Fanstravaganza, Day 5!


You can still vote on my Vicar of Dibley polls from Days 1, 2, and 3. I’ll be taking votes until end of business on Tuesday, March 23rd. Kind comments are also welcome–especially if you have a different answer to the question than those offered below! And feel free to justify the answer you did give in the comments. Also check out my fan showcase with bZirk from Day 4.

Don’t forget to check out new polls at the blogs of the Fanstravaganzers (?) as well. Thanks to Nat for organizing this, developing the image above, and for inviting me to participate. I’ve been really grateful to meet such nice people. This event is designed to highlight the light-hearted aspects of this fandom, so focus on having fun, everyone!

The Spooks Fan Blog [blog defunct, spring 2015]

Today’s quiz focuses on the intellectual gains from watching Mr. Armitage’s work. I’m sure I am not alone in being exposed to interesting things that I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise because they came up in some context related to Armitage’s appearance. What have you looked at because one of his characters mentioned it?

~ by Servetus on March 20, 2010.

14 Responses to “Fanstravaganza, Day 5!”

  1. I confess – none of the above. I’ve looked at “Sunne in Splendour”; : and information about RIII. Also Tolkien. These are works he has mentioned in interviews rather than onscreen. (Heyer I am revisiting as I read them when I was a lot younger 🙂 )


  2. I looked at Birdsong and then put it on my reading list. Haven’t gotten to it yet.

    I had already read some LeCarre’ and also Thomas Hardy, but as I said in another comment, I’m going to reread Far From the Madding Crowd, and soon. 😀


  3. I was a horsy girl growing up, but confess to never having read Jill’s Gymkhana, although I probably read many books in that genre. I read Enlish Lit at university and have allowed myself to become inspired by North and South to reread the book and a biography on Elizabeth Gaskell. I borrowed the Clarissa dvd from the library last week and actually looked up which Chris Ryan our local library here in Norway has, but alas no Strike Back. It would seem that Richard’s roles are directing my cultural activities in a major way recently!


  4. I meant to try to figure out how to be able to vote for more than 1 and to include a “none” button, but I forgot. Oh well, next time.

    Mulubinba, I also read all of Heyer as a 13-year-old. Want to write about that here, and how “Sylvester” brings back memories.

    bZirk: I’ve started reading Birdsong and am bemused. I’ll have something to say about it eventually, too.

    MillyMe: same with me — Jill’s Gymkhana was not a standard in the U.S., but there were plenty of “horsey” books for young girls that I did read. And I just found the crate with my copy of Clarissa. It”s about 1/3 longer than I remembered! And after seeing that juicy trailer, I’ll be buying the Chris Ryan book, I suppose. It’s not my usual thing but as a faithful researcher I need to make sure I collect all of the sources.


  5. I could have added Zadie Smith’s On Beauty, which Geraldine mentions later in the episode. I read that a few years ago and loved it.


  6. None for me, but I already read the Hardy book. I totally missed the reference to Birdsong? but I’ve only seen this show on Youtube so perhaps it was cut?
    I have made a manip of Harry though! My first try with layers on Photoshop!


  7. Looking for Sunne in Splendour. Has anyone read Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time? This, by a great mystery author sparked my fascination with Richard III, and led to becoming member of the Canadian branch of the Richard III Society as an undergrad.


  8. Sorry, just wanted to mention one other thing: the music for the various Armitage works. N&S, OF COURSE. Theme for Marian – is it hyperbole to compare it with Lara’s Theme? Spooks, etc. etc.

    Mr. Armitage mentioned being a fair singer in one interview. That voice would be interesting to hear. Not everyone with lovely speaking voice can sing on key. (Thinking of the baritones in my family couldn’t hit a note, most of them!)


  9. Phylly3: you go girl! It’s neat how many people in this fandom are using their fascination to develop new skills.

    fitzg: I’ve occasionally used Daughter of Time in my classes to discuss modes of historical interpretation. It’s a fantastic work of popular history, the kind I’d really like to write. re singing: it sounds like (from what I have read) that he was trained for singing in musical theatre. This is a very specific style of singing–such singers are trained for basic pitch, high volume, and blending in with the other singers, rather than for the individual interpretation and vocal quality of a solo singer–I am sure he sings pleasantly, though.


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  11. My goodness, all that RA related watching, reading and listening – do you ever sleep?! Tempted to ask whether William Blake is on your reading list, given that Lucas North is enamoured with him.


  12. Skully: that’s a really hard sell for me. Until recently I wrote another blog that had as an occasional feature “worst poems,” and there were a few Blake ones on there. I am going to try again, though.


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