It’s said that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Gather ’round, people, I have a tale to tell of blogger influence in action. Due to a fellow blogger, RAFrenzy, I found two marvelous books that I might otherwise never have seen.
A few months ago, RAFrenzy was kind enough to stop by and leave a comment on a post. Now I’m the curious type and was intrigued by that blog name, so I followed the link back to RAFrenzy to determine what it was all about. It’s a fan blog devoted to talented British actor Richard Armitage (RA for short). On one side, there’s a list of hyperlinks of the work RA has done.
One of them was the British comedy, “The Vicar of Dibley,” a show featuring Dawn French as a lively female vicar in a remote country village largely populated by people a few cards shy of a full deck. And now I’m really puzzled. I didn’t remember this guy at all in that show, so I did some investigating. It turns out that RA played Harry Kennedy, the vicar’s love interest and eventual husband.
WHHHHAAAAAT??!! The vicar got married? When did that happen?
It happened during the show’s final episodes, which I hadn’t seen. And if you haven’t either, I highly recommend you watch “The Vicar of Dibley: The Handsome Stranger Part 5” on YouTube, which has the most hilarious reaction to a marriage proposal ever filmed in TV history. I didn’t stop laughing until three hours later.
RAFrenzy’s blog also says RA was in “North and South,” a BBC miniseries based on the book of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell. North and South is about John Thornton, a tough-minded cotton factory owner from northern England, who opposes and then falls for minister’s daughter Margaret Hale, a poor but idealistic woman from the south.
It reminded me a lot of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Here’s a brief video to give you an overview. (The entire miniseries is on YouTube, if anyone wants to watch.)
After watching the excellent miniseries, I got the book from the library to see if it was as good as the miniseries. I’m working my way through it and so far, so good. I also discovered that Gaskell wrote of The Life of Charlotte Brontë, and of course I had to check that out since I love Jane Eyre. So I have two literary treats in store in my near future, thanks to RAFrenzy.
And the funny thing about RA: For an actor I hadn’t known, that boy pops up everywhere now. He played the Nazi spy that blew up the lab after the transformation of Chris Evans in “Captain America,” and he’s also in “The Hobbit” as Thorin Oakenshield.
I guess the “Armitage Army” just got its latest recruit.