I haven’t forgotten you, Richard III!
Well, of course we don’t know that Armitage will ever play Richard III — but this week was really a week for Thorin Oakenshield. If there were a Richard Armitage version of Richard III out there in spe, he would have been jealous of all the attention he lost to Thorin, especially just as the Leicester excavation project produced such apparently specular results. So this post tries to make up for that, a little, I hope.
Updates with technological suggestions regarding the planned Sunne in Splendour group read are found at the end of this post. A reminder that the event begins September 30th.
If Richard III himself is getting restless, the fans are getting restless, too, as evidence at Richard Armitage Confessions shows:
Source: Richard Armitage Confessions
Source: Richard Armitage Confessions
And I kind of suspect this is a moment when a lot of things may be going on behind the scenes. So does Frenz, apparently, in her urging to Armitage to strike while the iron is hot. One indication we’ve all seen — this really strangely worded supplement to the Leicester Mercury published by the University of Leicester naming Armitage as one of the most influential native sons. Trying to make him look British — and thus affordable and high cultural — and not Hollywood — and thus not expensive and fantasy hero –, much?
Two Richard III tidbits from bloggers who support the King Richard Armitage fan initiative:
- Cute, h/t Grati: Leicester second graders share their awareness of Richard III.
- Fabo reproduces (and links to further information about) some Richard III fan art in a beautiful Art Deco style by Emma Vieceli — that incidentally also very much let me visualize how Armitage might look in this role.
A snippet forwarded by Kathrynruthd from last week’s Sunday Times about the person on whose DNA the identification rests:
So, yeah, given the current circumstances, the opportunity to realize this project looks better than ever, and I imagine that if people with influence are looking for indices of popular interest, they’re aware of the fan petition to have Armitage involved in such a project. I’m assuming that since I’ve been begging for your signature for a year now, if you’re going to sign, you probably have already. We’re now up to 970 signatures (our goal was 1,000 for King Richard Armitage Week 2012, so we really did make a lot of progress, with about 100 signatures garnered up to that week). If you haven’t signed, do it and push us over 1,000, a nice round number.
But the whole purpose of the website is not the collection of signatures, even if that’s the step we recommend. Indeed, if you want the best selection of accurate and current information on Richard III in the news, the place to go is that website — to which you can subscribe via email.
For instance, this month you find there:
- This page aggregates all relevant press coverage.
- a link to the live footage to the news conference announcing the find.
- Latest news, including links to information about the brewing battle about where the remains will be buried if they are affirmed as authentic. There’s also a link to really hilarious sketch, “Richard III: My Car Park Years.”
- And KRA remains neutral on the plan to bury the remains anywhere in particular. My suspicion is that if the bones are solid enough, there’ll be a state funeral and he’ll be buried in Westminster, but I’ve been wrong before. I know Kathrynruthd has a bet in place already for somewhere else.
And now, on to the collective read!
The book is Sharon Kay Penman’s The Sunne in Splendour, the historical novel that (via his father) inspired Richard Armitage to pursue a Richard III project. If you have yet to buy it, by following these links (UK) and (US) to amazon via RichardArmitageNet.com, you can generate a commission that will be donated to charity.
During the week before the discussion, participants may post quotes to twitter and to the relevant facebook pages, but no spoilers! Discussion begins with chapters 1-5, which are to be read before the discussion. (Do you see me me letting my professor hang out there?)
For pros who already know how to use Twitter and/or have participated in an #ArmitageWatch event in the past, here are all the details in their simplest, most unadorned versions. The hashtag is #RA4R3, and the schedule follows the #GuyWatch and #LucasWatch evening times for North America.
Times are here, with my understanding that fans in Australian and NZ (where it will be Monday morning) can make the necessary calculations off U.S. times.
For those who can’t or don’t want to participate in real time or on Twitter (I’m thinking especially Europeans, eek, 2 and 3 a.m. for most of Europe) information on the Group Read can be found at the event page at Facebook, though note the reading schedule at the Institute of Armitage Studies facebook page is apparently one week ahead. About 40 people are listed as probable participants. I have to admit I’m not clear from that info where exactly the comments are to be left, but there are only two places, so it shouldn’t be hard to find the discussion once it starts.
The discussion, I’m told by Fanny, is intended to be freeform with no advance questions or themes. When you get there, drop your impressions and the things you want to talk about into your tweets or onto FB, and discussion will take on shape from there based on the desires of the participants.
For those who know little to nothing about Twitter, but want to learn, it’s not so hard.
Sign up for a Twitter account, then go to tweetchat and enter the hashtag, and you should be all set to tweet.
Did that sound like Greek to you? I know it did to me and I’ve been tweeting for over a year now.
BUT: A great post here links to explanations of how to tweet and how to use the tweetchat function. It links you to information about how to start using Twitter, about what a hashtag is (the text you put in every message or “tweet” to allow other users with similar interests to find you, which always starts with “#”) and how to use a hashtag in tweetchat in order to find the “room” where the conversation is taking place and make sure you’re in it.
For newbies unfamiliar with twitter, I really recommend that you do use tweetchat. My biggest issue with Twitter as a beginner was that the information flow was simply overwhelming; using the tweetchat room (with the #RA4R3 hashtag) will streamline the information that reaches you and make sure it’s only about this group read. And apparently, tweeting from that room also guarantees that the hashtag will be added correctly to your posts, so it makes it easier to stay in the conversation.
In case you can’t figure out how to get there yourself, the tweetchat “room” for this event will be here.
I hope that helped at least a little.
I’m going to be accompanying the event with a weekly quiz question — yes, I’ve been warned my last questions were way too hard! I’ll try to make it easier this time. Because I can’t usually do anything in real time on Sunday evening, as I’m preparing for class on Monday, I will also attempt to follow the event with periodic blog entries.