Fictional crush challenge – day 9

10 days, 10 fictional crushes
Post an image of a fictional character who has been or still is your crush. No names or explanations needed. TV, movie, book, comic, cartoon characters are valid.

John Thornton (Richard Armitage) from the BBC’s 2004 adaptation of North and South. To anyone who reads here regularly this isn’t a surprise, I think. Four years ago, around my 10 year anniversary of crushing on Richard Armitage, I already wrote about first meeting John Thornton. It was “Look back… look back at me” that sealed the deal and forever stole my heart. That fourth episode really was everything. And oh my goodness, has it really been 14 years? I feel extra old now.

John Thornton awakened my interest in Richard Armitage, John Thornton inspired me to write fan fiction, John Thornton inspired me to go online and check out message boards and Armitage-related websites and blogs, John Thornton inspired me to actually read Elizabeth Gaskell for the first time, John Thornton still inspires me to watch some of or all of North & South again from time to time and John Thornton is on my bedroom wall (signed by Richard Armitage himself.)

For a while I thought it was only John Thornton who interested me but I have come to accept that it is something more than just John Thornton that keeps me hanging around Richard Armitage. I still can’t put my finger on what quality it is exactly that keeps me interested but I do know that whatever it is, Richard used it very effectively when he portrayed Mr. Thornton. Even now, after 14 years, a few looks at John Thornton’s intense gaze and furrowed brow can still make my heart skip a beat.

I used to watch a lot of N&S fan videos in those days and years when I first became a fan and later even made fan videos myself. I never made an N&S fan video (maybe I should rectify that situation but then again there already are so many good ones out there, it feels redundant now) but I have always enjoyed watching good John Thornton ones. This is one of those videos I have always loved, it has a lot of the captivating John Thornton gazes in it. The video was made by Delicateblossom who was one of my fave fan video makers at the time when she used to make them.

John Thornton will hold a piece of my heart forever. Sigh.

9 thoughts on “Fictional crush challenge – day 9

  1. Esther JT is an excellent choice
    I see new meaning and subtlety in his performance every time I view it
    Look back at me is my fav too now
    I actually love when John and Margaret are verbal sparring!
    The fan videos really were fantastic for me two plus years ago in delving into the Armitage world 🤗❤️

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    1. At some point, I stop watching the fanvids because they become repetitive (only so many images and scenes to choose from) but I do love a well made fan video.
      Yes, John Thornton remains one of Richard’s best and most nuanced performances.

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  2. just read your Crucible experience-his stage door demeanor seems pretty much the same at Uncle Vanya which makes me feel better!
    Mr Thornton is absolutely crush worthy, he looks so beautiful in this series and i love his interplay with Margaret, Fanny and his Mother the best.

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    1. Yes, he’s always been a quick signer, but at The Crucible I felt he took a smidge more time than he did at UV. After all, he didn’t only sign 3 things, he also posed for that picture and took a few seconds to wait for us to get it right.
      Yes, on the interplay! I also love his interactions with Higgins in the 4th episode.


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