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Calling All Kind-Hearted Fanfiction Writers!

I’ve been missing from here and I truly wish I could attribute it solely to writing my MA thesis paper.

The truth is so much more embarrassing, but I guess as the author of this blog, I’m way past the feeling of shame (got lost, along with my dignity around the 7th time I wrote about Richard Armitage’s behind…).

What actually happened is I got into The Forsyte Saga, bitten so hard that I ended up having to download all the episodes.

There WILL BE a post on this, as I don’t remember the last time I actually started watching a series around 8pm and had to force myself to unstick from the monitor at around 6am.

Oh, the riveting social life I lead….

After watching The Forsyte Saga I just had to get my hands on more ginger hotness meaning Damian Lewis and ended up downloading Homeland.

Well, at least part of it as by the time I was half way through season 1, I had used up all of my allotted internet connection.

I have been surviving the past week on an internet connection no doubt powered by a very knackered hamster on a wheel trapped within my laptop.

Lesson learned, do not fall for the charms of ridiculously talented red haired British actors if you have other things to do online.

Anyway, my available communication technology is back to the standards of the twenty-first century and I can now return to the (somewhat) civilized world.

As I’ve hinted before, I’d love to hear from you regarding fandoms, so I’ve written a questionnaire for fanfic writers.

I am calling upon all fanfic authors who would like to participate in my MA thesis paper study.

I’m on the last chapter and I ‘dreally love to hear from fanfic writers to pick their brains regarding their opinions on fandoms and fanfiction.

Apart from helping this poor gal out, I will also be your best friend for life!

BFF’s, I tell you!

We’ll be like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan… Ok, maybe that’s not the best example…

The questionnaire consists of 10 questions, so if you feel up to it, or know someone who’d be interested, please leave a comment and I will get back to you via email 🙂

You can also email me directly at iwanttobeapinup[at}wp[dot]pl

I really do hope to hear from you!

UPDATE:

Thanks so much to all the people who have either left comments or have emailed me directly!

I very much appreciate all of those who have taken the time to complete my questionnaire.

The answers just prove what I have known all along:

This fandom comprises of incredibly intelligent, witty and opinionated people, and I am incredibly thankful that I could take advantage of that!

Celebrating National Poetry Day with Richard Armitage

To celebrate National Poetry Day in the UK I though it would be fitting to post Richard Armitage reading beautiful poems.

That voice was made to utter sweetness in our ear.

Honey, chocolate, velvet, silk…

Ever since hearing Richard read Yours by Ted Hughes I really regret he never had the chance to play alongside Gwyneth Paltrow in Sylvia.

I’m convinced he would portray the controversial poet Hughes amazingly.

A girl can dream…

Anyway, here are some of my favorite poems read by Richard.

Please check out the poem that I came across by accident To His Lost Lover by the other Armitage, meaning Simon 🙂

If there are any other poems you’d like to share please leave the links in comments and I will edit the post with your ideas 🙂

While The Hobbit’s away, the Boys will play!

During their time off from The Hobbit my two favorite boys meaning Richard Armitage and Aidan Turner are busy with other projects.

We all know Mr A is busy being a hero in the face of a tornado.

Gary is a type of teacher that I’d like to learn a thing or two from 🙂

I’ve never wanted to be a teacher’s pet so bad!

Mr Turner is involved in a huge project of the fantasy adaptation of  The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones directed by Harald Zwart.

The movie will be out August 23rd, 2013 and it seems to rival Hunger Games.

He’ll be playing the character of Luke Garroway, the surrogate father to the protagonist Clary Fray played by Lily Collins.

Image taken from cityofbones.com.

One thing I know is that he’s sporting a bushy beard (that’s so hot right now…) and he seemed to have chopped off the lovely locks and has a shorter do that looks a bit like a weird afro.

Not passing judgement till I take a closer look.

Wouldn’t hurt if I could run my fingers through it, but I’m guessing security would knock me down 🙂

I believe he should keep his hair longer!

While you still have it, you should embrace it!

The book series already seems to have a huge following, although prior to the casting announcement I had never heard of it before.

I can’t lie, I read the first book in the series, meaning City of Bones, to see how big Aidan’s part is, and it’s quite impressive and exciting.

I have difficulty with recommending the book wholeheartedly.

This Young Adult Urban Fantasy is a bit naïve and predictable, and I felt the writing wasn’t the best, however the story is interesting, and I can’t wait to see how it’s interpreted on film.

There were moments where a twist in the plot was revealed and I could have sworn it was so obvious I thought every reader would take it as a given.

In some cases I thought the twist had already been introduced.

Then again I read lot of Agatha Christie, so I’m always spoiling plots 🙂

If you want something young and fluffy, this book will tick the boxes.

If you merely want to see Aidan prance around in glasses, wait patiently for the movie next year.

Collective Reading of The Sunne in Splendour and I want YOU to be a part of it!

You’ve probably heard about Sharon Kay Penman’s The Sunne in Splendour.

It’s the book Richard Armitage mentions in the  Vulpes Libris interview as one of his favorites.

This autumn and winter Fanny/iz4blue over at DistRActed musings of one ReAlity is organising a collective read of this historical fiction novel.

The group read will be accompanied by Richard III Bloggers and their ‘ fun activities‘.

Oh Dear 😉

The first deadline is:

Sept 23rd : Chapters 1 + 5 of Book One : Edward

Now, I know what many of you are thinking (I’ve had these thought too…):

Firstly, that bloke Richard III? Again?

He’s not even that good-looking!

What’s up with this obsession regarding some historical figure I don’t really know much about!

Why should I care?

Secondly, how can I possibly read an epic novels the size of a dictionary?

I don’t have the time/language skills/background knowledge to do that.

Here’s the deal.

I don’t really know anything about Richard III.

My fascination with British History starts with Henry VIII, and why couldn’t Richard Armitage and Papa Armitage be fascinated with him?

At least I’d know what the heck we’re talking about…

Then again, he’d have to be called Henry Armitage 😉

But I’d really like to learn more, as it seems like an important aspect to the Armitage fandom.

That’s why I’ve decided to set off on a quest.

And, you guessed it, I’m taking you with me!

I’m going to create a few Richard III for Dummies posts for all of you out there who (like me) haven’t got a clue!

By the end of it you still won’t be able to answer the Servetus RIII scavenger hunt questions, but maybe a little background knowledge will help with understanding The Sunne in Splendour.

That’s my second aim!

No matter if English is your native language or not, I want all of us to give the book a try.

Yes, I mean YOU!

No excuses!

That’s why I’ll be writing a post after each chapter I read to help with vocabulary, phrases etc.

Don’t get me wrong, it may be a case of the blind leading the blind, or the ignorant leading the ignorant 🙂

As the first deadline is in 15 days, that comes to roughly 1 chapter every 2 days or so.

That’s 80 pages.

I want all of us to exercise our little grey cells (as Poirot would put it).

Even if we don’t get to share our thoughts on twitter #ArmitageWatch with  #RA4R3, let’s read it because we can!

Let’s do it because the Armitage Fandom knows no boundaries!

Because a thing like a language barrier shouldn’t stand in the way of knowing more!

Learning and being exposed to new things is one of the most endearing aspects of our community.

Who’s with me?

Illustration: Martin Rowson/Guardian

You can purchase this The Sunne in Splendour on Amazon, and help support an RA charity.

For more info go here.

For those who are having trouble with getting their hands on the book, for whatever reason, please email me at iwanttobeapinup[at]wp.pl

WE CAN DO THIS!!!

Tom Hardy is Stuart: A Life Backwards

I’m continuing to act on my fascination with British actors.

I’d like to recommend “Stuart: A Life Backwards”.

The movie is based on a bestselling book by the same title, by Alexander Masters.

Masters elaborates on the process of turning his book into a screenplay in an article for the Guardian, which I recommend you read.

This true story follows the friendship between a writer Alexander (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Stuart, a chaotic homeless
(Tom Hardy), whom he gets to know during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison.

As Alexander learns more about Stuart’s complicated life and traumatic childhood, he asks if he can write his story.

Stuart advises him to write the story backwards, so that it’s more exciting like a Tom
Clancy murder-mystery.

The writer attempts to pinpoint the moment when Stuart’s life spiralled out of control.

Alexander is given a glimpse into the life of Stuart, as he gradually recounts his life story in reverse, his resilient personality and dry sense of  humour gives the story an almost tragi-comic edge.

Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Stuart is heart-breaking and outstanding.

He portrays a character that is violent, addicted to alcohol and drugs, a repeat offender, and yet he is lovable.

This movie is also an interesting experience of seeing Cumberbatch play the ‘straight’ character, allowing Hardy to shine.

If you get a chance, I recommend watching it with subtitles.

Here is the trailer:

You can also watch the movie online if you do a bit of digging.

I Love Books! Pin-Up Blonde

As you may know, I absolutely love reading 🙂

I have just read The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. As much as I enjoy James, this wouldn’t have been my first choice (I needed to read it for college for my American Gothic Literature lecture).

I am reading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.

I highly recommend it  😉

Are there any books you can recommend?

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