Overwhelmed by the barrage of news, it has completely passed me by that a significant anniversary was due just a few days ago. Ever keen to use any opportunity for self-promotion, Guylty can’t resist a post poor in content but big on self-reference: On February 18, 2014 the first RA pocket shrine saw the light of day on my blog. Three years down the road, the anniversary would have been a nice occasion for a little raffle. Well, we are slightly over-saturated with raffle-waffle, so I’ll post-pone that to the next significant anniversary, coming to this blog on March 12, 2017. Stay tuned, though.
Anyway, the RAPS movement started three years ago. When I was updating my shrine gallery last night and glanced over the assembled shrines, I suddenly wondered where the current character break-down is at. 132 shrines – who’s top of the list when it comes to commissions and my own fancy? Last time I analysed the share of the various characters in my oeuvre, I was surprised that Thorin was the most-asked-for RAPS subject. But can you believe it – it is now two-and-a-half years – or almost 100 pocket shrines later. High time for a new, fancy pie chart.
To provide a better overview I have listed the shrines in order of biggest share. You get the share in percentages in the pie chart. The key on the right also lists the number of shrines each chaRActer has achieved.
No statistic without analysis.
Yes, I am a pro. I do this for a living. Every bloody week. Top spot has: RL RA. 😳 Ehm. That is the biggest surprise for *me* in this statistic. You may think that is self-evident. Well, yours truly set out on this shrining journey thinking that it was a somewhat limited project, with the objective of creating one (1) shrine per character. And none for the RL actor who has embodied them. Because that was just too weird. Ehm again.
At number 2 – still Thorin. His appeal has not diminished. Not surprising, that one, because TH trilogy is the widest-seen piece of Mr A’s oeuvre, and possibly a role that has brought a significant number of fans into my reach. Porter at number 3 is somewhat surprising to me – a role from years ago. But then again a hero, a *proper* hero, and not without emotion. But higher up the list than darling Guy at 11 shrines???? Curioser and curioser. Dolarhyde only comes up so high on the list because I had vowed to create a shrine per episode. Had I done the same for Daniel Miller, he would be in the top 5.
Disappointment of the statistic: Chop and Ricky Deeming, both languishing at one shrine each. Not good enough for
worthy sexy characters like them, especially when it turns they are on par with no-nos such as William Chatford *meh* and Lee Preston *boo*. Even John Mulligan got more than that…
The conclusions of the stats:
- There *is* a correlation between the size of the role and the number of shrines made.
- The more recent the role, the more likely I’ll make a shrine.
- Still a number of chaRActers to enshrine – Philip Durant, your man from Frozen, the new bloke in O8, papa Cahalan, Dr White of the snooze film,…
- And some worthy characters really need to be bumped up in the charts – no way can bona-fide hero Proctor be wasted on a mid-field ranking.
Or what do you think? Whose ranking in the fandom’s favour is not worst reflected in the shrine stats? Who needs to be bumped down? Is it really allowed that Mr Thornton and Lucas North are only midfielders? And what about the whole issue with enshrining a living, breathing actor in a little pocket altar? Weird?!!!!???!?
But hey, it’s all entertainment, it’s all frippery and flippancy. And while the lull goes on and we need to balance out the RL catastrophes with sweet little nothings of no consequence, I might do a few more pocket shrine reviews.