The end of the RA Challenge ♡ is getting nearer. This is the penultimate post in the series, and I have almost anticipated today’s question in the last challenge post.
#30 – Will Anything Ever Replace RA In Your Admiration?
Who can really say what will happen in the future? I often feel as if the fangirling experience is a lot like falling in love. It’s hard to pin down why your heart is captured by a particular person. Sure, there are things that you tick off from the imaginary “list of prerequisites”. Must read, must be either a musician or a painter, must be intelligent, must be loyal, must have humour, must be interested in politics, must be a gentleman, must be blonde. But those characteristics apply to many men – not all of whom captured my heart. It goes without saying that the outward appearance has to appeal, too. And yet there is something else, something intangible that others, who share the same characteristics *and* have an attractive appearance, have not got. The thing that seals the deal and makes us *feel*, is irrational. It’s probably the exact combination of these traits in their different intensity that makes this particular person ‘the one and only’.
I find that there is something similar happening when we choose an object of our fangirling. He has to be a terrific actor, with a pleasant voice (preferably able to sing with), an attractive outward appearance, a humble demeanor, a spark of wit, and a natural presence. Those are the givens, at least for me. But there are plenty of other actors who would fit this description as well
– 20 years younger, and maybe I would’ve fallen for Tom Hiddleston? Yet it is RA who has captured my attention. Maybe it is the roles he has played, and I have mixed up Thornton and Porter and Standring and Thorin and Lucas North and Harry Kennedy with the actor? Or maybe it is that X factor, the whole package of the real person with his skills and traits, that is unique in his exact composition.
So, no, I don’t see someone else replacing RA in my admiration. I admire the way he is able to use his talents and skills, I enjoy looking at him, I like how he comes across as a person, and I appreciate how he continues to push himself in the choice of his roles. And I totally love that he continues to surprise me, yesterday’s confirmation that he has voiced a role in Netflix’ new animated series a case in point.
So as long as the elusive surprise element is still there, as long as he sparks my interest, my creativity, I will admire him. And should that ever be gone, I’ll certainly always look back on my time as a RA fan with much fondness. It is/will have been time well-spent. Otherwise… 👇