Ok, I can’t stay away. Now that I have an excuse to write about *myself* –
oh hell, here goes the avalanche… So, on the subject of “I saw something fine” – I hope that you have all bookmarked RAFrenzy’s temporary RAflash site for this week at RAflash.com. Even if you have read all the posts via your reader already, hop on over – the site’s design makes for a lovely sight…
should’ve left it at checking out the TV oeuvre of A___. I could have just enjoyed Sir Guy lusting after Lady Marian, being tormented by Vaisey and engaged in a rather fruitless mutual chase with Robin. I could’ve made my way through the rest of Spooks, my gateway. And I could’ve popped in the N&S DVD again to re-consider my previous dismissal of the man.
But as with most of you sisters-in-RA out there, I could not resist finding out more about the man. Cue Google. No, I actually did not check whether he was single
– at least not straight away *ahem* – I just wanted to know his background, career details, credentials as an actor. Yeah, right. Which of course led me to RAOnline and the collected messages from Richard to his fans as they were known then.
I saw something fine. I saw an actor who was engaging with his fans. Admittedly, most of the messages were all fairly old, going back right to N&S when his career really took off, and they had become much more infrequent over time. But there was *tangible* evidence then that the man was not only real, but he was actually funny, witty, self-depricating, good-humoured, modest, self-aware, eloquent. I think it was the friendly tone of his messages that made the biggest impression. Here was someone who was breaking the fourth wall in an attempt to give back the attention that he received. Of course I was aware that there can be strategy behind that. But so what? He simply came across as a fun guy, the type of person that you have within your circle of friends. Remarkably normal *despite* his exposure on (inter)national TV and his successful career and his dashing looks.
He seemed like a “nice guy”. All of that made me more curious about the guy. And *that* is when the serious web search started. It coincided with my inception into the world of fanfiction through a friend who was writing fantasy fanfic. Up until then I had never even *heard* of fanfic. And lo and behold – there was Sir Guy fanfic. Plenty. Hell fire beckoned. I delved in. Web search also brought up the wonderful world of RAblogging. I read. And lurked. And wondered about the people who were openly writing. And wished I was part of it.
Little did I know…
[Harry Kennedy mode] There you go. [/Harry Kennedy mode] Still not quite at the end of the saga. I am drawing it out – over the celebration of fine-ness that is RAflash 13th to 18th January. Keep reading all the posts on participating blogs and comment your heart away
if it hasn’t already been given away to Mr A!