Who wore it better?
If emison was one of your first femslash ships you deserve reparations that shit was toxic in the beginning
Probably one of the coolest pieces of tv show memorabilia I own
Had to make a whole post just to talk about Alison’s little smirk after she makes that “it used to be a little easier to tell us apart” comment to Hanna (and clearly sees Hanna’s disturbed reaction to it) because holy hell that was such a bitch move and no it cannot be justified by saying that “she went through a lot” or “she was trying to be a better person”
alison: where have you been? i’ve been trying to call you all day.
mona: oh, what a coincidence. i’ve been trying to ignore you all day.
You wouldn’t know it from my poor promotion of it (last time I promoted we were at Chapter 15), but we’re at Chapter 30 in The Dawn of Autumn.
In this pivotal chapter, Over the Edge, Emily and Alison decide to play “Nancy Drew” and…well…things happen. We’re nearing the end, so of course things are reaching a boiling point.
Thanks for all of the support. Don’t know that I would still be writing PLL if it wasn’t for the wonderful little family I’ve found doing this. Appreciate ya.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done an in-depth analysis like this, but after editing this scene for a recent video and watching this clip a million times, I need to talk to you all about how masterfully directed all of the Liars’ reactions in this little two second moment are, when the popular boys roll up at the start of the Halloween episode. (Sorry for the potato quality, I had to zoom in quite a bit.)
First we have Ali, who of course is cool as a cucumber. She’s clearly pleased at the guys’ arrival, but she smiles at them the way you would friends who you’re also mildly amused by. She’s the only one who stays totally calm and collected, which makes sense - she’s Ali D. Of course she’s friends with the popular guys (some of whom must have been older, considering you can’t drive as a freshman in high school). She knows they really only care about her and she owns it.
Then, all the way on the other end, there’s Spencer. Notice how she immediately looks at behind the other girls at Alison to gauge her reaction to the guys pulling up. She then attempts to play it cool by copying Ali’s demeanor - hands to her sides, hip out, playing it cool. It’s that same competitive streak that proved to be one of Spencer’s major traits and, arguably, flaws. She wasn’t about to let Ali be the only one who wasn’t affected by the guys’ presence: “See? I’m just as cool as she is.” Of course, the giddiness in her face gives her away - she’s not the natural that Ali is.
Next we have Hanna. She has the same instant giddiness and interest on her face as Spencer, but the most interesting and specific thing about her reaction is what she does at the very end of the clip - tugging her cardigan further in front of her chest. Just in that small moment, all of Hanna’s insecurities regarding her weight come to light. Even amidst her excitement, she still pauses to remember to try and conceal her stomach.
Aria’s reaction is perhaps the most obvious. Notice that she’s the only one of the girls who doesn’t smile once as the guys pull up. While Spencer and Hanna are just thrilled to be in the presence of the “cool” guys, Aria veers far more into the side of full-on nerves, because that car also includes Noel, the boy she specifically has a crush on. Her response to their appearance is far more anxious because she has a more personal connection to them than any of the others.
And finally, Emily. There is a noticeable difference between Emily’s reaction and the reactions of the other girls. She seems startled by Hanna forcing her way between her and Aria to get a better look at the guys, but there’s almost an annoyance to her posture. As the car pulls up, you can see her face visibly fall - as the other girls’ smiles grow, hers drops into an expression of what seems to be disappointment. It’s only once she takes in the expressions of Hanna, Aria, and Spencer and senses their excitement that she turns to Ali and forces a smile of her own, albeit one that seems far more hesitant that the others. Of course Emily wouldn’t be excited about the arrival of the popular guys. Not only was she unaffected by their looks, but Noel and Ali’s friendship was flirtatious, to say the least. That likely combination of jealousy and annoyance at the boys interrupting Emily’s time with Ali and her friends was quickly hidden as Emily realized that she needed to fake the same excitement as her friends in order to fit in properly.
So there’s a longer essay than you probably ever wanted to read about a clip that is, at most, two seconds, but it’s just wild to me how many little details could be packed into just one tiny moment. As you watch the above, slowed down gif, focus on each girl each time - you’ll see what I mean!
Alison DiLaurentis & Emily Fields
Miss Me x 100 | Pretty Little Liars
I’ve always found crazy how much parallels there are between Brunol/Emison and more specifically Pol/Alison. I mean they both:
- Are bisexual
- Are blonde
- Were the crushes of their closeted gay friends
- Were in denial about their sexuality and about having feelings for said friends despite kissing(or more) with them
- Were the most popular in school
- Had strong and captivating personalities
- Were considered troubled and problematic
- Didn’t have lasting relationships or felt truly in love with the people they dated before THE ONE
- Became teachers after a time jump
- Married said best friends who were in love with them
- Got a spinoff show(that didn’t work out much, let’s just keep it at that)
PLL thoughts so far:
I loveeee Hanna and Caleb together, Sean is kind of vanilla and doesn’t really get her. Haleb is so good together and I was so so mad at Caleb when we found out he had been a spy for Jenna. I totally understood why Hanna couldn’t trust him again at first, but I’m so proud of her for leaning into him.
Sheesh can Ezra and aria just break up already they’re obviously toxic and she needs someone her own age. Plus Ezra isn’t even that special
I really didn’t see Spencer and Toby coming, but I totally ship them!!! They are adorable together, they balance each other out, they always support each other. I get that Spencer broke up with Toby to protect him, but Toby can take care of himself girl! I really relate to Spencer so I totally understand her family situation too.
GOOOO EMILY!!! So proud of her for always wanting to tell the truth, such a sweetie. I felt so bad for her when she was hurting and in the hospital and also broken up with.
Whoa hold up, Ali was getting A texts months before she died?! So creepy!! What if the twin story is real and she was the twin who stabbed the other one? I mean we saw the sanitarium car so…
- it’s miss DiLaurentis 💋
Halloween PLL collab #2 is now up!
We have 4 taken characters! Members can start posting starters! Starter tag bswstarter, also I’s love to see Hanna and Ali here