16/07/2010

RA FRIDAY - A TIP , PLEASE , RICHARD?

Welcome to my weekly RA rambling. More rambling than ever  in this hot weather! I hope you can forgive me. And when  I sound too cryptic ,  just look at the pictures!

1. A tip, please!

I've had very little time to enjoy RA moments this  week. After a great weekend in Rome for the Fiction Fest including Strike Back screening, I started summer courses at school and ...summer exploded!
This hot,  wet weather knocks me down. My will is completely annulled and my strength totally reset to zero. I so much prefer cool weather, it makes me feel livelier and more energetic … and even smarter. I feel thick and stupid as thinking is a such an effort to me these days! Exaggerating? Not at all. I’m working but early in the morning,  fortunately. I couldn’t bear to give my lessons, otherwise.

Well, I wouldn't be able to  do it, more precisely. Sweating and suffering like this,  I started wondering… “the lovely man must have such strong will”! Do you remember Richard telling about shooting the first two series of Robin Hood clad in black leather in Hungary in summer ? I can barely imagine what he had to suffer! Then in South Africa playing John Porter? How did he find the strength to act, horse-ride, sword –fight, run with a huge gun in his arm, jump and fall, and so on? Strong will must he have. I’d ask him for tips to resist and react but … he’s better engaged now. He’s probably on holidays. A tip, please, Richard?

2. Spreading the love

Lunarossa surrendered to John Thornton's charm. And she says I am to blame! (Read her post here) What did I do? I ‘ve just been writing about my interests on my blog for a couple of years . Among my interests, Victorian literature,Mrs Gaskell, period drama , hence … RA!!! I bet enthusiasm can be contagious. But what of the said interests convinced lunarossa to watch N&S and then to read Gaskell’s novel? Mmmm… I didn’t ask her.


As for me, instead, I did everything myself a couple of years ago. Nobody to blame. Nobody introduced me to N&S , nor warned me against the risks I was running ordering that DVD from Amazon to use it in my lessons… Not that I complain, mind you.
As I’ve often said, RA’s world has remarkably enriched and enliven my life as well as to follow his career has become one of the most enjoyable passtimes in my otherwise dull & serious , hard - working life. A very pleasant game.
So, lunarossa discovered N&S , JT and RA thanks to me?!? I’m proud of spreading the love, though only to just one more.

3. “Maria(n)? What is this all about?”



Yeah! This is what I was thinking of! But I'm going to discuss ... different matters!


I'm sure you've heard. All that frenzy. Rumors. Spooks forum’ s on fire. Blogs and sites  franticly discussing the same issue all over  … clips on Ututbe  (here  & here but beware there are spoilers for series 9) … hypothesis, suppositions, guesswork, anger , anxiety. I simply want to stay out from all that . I want to keep a detached attitude .
I told myself: "Think about this! Didn’t we overcome and survive Lee’s flirty games, Paul’s lies and betrayal, Guy’s  ultimate crime of passion  and unfair death (oh, Guy.. we miss you!) , John Mulligan’s deceiving charm, Percy’s gambling and his  lascivious habits, Lovelace’s mischievous behaviour and vile rape, John Porter ‘s  missions to kill "?
Richard with  his career has made us strong enough to bear other betrayals and forgive his characters for their flaws and even crimes! We are ready to find the good in them as much as he usually does. We are not going to forgive Spooks scriptwriters, though!
Analyzing the roles he played in his career, apart from JT or HJK (and JS ? and what about JP?)  he has never again played the romantic lead, never interpreted the model man or hero! Neverthless, he’s got lots of supporting fans and admirers. So, what if he  ******* in Spooks 9 ? Richard will be a convincing ******* Lucas. If… but only if…they decided he has to be (and in that case, I hate them!)

4.  Reading The Sunne in Splendour
Dickon. Richard the Kid. I mean Richard III is still a young boy, the protagonist of this novel is still a kid in the pages I'm reading . The Sunne in Splendour  is a very interesting , engaging reading . I'm reading it  after reading  good reviews and hearing positive opinions . Knowing how much RA  wishes to adapt this novel in a series makes me imagine what that would look like. It’d be stunning . Richard Plantagenet is still a kid in the part I’m reading now so it is impossible to figure him out as Richard Armitage. But the fascinating medieval setting , the bloody war, the strong well-written emotions have already stirred my fantasy.
An incredible medieval saga. I wish Richard can make his dream come true soon. And I'll go on reading,  meanwhile. (936 pp!)

5. Waiting for The Convenient Marriage
I have often discussed what an awesome narrator/ actor RA is in his audio-works ( here for example) . It's surprising how he can catch your total  attention and make you tingle, shiver, swoon or smile using his velvet voice. I haven’t listened to all of his audio works yet. But to most of them, yes! I don’t think I will succeed in listening to the complete Lords of the North ( maybe I’m not that obsessed after all? No, just a question of time!) but I’m going to read and listen to The Convenient Marriage. It’ll be my third Heyer book and I hope it’ll be great fun like Sylvester and Venetia.
That's all for now.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, DARLING GIRLS & LADIES!!!

12 comments:

Karen said...

What a coincidence, MG! ;D
I too am reading TSIS, probably because of the same recommendations we've found ... here and there! I'm enjoying it so far, but this is not surprising since historical novels are my cup of tea. But I feel a bit confused because I momentarily stopped reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series to start the RIII novel... and I keep finding so many similarities between them! :-O
Congrats to you for spreading the JT love, and to Lunarossa for having finally succumbed to RA's charm... who's next? :D
Have a nice w-e everyone,
KB

Squid said...

I am reading "The Sunne" right now too! I got this in a Google Alert and had to see what you had to say about Dickon and co.

I keep picturing RA as Richard. :-)

onemorelurker1 said...

I often was like 'wow, he was in a neck-to-toes leather suit in mid summer' but never really giving it much thought. Now being very conscious on how hot the summer can be (35° outside, right now) I'm at awe how could he stand the clothes and even more, how could he act in those. I can't stand wearing jeans right now, much less anything with leather!

Yay, you brought one more for the team ;).

I also like, historical novels, maybe I should put the RIII novel in my to-read list.

OML :)

lunarossa said...

MG, yes you are a bit cryptic with your initials and with someone like me who's just started as a RA fan it can get quite confusing...But I'll do my research and I will get better. Sorry but I cannot see RA as a soldier, maybe because I do not like soldiers very much and then he seems so lovely and suave...The book you're reading seems interesting. I'm a RIII's fan. Totally misjudged and misrepresented mainly by an old rogue called Shakespeare who wrote so badly about him mainly to please Queen Elizabeth and the Tudor dinasty..Another very interesting historical novel about the Plantagenets and Richard III is called "The White Queen" the most recent book by Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl. Sorry, I have taken too much soace! Just one last thing: does Karen have a blog? Or does she twit? I'd like to follow her. Ciao bella. A.

MARIA GRAZIA said...

@lunarossa
I hate violence and stories with soldiers, male targeted stuff! But ...if I managed and loved to watch strike back, I bet you might do it as well.
Karen, you ask. She hasn't got a blog , well, actually she started one but left it there neglected. She doesn't tweet or connect to the world with Facebook. But, you're right, she's a very special person, a very special friend to me!
The Sunne in Splendour. I'm sure you will like it. It's heading to your northern home ... just now. Just wait, and you'll see! Ionly hope it doesn't get lost. ;-)
Big Hug e felice domenica!!!

Karen said...

AWWWWW!!! Too many kind words, MG (and Lunarossa), I'm overwhelmed! :D
In fact - although you wouldn't say so - I'm a shy girl: I started a journal (for fun) a couple of years ago, but couldn't manage to keep it updated. My record is... 1 post every 6/8 months :-/
Anyway, if you like to have a look, here's the url: http://mrskarenblixen.livejournal.com/
Have a nice Sunday everyone, despite the heat wave!
x KB

mesmered said...

Hello MG . . . another great Friday (caught up with on Sunday here in Australia). I am going to get SIS on your recommendation. Reading Murder in Mansfield Park but almost finished.

I've written a third instalment of Guy of Gisborne inspired 'The Sheriff's Collector' just for you over at Mesmered. But of course we know what its really about . . . don't we?

MARIA GRAZIA said...

@mesmered
The Sunne in Splendour is a great read, indeed. But ...off to your site to dream on your gorgeous Sheriff's collector! Thank you, P. Have a wonderful Sunday!

iz4blue said...

Hey, i keep getting distracted by Lucas North Fanfic from reading The Sunne in Splendour. Will have to give it a go with you all reading it! Chucks!!!! will have to read the Sheriff first though ;)....

MARIA GRAZIA said...

@iz4blue
Eh! These FF stories are a really tough job! I can imagine. One gets lost and does not find the way back to ... other types of reading. Tough job, indeed! ;-) Did you like the Sheriff's Collector? I hope mesmered goes on!!!

iz4blue said...

Yes! How could I could I not when it's illustrated! But if you like something more substantial and literary check out Grant Your Wish by Kleindog on C19. She's rewriting RHS3

iz4blue said...

No winking! The best part for me is how the characters are fleshed out and backstory is filled in especially where the scripts are weak.