After a week and a half abstaining, I had a lovely comment bts today from Michele that motivated me to go back to blogging. I dropped out last week because I first needed some time to finally get the custom RAPS done that had been bought at the RA birthday auction – and then I had a visit from Hariclea over the weekend. Hari and I had tickets for Yael Farber’s Hamlet again, but we mutually decided to give it a miss.
I think I have done my Hamlet duties this year… Instead we actually went to the cinema for a live transmission of La Fanciulla from the Met Opera. Jonas Kaufmann was singing the male lead – and even though I am not a massive opera fan myself, I have to say that this opera was absolutely stunning. Four hours in the cinema – and I wasn’t bored for even a second. Fabulous.
Another event followed on Sunday. Author Deborah Harkness was in Dublin for the annual Bram Stoker Festival. I read Harkness’ All Souls trilogy a few years ago – and actually never was a massive fan of it. The books were well written and entertaining, but the vampire genre is just not for me. I most probably would not have read the books if there hadn’t been a large faction of the fandom who had actively promoted RA as a candidate for the role of Matthew Clairmont, the male lead character of the novels. As it was, he really fitted the description of Matthew – tall, broad-shouldered, dark hair, pale skin. And the visuals definitely added to my enjoyment of the books. In any case, I was curious to meet the author in the flesh, so when fellow fan Snowyjo pointed out that Harkness was coming to Dublin, I immediately bought tickets.
Not least also because the event was held in the Chapel Royal of Dublin Castle. I used to pop into the castle chapel every time I was taking visitors around Dublin Castle, but lately the chapel has been closed – at least for sightseeing. The event was not fully booked out, and even though we were only half way down the waiting line before entering the chapel, we bagged the best seats – a side pew with unobstructed view of the “stage”. The conversation was conducted by the well-informed Patrick Freyne, a features writer for the Irish Times. The two of them discussed anything from how Harkness launched into writing from her regular career as a professor of history, to her writing process, to the characters in her novels and her plans for the future of the book series. I really enjoyed listening to Harkness. She came across as down-to-earth and unpretentious, she had many interesting things to say, and I almost felt she was a kindred spirit when she disclosed which handful of fiction books used to be on her bookshelf in the 1990s ( of which I can only remember Marion Zimmer Bradley Mists of Avalon, AS Byatt Possession, and Umberto Eco Name of the Rose).
Anyway, it was a great conversation, and even though the event was not fully sold out, the line for the book signing table stretched all the way back through the chapel within seconds of the event ending. So Hari and I decided not to wait around. I am, however, even more curious to see the series.
Umph, just seeing Matthew Goode there (whom I actually like), I get wistful thinking how good RA would’ve been…
So yeah, here’s a really nice segue to today’s A to Z Fan Challenge question…
P – RA on big screen or RA on TV?
Small screen, all the way. Yes, I know that the big screen is the way to superstardom. But I am selfishly only thinking about myself here. I simply want RA’s work easily accessible and preferably in a format that brings him on my screen regularly every week. A nice lead role, can be period or contemporary. Heck, I don’t even mind if he reprises a genre that he has done before. I would just prefer to see him in a long-term project that does not involve expensive cinema tickets. Who do I need to bribe to make that happen?
Sorry, that’s a short answer today. But at least I am back.
Happy Halloween! 🎃