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12:31:35 PM Sep 3rd 2010
edited by berr
These are the YKTTWs that were done in a (possible future) split that didn't go anywhere:
12:34:09 PM Sep 3rd 2010

YKTTW: Stock Seasons

In US schools, kids are taught early on to distinguish the four stock seasons by what happens every month: snowstorms in December, windy March, April Showers, May Flowers, falling leaves in October, etc. In reality, this is only true in temperate parts of the world (Northeastern US, Britain, parts of China and Japan) that have a "standard" four-season climate. Other parts of the world that are tropical jungle, tropical highlands, Mediterranean climate, or even the Pacific Northwest have an entirely different set of seasons in Real Life. Nevertheless, the four stock seasons are the ones that will appear in any work where the seasons need to be distinguished.

Standard Four Season Climate (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) may be employed as a device. Or else a close-up on falling leaves, snow, flowers, etc. will be used as a motif to establish what time of the year it is. Compare Blade Of Grass Cut.

The opposite of It's Always Spring.

Active use of the "four seasons" to show the passage of time in a story is called Seasonal Montage.

Compare Temporal Theme Naming, Dreaming of a White Christmas. See also Indian Summer.

Alternate Title: April Showers May Flowers

Use of the Stock Seasons as a Motif only. For Use as a Montage, see Seasonal Montage.


12:34:37 PM Sep 3rd 2010
edited by berr

YKTTW: Seasonal Montage

In most media, either It's Always Spring whenever it isn't Arctic Winter, or else there will be Four Stock Seasons — regardless of the climate the work is set in.

This will often be done as a Seasonal Montage: Active use of the "four seasons" to show the passage of time in a story.

For use as a motif (simply illustrating the stock season the work is set in), see Four Stock Seasons.

The opposite of where It's Always Spring.

Subtrope of Stock Seasons, Time Passes Montage.

Compare Dreaming of a White Christmas, Indian Summer.


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