Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

Fan A-Z Challenge

B.) Which of his chaRActers do you think RA is most like? which is he most unlike?
I’m going to go in another direction here, because I have a hard time using Richard’s film characters to answer this question. I find a little bit of him in every character he plays.
Richard Armitage: potty mouth

I think that Richard (and most actors) have personas that they adopt when doing press and promos. not that they’re pretending, necessarily, but that they play up certain parts of themselves in order to get the job done.

what will it be today, adorkable or intimidating?

Unfortunately, I think that the Twitter Richard persona is probably the closest to who he is behind closed doors. I say ‘unfortunately’ because I have issues with his approach to using Twitter.

incoming criticism, arm yourselves!

Case in point: the recent brouhaha where an entertainment critic used Richard for her own gain, banking on the fact that his fans would come out of the woodwork to defend him. instead of passing on by, Richard chose to reply to her remarks. I understand the urge to confront a remark like that, truly I do (I’ve given in to it myself a time or seven) but in my opinion, Richard responding to baiting like that shoots his cyberbullying ambassadorship all to hell.

Richard, wondering where I hitched the horse I rode in on.

And then there’s the constant self correction. I’m a fan of Richard Armitage, I happen to think he’s pretty swell and so do a lot of other fans, many of whom follow his example in everything that he does. so when he apologizes for being himself, that’s not a lesson I want others to replicate. if you regret saying off the cuff things publicly, then curb that habit of saying them. if you constantly find yourself removing tweets because you regret that you posted them, think long and hard about what you decide to tweet in the future.

Laurel or Yanny- do I want to go to war today?

Or if you’re like me and remove things because you can’t stand your own grammar mistakes, then petition Twitter to add an Edit button. start several petitions, I will sign them all.

me, constantly rethinking my choice of emojis

Moving on to ‘least like’ character: Photoshoot Richard. I’m not saying Richard never smolders in his everyday life, I’m sure he does in certain circumstances

 

but generally speaking, I think Photoshoot Richard is much too confident.

boots don’t belong on furniture, mister!

I’m glad he’s not as confident though because that is part of his appeal, regardless of all that stuff I just said about Twitter…

I know I’m confusing, Richard, you should try living with me! no, seriously, you should live with me.

So yeah, I have conflicting feelings. Richard does that to me. I like that he does that to me- I can’t really explain why that is. I do know that he makes me feel, and he makes me think, and that’s why I keep coming back for more.

and this. I keep coming back for this too.

 

Fan A-Z Challenge

A new blogging challenge, woo hoo! Guylty has created the Fan A-Z Challenge and I just had to come out of hiding to participate, because you know I can’t resist these types of things!

me, trying to resist a fangirl questionnaire

There are some really good questions in this challenge that aren’t just the same old ‘favorite outfit’ type

not that there’s anything wrong with favorite outfits…

The questions about fandom are what really intrigued me. a few of the questions don’t apply to me but I think I’ll be able to answer most of them. so without further ado, let’s tackle the first letter.

A.) if you add up all the money you have spent on DVDs, cinema tickets, accommodation, theatre tickets, fanart, audio books etc, how expensive has RA been so far?

Compared to other fans, I haven’t spent a lot of money on my RA fangirling.

you keep telling yourself that

I have purchased relatively little merchandise and I haven’t gone to a premiere or any kind of event. after sitting down and adding it all up, this is what I’ve spent money on:

  • cinema tickets for all three Hobbit movies (The Desolation of Smaug twice) and Into The Storm
  • DVDs/Blurays for all three Hobbit movies
  • rented film version of The Crucible and interview
  • Funko Pop! Thorin
  • Red Dragon Plushie
  • An Inconvenient Marriage and Venetia audio books on CD
  • North & South novel
  • North & South DVD
  • A Heart For Milton ebook
  • Harry Kennedy episodes of The Vicar of Dibley on DVD
  • Photobucket add free plans for 2 years to house my collection of gifs

That’s about it! anything else I have was gifted to me.

Gift.

It doesn’t seem like much, as far as fangirling goes, but it adds up to a little over $300 over a five year period. quite a steal for all of the enjoyment it’s brought me ❤

 

For You

One of the many things I started but never got around to finishing on this blog was the 55 Reasons Challenge. It was based on a BuzzFeed article that highlighted the many charming things we love about British men, illustrated by cute gifs of various British men doing endearing things. One particular reader of this blog really liked these posts and often tried to give me a nudge into posting more of them. Unfortunately, I only made it to number nine. I was thinking of this particular reader today as I read news of the horrible weather that the state of Texas is enduring, due to Hurricane Harvey. I touched base with her on Twitter to see how she was doing (she’s okay and so is her house) and then I thought that maybe I could finish the ’55 Reasons Challenge’ just to make her smile. Although I won’t be dedicating separate posts to do this, I will illustrate each trait with a gif/image of Richard. That’s 47 pics of Richard! So, SnowyJo, this one’s for you:

 

10. But they also look phenom with little on at all.

 

11. That self-assured self-deprecation.

 

12. The way they can so pull off ginger.

I’m sure there’s ginger in there somewhere…

 

13. Seriously. Red-headed Brits are hot.

 

14. That pensive beard stroke.

 

15. That look they get when they’re falling in love.

 

16. Their coy sense of humor.

 

17. Their ability to start a fire in a button-up shirt.

too literal?

 

18. Their sensitivity.

 

19. Their dimples.

 

20. Their good lad values!

 

21. This goofy “yuuuup” grin.

 

22. The way they know exactly what to do in tough moments.

 

23. Their willingness to be utterly ridiculous.

 

24. The adorable crinkles in their eyes when they laugh.

 

25. The way they boogie.

 

26. And the way they groove.

 

27. And the way NO-body has moves like Jagger.

 

28. The cute face they make when they’re indignant.

 

29. The way they smile even when they disagree with you.

 

30. That lil’ head-to-shoulder modesty move.

 

31. The way they greet you with words, not just a chin jut.

 

32. The way they know how to set the mood.

 

33. That. Lip. Bite.

 

34. Or the lip-bite-grin evolution.

not exactly a ‘grin’ but it makes me grin!

 

35. The way they take their tea: adorably.

 

36. THEIR SUITS.

 

37. Seriously, all men should always wear suits.

 

38. The way they can make you feel like the only girl in the world.

 

39. How when they say something, they mean it.

 

40. The way they can be just too lovable.

 

41. The way they wear those long winter coats with the collars up.

 

42. The adorable way they try on American English.

 

43. The way they’ll readily admit when they’ve found something good.

 

44. That thing where they lean back to think.

or complain. either/or

 

45. When they do this little faux-frown.

 

46. The way they get to the point.

 

47. Everything about this man.

 

48. The way they look when you take their breath away.

 

49. Their romanticism.

 

50. That thing where they wear sweaters on top of button downs and it’s like, Hello!

 

51. Their slightly awkward and wholly endearing style of flirtation.

 

52. The way they rock a bowtie.

 

53. Their understated, honest manner of expressing their feelings.

 

54. The way they’re good with animals.

 

55. Their emotional intelligence.

 

Oh. And they have accents. Those are pretty nice, too.

 

~*~*~*

 

Out A Luck, Out A Love

When the file sharing site, Photobucket, recently changed it’s terms of service to restrict posting photos by sharing links, I decided it was a good time to clean house. I had so many images linked to previous fandom’s fan-forums, that were essentially worthless now (grr!). I thought I might look for a new place to store them, even though there really wasn’t much of a need anymore. Whatever pics I post on the blogs, are uploaded and stored there, with a few of my favorites that I keep on my own computer for easy access. So I downloaded the individual albums that I wanted to keep, placing them in a folder to deal with later. Fast forward a few days to when I was deleting all the outdated install files on my computer, and I accidentally deleted the Photobucket files in the frenzy (label your folders, people!). Not only that, but I was in such a cleaning mood that I also emptied my recycle bin. yeah. I didn’t mind losing all that stuff, it really was clutter that I could do without. All the good stuff has been uploaded to the blog libraries, though it’s not exactly the best set up for browsing. So, what does all of this mean? It means I currently have 6 images of RA at my fingertips. six. S-I-X. time to start over…

if you’re curious, the other crush count is:

  • Ewan McGregor- 1
  • Christian Bale- 2
  • Robert Pattinson- 9
  • Jamie Dornan- 12
  • Chris Evans- 1
  • Dan Stevens- 76

 

because looks can be deceiving

a #CelebRAteLove contribution

if you follow my posts on Twitter
you might think that I’ve moved on
that I’ve lost that loving feeling
found a new bae to dote upon

well, you’d be wrong.

140 characters makes it really hard to impart
what’s in my heart!

and if you’ve stumbled upon my skewed attempts
at personal enlightenment
but just can’t seem to figure out
what I’m blathering on about

well, that makes two of us.

but I think we can agree
that Richard is da bomb diggity!
(top that, WikiRhymer!)

so I may not post his pictures
quite as often as before
or squee, and swoon, and sigh
about all that I adore

but rest assured, when all is said and done
Richard’s still my number one.

❤ ❤ ❤

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