March 31st, 2012

fun & games


1. Leave a comment to this post - specifically saying that you would like a letter.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.

enigmaticblues gave me "M":

1. Maid Marian, in Robin of Sherwood: Robin of Sherwood is, and always will be, my favourite reimagining of the Robin Hood-legend, and Michael Praed my favourite Robin Hood bar none. Also, this was probably the first time that I was introduced to a Maid Marian that could hold her own and fight as well as the rest of the gang, as opposed to the delicate flower Marians in the earlier Hollywood films.

2. Maid Marian, in Maid Marian and her Merry Men: one of my favourite CBBC-series ever, so funny and original in turning the Robin Hood-legend on its head. This Maid Marian is passionate and idealistic, and consequently often blind to the bungling incompetence of the Merry Men she leads in her fight against injustice. I do like her, even if she can be a bit full-on at times. (Of course, I like the Sheriff of Nottingham even more in this series, but his name doesn't begin with M).

3. Merlin: most specifically, as imagined and portrayed in Mary Stewart's Merlin-trilogy of the 1970s, but also as the powerful, slightly sinister wizard of the mediaeval romances, and his latest incarnation, as the jug-eared, cute Merlin in the current BBC-series.
I loved the Arthurian tales as a child, and the figure of Merlin intrigued me from the start.
When Mary Stewart combined all the disjointed legends into a flowing narrative, I fell in love with the character forever.

4. Maedhros: I love flawed heroes, in literature and in films. There are many such in Tolkien's The Silmarillion, but Maedhros is the one that springs most readily to mind. Capable of steadfast love and friendship, and fiercely loyal, he is not above treachery and deceit when the oath he and his brothers swore demands he act against his better nature. I cried when he ended his torment by killing himself.

5. Mark Darcy: Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy was already a much-loved romantic hero of mine when Colin Firth took on the role in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and put his indelible stamp on the character. Helen Fielding's reimagining of the character as Bridget Jones's love interest, and Colin Firth's portrayal of him in the films (as if Fitzwilliam Darcy had made it anachronistically into the 1990s) make Mark Darcy my favourite matinee idol.
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