Thursday, May 25, 2017

Robin Hood Week Tag

Thanks to Olivia at Meanwhile, In Rivendell..., I've gotten back from a two-week trip (and consequent internet break) just in time to catch the second half of Robin Hood Week. Time to wax nostalgic about good-looking men beating each other up. Here goes the tag:

What was your first exposure to Robin Hood?

The animated Disney movie, one of those movies that I don't remember watching for the first time because it was so long ago and I watched it so many times. On VHS, of course.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how big a fan are you?

5? I'm into it more than the average person, and I love the swashbuckling idea of a bunch of guys partying and sneaking around and stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. But I haven't seen every version, and I read the book so long ago that I don't remember it very well. So I'm not a die-hard fan, just like I'm not a die-hard fan of Tolkien because I could never make it through The Silmarillion. *hides*

How many versions and spin-offs of the legend have you experienced?

Five. The Disney version, Prince of Thieves, and the BBC version *blissful nostalgic sigh*. Ah yes, and the original book. I read it when I was eight or so and I loved the ending. It was depressing but epic and very, very fitting.

And Leverage, if that counts...? I've only watched the first few episodes but it's growing on me.

What is your favorite version of Robin Hood (can be book, movie, TV series, anything)?

The BBC show, if you haven't guessed. It's cheesy and my parents claim that the acting is "worse than Merlin," which to them means a lot. But it's nostalgic for me because I watched it a couple years ago, and the visuals are gorgeous, and the cheesiness is the over-the-top kind  that I love in Pirates of the Caribbean and Merlin.

Prince of Thieves gets second place, if only for Alan Rickman:

Are you one of the lads? (Meaning, have you watched/are you a fan of the BBC show?)

Are Twinkies delicious?

Who is your favorite Merry Man?

Allan in the BBC version. His character arc is painful but rich, and he is rather good-looking. Not that that matters, of course. Hehe.

And the fact that he fits my conflicted-Flynn Rider-type crush complex doesn't hurt.

"I'm not being funny, but..."

Do you have a favorite portrayal of Lady Marian?

Lucy Griffith in, of course, the BBC version. She's not my favorite actress but she's pretty and has beautiful costumes, and Robin cares about her which makes me care. And she's more of a get-up-and-go character than the other Lady Marians I have seen portrayed.

Do you have any interest in or aptitude at archery?

Interest, yes--if I can play with Hawkeye's exploding arrows. *evil grin* As for aptitude, I'd rather not talk about that, thank you very much.

Fact or fiction -- which do you think? 

Huh, this question is the first time I've ever thought about Robin Hood being real--it was always just a legend to me. I think it's better that way because I'm sure the real-life version would have been a lot more grimy and frightening and sweaty and slow-moving and morally conflicting than the story version.

Do you think Robin Hood has been "done to death," or are there still new twists that can be found?

A sci-fi Robin Hood would be cool, like what Marissa Meyer did with fairy tales in the Lunar Chronicles.

Something this awesome can never be done to death.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Take a moment.

Turn off whatever music system you have going--Pandora, iTunes, Spotify, or a plain old CD player--and listen.

Listen to the silence.

Notice the new sounds around you, no longer covered by the music. The wind faintly rushing by outside, barely heard through the window. The clock ticking behind you that you only just notice now. The motorcycle revving up on a distant highway.

And the new visuals. The late afternoon sunlight streaming through the window, leaving shadowy evidence of the bush right outside. The computer screen in front of you that suddenly has a lot of dust on it. The green grass just poking up from its brown ancestors outside the window.

Smells. Musty old room. A slight freshness from outside.

Feelings. The ache in your back from sitting in such an uncomfortable position. Your muscles that are restless from not getting exercise today. That weird lump in your throat that seems to signal that you're about to cry, but you don't.

And I'll leave tastes to you.

In the silence, life is more real than the screen in front of you.

That is why silence is hard. And that is also why silence is necessary.