Well, both the day job and my ME/CFS conspired against me this week, so I had neither the time not the energy to contribute to the 30 Day Richard Armitage Challenge, as I had planned. I have, however, spent a little more time thinking about my FanstRAvaganza 3 contributions. Fleshing out some ideas for possible posts got me thinking about the ethics of writing so publicly about somebody else’s life and work, and, not for the first time, about that thin line between between admiration and obsession.
According to the Oxford Dictionary sitting on my shelf, obsession is ‘an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind’. It was first used in Middle English in the sense of ‘to haunt/possess’, referring to an evil spirit. The word originated from the Latin ‘obsess-’, from the verb ‘obsidere’, which means ‘besieged’. That all sounds scarily negative for both the person doing the obsessing and the person being obsessed over but as I’m not thinking about Richard Armitage every seven seconds (yet!), I consider myself still on the right side of that dividing line.
I am, however, getting to be a little bit of an addict. Sure, I fell for Richard’s looks when I first saw him in Spooks, and this is certainly still a big part of his appeal for me, but what really got me hooked on him is his energy. Here’s a talented actor who is always on the go, has bags of determination and works incredibly hard to get where he wants to be. He prepares each part he plays meticulously, jumps in there and gives it his all. Perhaps it’s got something to do with the fact that my ME/CFS leaves me feeling a little drained on most days, but I’m a sucker for energy. Seeing Richard perform inspires me to pull myself together and push myself to regain, if not all, at least some of my former active life. He made me want to return to my more creative self. It was this urge for creativity that made me launch ‘A is for Armitage’. The idea that others had said plenty about Richard Armitage but that what had been said was perhaps still not enough. I wanted to be part of it, I wanted to contribute, I wanted a bit of that fun. Ah, you see… there we go again: Me, me, me! The true addict’s creed 🙂
Talking about having a little bit of fun. As I was pondering the chances of an addiction to Richard Armitage developing into a full flung obsession, I wondered what some of Richard’s fictional characters might have to say about that. Using a little audio clip from ‘Frozen’ Bccmee shared with us some time ago, I had a play in iMovie to create a short vid – with tongue firmly planted in cheek ;-‘)
[Richard Armitage headshot courtesy of RichardArmitageNet]