerie coincidences found in later years around this area that could make one of to think otherwise, but it's more likely they are nothing but hilarious coincidences.

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* HilariousinHindsight : Mr. Irving at times admits he made stuff up, a lot of trivia researchers may try to sway people otherwise but there are certainly a lot of eerie coincidences found in later years around this area that could make one of to think otherwise, but it's more likely they are [[AccidentallyAccurate nothing but hilarious coincidences.coincidences]].
21st Feb '17 9:28:26 AM hullflyer
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** Some food for thought here on both sides of the argument. Earlier in the text it is said the Horsemen is riding looking for his head. Meaning he doesn't have a head. When Ichabod sees the Horsemen he believes he is carrying a head that he throws at him. Afterwards a smashed pumpkin is found - all of this seems to indicate Brom dressed as the Horsemen to scare Ichabod off.
*** However let's also remember something here, the Headless Horseman has no head, meaning he has no eyes. He certainly can't see too well if he was real. The pumpkin is seemingly used as a projectile, which it succeeds in getting Ichabod off his horse. This is a pretty good soldier like move, something the Horsemen was. And after all his head was taken off by a projectile himself!

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** Some food for thought here on both sides of the argument. Earlier in the text it is said the Horsemen Horseman is riding looking for his head. Meaning he doesn't have a head. When Ichabod sees the Horsemen Horseman he believes he is carrying a head that he throws at him. Afterwards a smashed pumpkin is found - all of this seems to indicate Brom dressed as the Horsemen Horseman to scare Ichabod off.
*** However let's also remember something here, the Headless Horseman has no head, meaning he has no eyes. He certainly can't see too well if he was real. The pumpkin is seemingly used as a projectile, which it succeeds in getting Ichabod off his horse. This is a pretty good soldier like soldier-like move, something the Horsemen Horseman was. And after all all, his own head was taken off by a projectile himself!projectile!
1st Nov '16 5:23:17 AM Prinzenick
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* BreakoutVillain: The Horseman only had a very brief scene in the already short story just near the end, and it's implied that it might not even be a real ghost. In spite of this, the sheer mystique and inherent scariness behind the character ended up making it a horror icon on par with Literature/{{Dracula}} and Literature/{{Frankenstein}}, with numerous movie adaptations and modern day takes on the character coming out in the years since Washington Irving's story was published.
31st Oct '16 4:41:25 PM Prinzenick
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* SignatureScene: The climatic chase scene is by far the most famous part of the story.
31st Oct '16 4:40:19 PM Prinzenick
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* BreakoutVillain: The Horseman only had a very brief scene in the already short story just near the end, and it's implied that it might not even be a real ghost. In spite of this, the sheer mystique and inherent scariness behind the character ended up making it a horror icon on par with Literature/{{Dracula}} and Literature/{{Frankenstein}}, with numerous movie adaptations and modern day takes on the character coming out in the years since Washington Irving's story was published.
31st Oct '16 4:38:00 PM Prinzenick
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* OneSceneWonder: The story isn't even 30 pages long, and Ichabod's entire encounter with the Horseman only lasts ''1 and a half pages''.

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* OneSceneWonder: The story isn't even 30 pages long, and Ichabod's entire encounter with the Horseman only lasts ''1 and a half pages''.pages''--but its also the most memorable part of the whole tale.
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