Two soldiers from the first world war have gone viral on Twitter after someone wrote a gay love story, imagining the reason why they’re buried together.
Emil Mueller and Xavier Sumer names are painted next to each other’s tombstones under a cemetary of Sighisoara, a small city located in Transylvania, Romania.
The town is a tourist hotspot for being the birthplace of the real-life basis of fictional character Dracula, Vlad Dracula ‘The Imapaler’ Tepes.
A Madrid-based author may have turned the town into a romantic destination for those who are curious to see the locations stated in the story.
El otro día os prometí que os explicaría el misterio que se esconde tras esta lápida en la que reposan dos soldados del Imperio Austrohúngaro que lucharon y murieron en la I Guerra Mundial… y que fueron enterrados juntos. Hilo va. pic.twitter.com/rEdzwIN98k
— Guillem Clua (@guillemclua) November 22, 2018
Guillem Cua, who described himself as a dramaturgist, screenwriter, and director, saw Emil and Xavier’s grave while visiting the place in November.
After taking a few pictures, he began writing the story of the supposed lovers, imagining the reason behind their shared tombstone, connecting it to a forbidden gay relationship during at the time.
The original thread contains almost 200 posts which includes GIFs, videos, and photos. As Clua’s story goes on, people have been hooked, making the first tweet of the thread reach more than 24,000 retweets and 46,000 likes.
It was so interesting that another Twitter user have translated it into English.
a gay love story of the 1st world war’s year.
— [may]onesa. (@brendonsexual) December 7, 2018
But unfortunately, the story is fictional and only the photos of the tombstones are real. All the other elements are just made up.
He uploaded a statement on his website, sharing his thoughts and how the actual story is made up.
“Emil and Xaver have existed, yes. But only in the story that we have all shared did they love each other with the intensity that we would all like to experience. With their story I only wanted to shed a light on all the LGBT+ love stories that can never be told and that are condemned to oblivion.”
He further explained that he never intended to take advantage of people’s curiosity, but he understands if some felt cheated.
“My intention has never been to take advantage of people’s credulity. In fact, it would be nice if we all made the story of Emil and Xaver come true, turning this grave into a symbol for those who were not allowed to love each other and who deserved a better ending, together and in peace.
“And if some of you visit Sighisoara, leave some flowers in memory of the love stories that will never be told.”
With the recent controversy surrounding the GMA Network series Alyas Robin Hood, the term “public domain characters/story” has been brought to people’s consciousness. After the recently concluded Kapuso action drama series was highly criticized for allegedly being a rip-off of hit American TV series Arrow, its creative consultant and developer was quick to defend their story as an original spin-off of public domain character Robin Hood.
In an interview with an entertainment website and also through her clarification on her Facebook page, GMA Network’s Suzette Doctolero said Alyas Robin Hood is not a copy cat nor a rip-off of American TV drama Arrow because it was taken out of the story of Robin Hood which is a master plot or a public domain character.
This story has prompted The Dailypedia to look for characters or stories that fit the description “public domain characters/stories.” Here are 20 of the most famous public domain characters and or stories that we gathered.
1. Robin Hood
An English folklore, the earliest story of Robin Hood was dated back in the 1400s. His story is famous as the man who robs the rich to give to the poor. Known Pinoy-related stories include Titong Robin Hood (Movie) – 1965, Robin Good (Movie) – 1991, Robin Dude (TV Series – TV5) – 2013, Alyas Robin Hood (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2016
The secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega, a fictional character created in 1919 by Johnston McCulley. Known Pinoy-related stories include Tulume Alyas Zorro (Movie) – 1983, Zorro (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2009
Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker about the Vampire Count Dracula written in 1897. Known Pinoy-related stories include Darakula (Movie) – 1982, Huwag mong buhayin ang bangkay (Movie) – 1987
4. Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
The fictional character and protagonist in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Known Pinoy-related stories include 12 Kuba (Movie) – 1963, Kampanerang Kuba (Movie) – 1974,Kampanerang Kuba (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2005
5. Sleeping Beauty
One of the oldest fairy tales written by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, it involves a beautiful princess, a sleeping enchantment, and a handsome prince. Earliest version of the story is dated back to 1330 – 1344. Known Pinoy-related stories include “Nahihimbing na Kagandahan” – Mga Kwento Ni Lola Basyang (movie) – 1985.
6. The Little Mermaid
Story of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea and her mermaid identity to gain a human soul. It was first published in 1837. Known Pinoy-related stories include Marina (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2004, Marinara (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2004, Mutya (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2011, Aryana (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2012.
7. King Arthur
A lengendary British King who got into possession of a magical sword known as Excalibur. The story was said to be written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in 1130’s. Known Pinoy-related stories include Panday (TV Series – ABS-CBN) -2005, Panday (TV Series – TV5) -2016, Panday (Movies) – 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1993, 1998, 2009.
A middle eastern tale about an impoverished man who got his fortune from a genie inside a magic lamp. It is one of the most popular tales in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (“The Arabian Nights”), as was actually added to the collection in the 18th century by Frenchman Antoine Galland. Known Pinoy-related stories include Inday Bote (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2006, Inday Bote (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2015.
9. Romeo and Juliet
A tragic romance about two young lovers who belong to feuding families. It is one of the most popular works of William Shakespeare betweek 1591-1595. Known Pinoy-related stories include Got To Believe (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2013, Pangako Sa’yo (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2000, 2015, Villa Quintana (TV Series – GMA Network) – 1994, 2002 and 2013, Romeo and Juliet (Movie 2006), Imortal (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2010, Walang Hanggan (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2012.
One of the most celebrated children’s story, it is about the mischievous adventures of an animated marionette named Pinocchio created by his woodcarver “father”. Pinocchio is popular as the kid whose nose become longer whenever he lies. It was written in 1883 by Italian writer Carlo Collodi. Known Pinoy-related story includes Honesto (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2013.
A fictional gentleman thief, also a master of disguise created by French writer Maurice Leblanc in 1905. Known Pinoy-related stories include Lupin (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2007
One of the most popular fairy tales, it tells the story of an young girl who was oppressed by her step mother and step sisters and found her fortune with the glass slipper. The most popular version was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697. Known Pinoy-related stories include Tasya Fantasya (Movie) – 1994, Prinsesa ng Banyera (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2007, Tasya Fantasya (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2008, Grazilda (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2010, Be Careful with My Heart (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2012, Tasya Fantasya (TV Series – TV5) – 2016.
13. Beauty and the Beast
Another traditional fairy tale, it was written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740. It is a story of a young beautiful lady who fall in love with a beast. Known Pinoy-related stories include The Last Prince (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2010, Moon of Desire (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2014.
A fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first appeared in the novel Tarzan of the Apes in 1912. It’s about a man who grew up in the jungle under the care of apes. Known Pinoy-related stories include Starzan (Movie) – 1989.
15. Mowgli (The Jungle Book)
A fictional character in The Jungle Book story by Rudyard Kipling in 1894. The story focus on a child left by his parents in the jungle after a tiger attack. The kid was then taken care of by a family of wolf. Known Pinoy-related stories include Ula ang Batang Gubat (TV Series – IBC13) – 1990, Noah (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2010.
A German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm published in 1812. A story of a young girl who fall into sleep under the curse of an evil witch. It is also known for characters like the seven dwarfs and the magic mirror. Known Pinoy-related stories include Pinokyo and Little Snow White (Movie)- 1972, Snow White Lady and the Seven Ghosts (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2011.
17. Sarah (A Little Princess)
A children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett published in 1905. It is the story of Sarah Crewe, daughter of a wealthy widower who was enrolled in a boarding house in London under the care of Miss Minchin. Known Pinoy-related stories include Sarah Ang Munting Prinsesa (Movie) – 1995, Sarah Ang Munting Prinsesa (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2007
A German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm first published in 1812. It is the story of a lady with long hair trapped in a tower. That long hair is the one she let down to let her lover climb.
A character based on the Norse mythology God Thor. He’s known for his magical hammer which he used in fighting his enemies. He also has the ability of flight and weather manipulation.
20. Frankenstein’s Monster
An English novel by Mary Shelley in 1818 about a young scientist Victor Frankenstein who created a grotesque but sapient creature/monster.
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