Fanvid Friday: My Confession

The Guy and Marian fanvid My Confession by Olery St, using the song of the same name by Josh Groban. I’ve nicknamed this vid in my mind as Eyes, Eyes, and More Eyes; it is one of my favorite RA fandom fanvids! I’ve waxed lyrical about in comments often enough, I thought it was high time I gave it a post of it’s own.

The video starts with an up-close-and-personal view of the shoulder touch scene that entrances me. My eyes are always drawn to the eyes but in this scene Guy’s eyelids capture my attention too.

The editing in this fanvid is nicely done in a fluid way that helps illustrate what Guy is feeling, as he experiences flashbacks of Marian and the suffering he is struggling with in the present. The soft focus of the piece gives it a very elegant feel as well, helping to highlight those beautiful blue eyes of both Richard and Lucy. It also makes Marian’s skin appear ever so soft in the gifted horse scene, that even I long to touch it! (Lucy is so pretty as Marian) This helps convey Guy’s dawning realization, helped along by the lyrics, that he may be feeling something deeper for Marian. The way he’s watching her from a distance and then turns away; quite powerful.

I feel myself surrender
Each time I see your face.
I am staggered by your beauty,
Your unassuming grace.
And I feel my heart is turning,
Falling into place.

While the close-up of the firelight scene may rob us of any long lingering looks at Guy’s torso

I wouldn’t want you to feel cheated.

it does focus on the hands rather well. How Guy brushes his fingers lightly across Marian’s cheek *swoon* as he slowly holds her fingers…until she removes them from his grasp, making us feel the loss ourselves, as Guy clenches his hand into a fist. All of this is being remembered by a downtrodden Guy, as he tries to find a way out of his current Hell and fight the demons that cause him such pain.

“I can’t hide it now hear my confession”

This all climaxes with the candle scene. The flickering candles take center stage, as we see the couple coming into focus behind them. The music flows beautifully with the slightly slowed running of Marian, when Guy tries to stop her so that he can give her comfort.

Then the petting of the hair and the gentle kiss on the forehead, and I float away light as a piece of ash from the crackling fire.

This Time Last Year

While cleaning up all of my folders and downloads on my old laptop so that my daughter can use it, I had a look back through the browser history to see what I was doing on-line at this time last year. I hadn’t started blogging yet but had just gotten through those first few months of Armitage frenzy and finally felt things evening out a bit.

some randomness:

⭐ this reading nook:

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⭐ voting in TheOneRing.net’s March Madness

⭐ reading blog posts on: Me+Richard; RAfrenzy; Love, Sex & Other Dirty Words; My Sort of Bloke; and Such is life

⭐ this DJ kitty:

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⭐ wondering when members of message board in different fandom are going to overthrow me and friend for decorating excessively with Richard Armitage pics

Strike Back kicking gifs:

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⭐ looking forward to visiting parents for Spring Break to introduce my dad to Strike Back and force my mom to watch The Hobbit dvd with us

⭐ Dean

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⭐ hunting down “The Almighty Johnsons” and regularly saying Kili when I mean Fili

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⭐ reading news about Spooks movie, and Black Sky financial concerns

⭐ defending Robin Hood series:

-Guy’s misguided and gullible nature

-Jonas/Joe casting switch personally preferred

-admit to enjoying the cheese factor…

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⭐ calling “fake” when manip of Richard wearing kilt appeared and guessing it was Gerard Butler rather quickly

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⭐ finding recipes for my Harry Potter themed Easter dinner; Butter-Beer has become a family favorite

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⭐ always hiding my eyes when the Speedo shows up, while eagerly awaiting the Flirty-Girty

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⭐ this fanvid,

which makes me smile and tear up at the same time:

A Man Apart

Have you ever noticed how many of Richard’s characters are set apart from society, in some way? Thorin, the displaced king who bares the weight of his people and family’s legacy

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John Porter and his botched mission, that made him untouchable in the eyes of his colleagues and loved ones

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John Standring, who was never afforded the chance to prove himself as a man, living as the perpetual fumbling boy in his small rural town

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and even John Thornton, with the way he set himself apart as he tried to right his father’s wrongs while upholding his family’s standing within the community.

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These thoughts seemed to solidify for me recently while browsing through some of my favorite Richard Armitage themed fanvids. There is one in particular, The Evolution of Sir Guy by 19bt80 on YouTube, that I find engaging each and every time I watch.

It starts out with Guy of Gisborne lamenting the loss of Marian and reliving what led up to the catastrophic event. As the music in the video speeds up, various scenes of Guy fighting is shown. Then Lucas North suddenly appears, mimicking similar body movements in his more modern fight scenes. Very creative elements; using the palm punch of series 7 episode 1 that always thrills me was a bonus 🙂

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The video continues with scenes of Lucas in quick sequence; the scenes themselves have nothing to do with Guy of Gisborne but subtly draw parallels between the two characters. Even though Lucas and Guy are different, this aptly illustrates how alike they are as well.

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After being wowed by that favorite, I was then drawn in by the Guy & Marian (my skin) video by HeathDances.

In this one, Guy of Gisborne is being haunted by Marian’s ghost. Series 3 Guy is burdened with so much guilt because of what he did to Marian, and how ruthless he was before her. I found the use of Marian’s ghost very creative, and also the excerpts from the Robin Hood Witchfinder audiobook that the video was based on.

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Richard has said that he likes to show the good in the bad/the bad in the good for his characters. I wonder if he’s drawn to this type of character on a subconscious level, or if he just finds portraying the Man Apart most gratifying? Probably a bit of both; it takes one to know one 😎

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She Visits Me

I’ve been watching episodes of Robin Hood

while I try to shake this cold that’s been plaguing me for days.

So here’s some tragic Guy:

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“You know the worst crime a man can commit?

Betrayal”

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“You have been constantly in my thoughts.

Without you, I no longer feel quite whole.”

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“We should be spending more time together,

so that we can understand each other better.

I want to know you.”

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“So tired. Every time I close my eyes, they come…

demons. Clawing at my brain.

How can I get some peace?”

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“Do it! End it, please!…

I live in Hell.”

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“I loved her as you loved her!

I’ll never ask for your forgiveness.

I can’t forgive myself.”

(pictures courtesy of Richard Armitage Central)