Let joy be unconfined: or, finally happy about the hype
This photo was linked on RichardArmitageNet.com this morning so I assume everyone has seen it.
Park Avenue, Manhattan, October 2012. Source: TORn on FB.
This kind of thing is potentially a step up from Strike Back posters all over London that stare into your colleague’s bedroom and make your stomach churn when you see them.
I saw this yesterday out of the corner of my eye, and I thought, “Oh, my, Mr. Armitage — no more jetting off to skulk anonymously through the clubs of New York City for you!”
Then again, as long as he doesn’t wear long, braided hair (which probably would raise red flags for a bouncer, anyway), he might be okay. I’d suggest to him that, as much as I love brown-haired boy-next-door Armitage, he color his hair darker again and wear it John Porter short.
Like the English and Prussian soldiers in the poem from which the title comes, I feel, we’re listening now to the booming in the distance. Perhaps Mr. Armitage is as well.
I concede that I’m occasionally annoyed by moments of this process. The entity that’s producing the adorable Thorin Oakenshield plush toy — which I purchased — raised the price for the item somewhat this week, and added the following message to the item’s page:
That bugged me somewhat less than this, which appeared on a different, much more expensive item offered for sale this week by the same entity:
Everyone’s gotta market, I suppose, and the fact that mass consumption has been a marker of identity at least since the mid-seventeenth century is uncontested, although the whole “how much of a TRUE … fan” thing really raised my hackles.
Nonetheless, watching the entire process from inside the fandom (as opposed to witnessing it develop afterwards, which has been my role with regard to his other roles), I have to admit that I feel a continuing sense of euphoria and pleasure about it, a sense of belonging, an intuition of triumph (even though I haven’t really done anything).
Every time a new article mentions that Richard Armitage will be a breakout star, every time I notice that a venue that would have limited itself to mentioning Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman two years ago is now including Armitage’s name in its coverage, every time I see a new ad, I think, wow, he’s finally getting the recognition of his talent, hard work, and ethics that he deserves. That little bit of luck he needed to have all this revealed has finally turned in his direction.
It just all makes me so happy. I hope it makes you happy, too, Mr. Armitage!
My joy over this is truly unconfined!