Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ABC Wednesday - G is for Ghosts


It's ABC Wednesday, and G is Ghosts for me.

Blue Girl in the Dark Forest, by Sugwon.

This is a delicate subject for many people. Those who don't believe in ghosts may get enraged by accounts made by the ones who believe them, and those who believe may get mad at those who don't share their belief - although it really doesn't matter, either way, as long as we respect different opinions. I personally love ghost stories, and my family has a few about encounters with them - who knows if they were real or not? ;)


We could go deeper and talk about emotional ghosts, the ones who haunt us from a past we insist on living in instead of moving on, or the ones who prevent us from fully living the present by blocking our self-esteem and balance, or those who haunt us from the distant lands of the future, when fears and insecurities come long before anything happens.

Whether you believe or not in the existence of ghosts, they're here to stay, at least in movies, books, songs and art. They're sometimes depicted with a gentler eye, when characters have an insightful, rewarding experience, but usually it's all about fears, sleepless nights, nightmares, goosebumps, looking-behind-over-shoulders.

I just wanted to share with you guys some favorite representations of supernatural appearances, in varied types of art.


The Ghost of Oyuki, by Maruyama Okyo, is a favorite, because it's lovely, with a peaceful feeling to it - legends say that Okyo once woke up in the middle of the night with the sensation of being watched. And there was this lovely ghost woman staring at him:


Alfred Kubin's art is subversive and maybe too disturbing for some tastes, and this piece always seemed very ghostly to me:

The Brown Lady is a famous supernatural photograph, among others - some are artificially altered so badly they become a joke. Regardless of its authenticity, I always loved this ethereal image:


There are lots of movies about ghosts that I love, and recently I watched a very moving Chinese flick with my sweetheart, called Rouge, about a lonely ghost played by Anita Mui. It's all I can say, to prevent spoilers, but if you like a beautiful, delicate love story, check it out:


Of course, I watched Ghost Whisperer, the TV show starring Jennifer Love-Hewitt, following her hard times trying to help anguished spirits with unfinished matters. I used to cry my eyes out at the end of each episode, when she always managed to send the poor ghosts to the Light in the most touching ways.


And I finish this very long post with a poignant studio version of The Ghost of Tom Joad, performed by Bruce Springsteen...


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10 comentários:

Roger Owen Green said...

Both you AND your honey on a GHOST tour!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Nydia said...

Funny thing is that we had no idea of which word each other would write about. :)

Leslie: said...

My favourite movie about ghosts is "The Others" with Nicole Kidman. I could watch that one over and over.

Leslie
abcw team

Nydia said...

Oh, The Others is fantastic, I loved that too. :) Like Sixth Sense, when Shyamalan was really good. Two movies that gave me actual goosebumps...

Reader Wil said...

I love ghost stories and castles haunted by one or two ghosts .And where can you find a lot of them? Exactly! In Great Britain. That's why I liked reading the Harry Potter books! Great post! Did you also read M.R.James' Ghost Stories? My favourite ghost story, however, is "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens. I still hope that I onceshall see a ghost, and a nice one if possible.
Have a great ghostly week ;).
Wil, ABCW Team.

thewordtrance said...

My favourite ghost story will always be "Casper" :) Ha.. I am a kid at heart, still !!

Nydia said...

Wil, someday I'll have to go visit all the castles in Britain to see if I catch a ghost... ;)
And I haven't read this book yet, now it's on my to-read list!

Nydia said...

I used to watch Casper when I was a kid, and later, with my son. :)

Gattina said...

I agree with you, whether you believe in ghosts or not doesn't matter. I love ghost stories but so far have never met a ghost. Perhaps they don't like me :) !

Carver said...

I've loved ghost stories since childhood and also like films with an otherworldly element. Carver, ABC-W team