If You Watch X Backwards, It's About Y

If You Watch X Backwards, It's About Y

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About

If You Watch X Backwards, It's About Y is a snowclone template often seen on online message boards, to change the narrative of a popular films using reverse chronology. It is used to highlight the hilarious or ridiculous aspects of the movie or comment on traditional cinematic and narrative conventions.

Origin

One of the earliest instances of flipping a movie's narrative appeared on the SomethingAwful forums[6] on May 20th, 2006 and linked on the Discarded Lies forum on May 21st, 2006.[5] The original post re-imagined Star Wars, Titanic, The Lord of the Rings, Batman Begins and Carry on Camping.


The Something Awful Forums > Main > General B------- > Backward Films -Films Backward Pages (5): 12 3 45 Next> Don't go POST CuriousSymptoms Jul 18, 2004 Ever wondered what happens when you play a film backwards? You get an entirely new film. For example Star Wars A rather large moon-sized spaceship suddenly appears in the vast depths of space and, to prevent it from disappearing again, a nice young man called Luke extracts a bomb from its central chambers. The space station re-assembles a disintegrated planet, saving its occupants, and slowly begins to dismantle itself as a group of rebels become more and more disorganised. The young man goes home to his farm Titanic Those Goddamn Rainbows Are At It Again An enormous iron ship surges up from the vast depths of the ocean in order to save a large number of people who are inexplicably, and somewhat foolishly, floundering in the water near an iceburg. It then kindly takes them back to Southampton. The Lord of the Rings A mentally challenged Hobbit overcomes his disability by retrieving his finger and a golden ring from the depths of a sinister volcano. They then travel through the countryside as we observe the journey of a band of adventurers who go around saving people by pulling swords out of them. The Hobbits spend the rest of their days in the peaceful idylls of the countryside Batman Begins Bruce Wayne, playboy millionaire and defender of the people, shuns his role as the masked crusader "Batman" in favour of international travel after cleaning the city of a mysterious fog and receiving no thanks in the procesS Carry On Camping A disparate group of people slowly dress themselves on a 1970s campsite Your turn Edit: My foolishness is surpassed only by my incomplete historical knowledge CuriousSymptoms f----- around with this message at May 20, 2006 around 10:13

Several months later, on January 3rd, 2007, the trope appeared in a question on Yahoo! Answers.[1] That June, YouTuber Bigshot210[2] uploaded an edited montage of Jaws arranged in reverse chronology. The description was nearly word for word from the Yahoo! Answers question, reading: "The story of a shark who throws-up humans until they open the beach." The video has since been removed due to a copyright claim by NBC Universal.

Spread

On February 20th, 2009, Redditor sixdoublefive321[3] posted a thread[4] using the Jaws line as the topic. Several people in the comments began posting their own versions of the snowclone and the thread eventually amassed over 3500 points overall. That year, more threads appeared on the Call of Duty forums[7], the xkcd forums[8], and 4chan's /b/ (random) board[15] and /v/ (video games) board.[16] Blogs including Unreality Magazine[9] and Popped Culture[10] also posted about the snowclone.


个If you watch the movie "Jaws' backwards, it's a movie about a shark that keeps throwing up people until they have to open a beach 1908 submitted 6 hours ago by sixdoublefive321 669 comments share sort by: hot▼ 200▼ 个norii-negri 594 points 6 hours ago [+] If you watch LOST backwards you realize it's the same thing as if you would watch if forward permalink reply mnanwithabadheart 512 points 6 hours ago [-) If you watch Heroes backwards you realise that it's been getting progressively better over time permalink parent reply 个meep-meep 217 points 5 hours ago [.] If you watch Friends backwards, Courtney Cox seems to get older somehow. I think it's the hair permalink parent reply 个jtq1 328 points 5 hours ago [-] If you watch House backwards, it's still never lupus permalink parent reply jetmalani 592 points 5 hours ago [+] If you watch Rambo backwards, it's Sylvester Stallone healing people with his magical bullet vacuum. permalink parent reply alexs 184 points 5 hours ago [+] And repairing helicopters with nothing but a bow and arrow permalink parent reply 个smpx 318 points 4 hours ago [+] If you watch Fight Club backwards, you see Ed Norton turn from a crazy streetperson into a successful productive member of society permalink parent reply 个twistedcain 184 points 4 hours ago [+] If you watch the 1997 version of Episode Ⅳ backwards, Greedo shoots first permalink parent reply Highborn 324 points 4 hours ago [+] If you watch Memento backwards, it makes complete sense permalink parent reply 个Caspian×2 306 points 4 hours ago [+] If you watch the Lord of the Ring trilogy backwards, it's a saga about a little guy who gets a cool ring from a volcano and spends the rest of the films walking home permalink parent reply

In 2010, threads appeared on The Escapist[11] and Reddit.[12] A third Reddit thread[13] was posted on February 26th, 2011, eliciting additional instances. If You Watch X Backwards images and text posts were featured on Mental Floss[17], Laughing Squid[18], Buzzfeed[19], Funny or Die[20], Pop Hangover[21] and the Atlantic[22] in March 2011.

Single-Topic Blogs

In early 2011, several single topic blogs were launched to curate similar jokes in both image macros and text posts, including IYWIB.com[25], If You Watch It Backwards[14] and Watch It Backwards[23] on Tumblr, as well as @IfYouWatchItBackwards on Twitter.[24]

Notable Examples


IF YOU WATCH CINDERELLA BACKWARDS IT'S ABOUT A WOMAN WHO LEARNS HER PLACE IF YOU WATCH SHREK BACKWARDS TSABOUTANINSANE OGRE WHOKIDNAPS A MAN'S WIFE AND PUTS HERITOWER, ALIENATES HISFRIENDS AND WINDS UPLIVING ALONEINA SWAMP INA If you watch Reservoir Dogs backwards. It's about a bunch of zombies who like to give away Jewelry and then talk about it while drinking coffee.
If you watch Black Swan backwards, it's about a dancer who cures her insanity by sleeping with Mila Kunis. If you watch Final Destination backwards... it's about life reviving teens from gruesomedeaths anda magical explosion that createsa plane:
DAT IA If you watch Scarface back- wards, it's about a man who gives up cocaine and crime to follow his dream of becoming a dish- washer to earrn enough money s<o he can visit Cuba If you watch Hostel backwards, it's about a teamm of Frankenstein doctors who put together people using power tools, bring them to life and send them to America 뀜오. If you watch Batman Begins backwards, it'S about a lunatic who prances around in a bat suit till he's cured by being trapped in a well with hundreds of bats レ1A

Search Interest

Search for "If you watch X backwards" spiked in March 2011, the same month the single topic blog was created.

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If you play Legend of Zelda backwards its about a guy who runs away from an evil tyrant while losing his items a having less and less hearts until he doesn't realise he's a hero.

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