Wednesday, March 14th
F3 brightens up "hump day"!
In fanfic, Maria Grazia presents an interview with Trudy Brasure and giveaway of her book, A Heart for Milton
• C.S. Winchester helps new authors get their feet wet writing fanfic
• In freeform, ChrisB continues the alphabet with "B is for Beard(?)?
• jazzbaby1 puts John Porter in the hands of Frank Spotnitz
• Agzy outs Armitage characters as dog lovers
• In fandom, fedoralady recommends the right tunes for your Armitage fanvid
• Rose Gisborne describes her Armitage day
• In the Hobbit, IngeD3 reveals the deeper meaning of the dwarfs' hoods
• Ana Cris reflects on Armitage and Maori ceremony
• In King Richard Armitage, Fabo offers some choices to play Anne Neville
Links to all FanstRA 3 posts appear here at the end of each day.
You will recognize that in the following title I explicitely speak of 'women' not one 'woman'!
Richard Armitage & Women
That Richard Armitage is aware of his fanbase, yesterday's article by Fabo Laktuko at her blog White Rose: Sincere and Simple Thoughts showed perfectly.
That Richard Armitage holds a special fascination, no fan will deny. But what makes Mr. Armitage so attractive to us women?
Women for one are notoriously curious, so his mystery certainly plays an immense part. But that certainly can't be all there is or he would not manage to attract such a large and manifold group of women over such a length of time.
We already saw that Mr. Armitage uses his fantasy and creativity, and thoughtful men are especially attractive.
His attention for detail (not only in his historic approach but in general to all his roles) and his persistence to achieve the best quality are further points to make Mr. Armitage appear reliable, stable and in general a good person to know.
In further articles, I will analyse, if the attractiveness has something to do with historical costume, varying hairstyle and will go deeper into the topic, if his historical interests have something to do with his exceptional attractiveness.
Because, to some extent, his fan-base is special:
- the age diversity of the group
- the connected group feeling
- the collective experience of fandom
- the supportiveness, not only towards the actor, but to each other as well
- the protectiveness for the actor
- for a lot of fans it is the first time they experience fan-fever ;o)
- the building of a helpful community all around the world supporting and caring for each group member
- and I am sure you can add lots more points to this enumeration ...
Other men tend to divide women. Men even cherish when women fight for their attention, as they feel attractive and sought after that way. (I will spare you the description of some of my more crass observations in that regard. It would not be pleasant.)
In contrast, Mr. Armitage tries to ascertain peace among his fans and fan-groups, which is a point of highest admiration for me.
His ability to inspire women, awaken their creativity, heighten their fantasy, which is due to creating an imaginative world full of ideals and better concepts. His unobtrusive way of affecting them by deep emotion and a layered and complex explanation for the actions of otherwise mere film-roles.
This all is very attractive to women, much more so than beauty, as, like most women know, beauty can be fake or enhanced or manufactured or just entirely be an illusion.
But every woman loves a good riddle and a complex individuality. As women tend to feel pressured by society rules, they also admire freedom and lived individuality.
A character with virtue, the ability to evoke a sense for a better world, an utopia which might come true, is more powerful than the most potent drug.
How Mr. Armitage has the ability to use that power so effectively, is far beyond my abilities to analyse, so here I can only state the facts, that he has and uses this power to quite some impressive effect. I unfortunately am not able to fully provide unbiased reasons of how and why, as I am affected as well ;o)
You will have recognized that in all my writing about Mr. Armitage and the attractions he holds for women, I needed not to mention the outer beauty of Mr. Armitage.
He possesses much more potent and irrevocable hooks for women.
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