Fictional crush challenge – day 6

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.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) from Star Trek – The Next Generation. I thought I didn’t like science fiction but then I met Mr Esther and he loved watching Star Trek so I gave in and watched with him. Yes, he’s responsible for getting me hooked on Captain Picard. The captain was badass, yet fair and noble, and his baldness was inexplicably sexy, as was Patrick Stewart’s voice – oh, how I still love that! Every time the intro came on I asked Mr Esther to stay quiet and turn up the volume so that I could savour Picard’s delectable voice saying: “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before!

Yes, I admit to having watched the above clip at least a dozen times before this post went live, with the sound turned way up on my headphones and my eyes closed when the captain speaks, so that I could savour Captain Picard speaking in my ear over and over again. I don’t do audiobooks, not even Richard Armitage ones, but for Captain Picard I might be able to make an exception. Maybe it’s the combo of the voice and that awesome music but to this day my insides crumble when I listen to Jean-Luc in that intro.

We have yet to watch the new Picard series that has been made…

… and we will do so pretty soon, I think and hope.

Fictional crush challenge – day 5

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.

As I get to day five of this challenge, I realize I am way too chatty to post these crushes without explanations. This one gets an explanation too.

This is Dr. David Ratcliffe (Brett Climo) from the Australian TV series The Flying Doctors which ran from 1986 to 1992. David arrived at the beginning of season 5 and I didn’t want to like him when he first came on. He seemed generic and I felt was only brought in as a cute face for the women to fawn over but he really grew on me and became one of my fave characters. I was therefore also duly traumatized when he was killed at the beginning of season 8. I had not seen that one coming at all. I have all the episodes and re-watched that one recently for the first time in years – it still brought tears to my eyes! The show was really starting to flounder at that time, so I guess he did leave at the right time.

David was also the first character that inspired me to write fan fiction. Nothing typed, it was all handwritten in a notebook. I didn’t know it was called fan fiction at the time, I just wanted David to find someone to love. He was unlucky in love on the show and I wanted to correct that. So, I wrote a story about a young writer fleeing a scandal (I can’t quite remember what scandal) at home in England and flying across the world to Australia. She tours the Outback and becomes ill (or maybe has an accident? I can’t recall that either). David is her doctor and as she recovers she comes to love the town of Coopers Crossing where the Flying Doctors are situated. She tries to deny her feelings for David but decides to stay anyway, finding a job (I want to say in the town library that I think I invented), all the while hiding her past from the townspeople. Of course along the way she also becomes great friends with Kate and Geoff, a couple on the show that I ‘shipped’ really hard (also an unknown and I think even still uninvented term at the time). I don’t think I ever finished the story but in my memory it was awfully good. I must still have it somewhere…

Fictional crush challenge – day 4

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.

Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie) from the 1986 movie Labyrinth which I saw at the impressionable age of 16. Jareth was evil but completely mesmerizing to me. I liked the movie well enough but fell in love with Jareth. It could have been the intense, sexy stare…

… or the way he moved.

… or the knowing, evil smile…

… or the pants that showed off his… erm… lean long legs so nicely.

I think this is the only truly evil character I have ever crushed on, maybe because, in a twisted way, he seemed to be acting out of love as well. So, to hell with evil. I figured if I were the girl in the movie I’d just dump the baby and stay in dreamland with Jareth and lose myself in his eyes. There was more than enough there to confuse and attract a 16 year old girl and give her a lot to ponder over.

I had noticed Bowie a few years before through Let’s Dance and China Girl and really liked those but after Labyrinth I became obsessed with Jareth for a little while and then even more so with David Bowie himself. Come to think of it, the leap from Jareth to Ziggy Stardust wasn’t that huge…

Here, watch some videos if you are so inclined…

Yes, camp, but mesmerizing too, no?

Fictional crush challenge – day 3

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.

Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) in To Kill a Mockingbird. I will never forget when I first read the book in the summer of 1985 when I was 15 and we were on holiday in Ireland. I found it in a Dublin bookstore and bought it and read it because as a Gregory Peck fan I knew that he had won an Oscar for the movie adaptation. I hadn’t seen the movie yet, so only had very rudimentary information about the story (this was in the days before the internet after all). It’s the only book I can recall reading instantly again. When I say instantly I really do mean instantly. I read the last sentence and then immediately turned to the first page and started reading it all over again. It’s been an absolute favourite book of mine ever since and I completely love the character of Atticus Finch, in a daddy crush kind of way. I didn’t see the movie itself until a few years later and yes, Peck was indeed the perfect embodiment of Atticus.

Fictional crush challenge – day 2

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.

When I was 9 years old I had two abridged, youth version books of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre which I loved. The one had details in the story the other didn’t have so I used to read them both and I read them often. One of the abridged books had drawn illustrations and the other had pictures of the 1973 BBC TV mini series in it. I developed a crush on Mr. Rochester and studied those photos extensively, picturing the character of Rochester with this face. It would be at least another 25 years before I would finally actually see the 1973 adaptation.

I have seen many more Rochesters besides Michael Jayston since I first read the abridged book and later the original version.

Orson Welles, George C. Scott, Timothy Dalton, William Hurt, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Stephens, Michael Fassbender, Felix Hayes, Tim Delap. And hmmmm, as I type this the day before it gets posted and look over at the couch to Mr. Esther (who is sporting his ‘corona beard’) he gives me Mr Rochester vibes as well, i.e. the bearded version as portrayed by Hayes and Delap for the National Theatre.

Anyway, each of these Rochesters brought to life by actors had their pros and cons and I don’t have the patience to go into all of that now, it would take too long. Suffice it to say that my fascination with Mr. Rochester, warts and all, remains intact to this day.