Now I will have to go see it! Oh and some other guy named Channing Tatum.
Category: ‘Sean Bean’
SPOILER ALERT – DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE ALREADY READ ALL 5 BOOKS!
First let me say that I am a voracious reader. I stormed through the Hobbit, followed by the Lord of the Rings when I was 13 years old. Imagine my pleasure to discover George RR Martin’s epic series of novels A Song of Ice and Fire! I raced through all five books in virtually no time at all! I found them vastly superior to Tokien’s trilogy in that they contain far more detail of the lands and cultures, as well as far more capriciousness and thus realism in the outcomes of good versus evil. Also, the trilogy is completely sexless; while with Martin’s books this is hardly the case.
At first, I used the Game of Thrones television program to follow who the characters were, since there were so many. The plot unfolds in the land of Westeros, as the ruling king is killed by a boar while hunting drunk, as usual, and all the lords of Westeros vie for the Iron Throne. All this time, we are warned that Winter is coming, this in a land where seasons can last lifetimes and Winters are severe enough to starve entire peoples. The characters are diverse and compelling, as good and pure as can be to as evil and hateful as can be.
One of the leaders from the North, Lord Ned Stark of Winterfell, who is played by Sean Bean on the TV series, was a long supporter of King Robert Baretheon, and figures out that the king’s sons are illegitimate and Queen Cersei Lannister has had them with her adulterous lover, her own twin brother Ser Jamie Lannister [yikes! incest!]. But, the eldest child of this incest, Prince Joffrey Baretheon, rises to power and when Ned is arrested for treason by the queen’s lackey, the prince childishly exclaims “Off with his head!” simply because he can. No one fears to deny him this and Ned is beheaded. End of book 1! Oh my! To make an analogy, this would be like killing off Frodo or Gandalf in book 1 of the trilogy! Who will rise to carry on for the good guys now? [Of course this is a very simplistic view of book 1, since there is so much more going on simultaneously...]
But this is what I love about Martin’s work! It is full of surprises and leaves one guessing at every step! Plus, how realistic is it that the good guys lose? It seems to happen every day in my world. There is a saying: “Only the good die young.” Martin seems to love taking our beloved characters away. He also kills off Khal Drogo, played by Jason Momoa, in the savage Eastern lands, after we have finally fallen in love with him, as had his young female bride, Daenarys Targaryen. But then after he has died, and from his funeral pyre ashes rise three baby dragons; making the books even more alluring.
In the latest book, Daenarys is having trouble controlling the dragons, read: one of them had taken to eating children, and she had kept the two of them she could capture locked up in a palace basement. They escaped, when a rejected suitor tried to steal them. He was “toasted” to death for his troubles. At the end of the fifth book she was riding the “eating children” one [Drogon] and sharing his meals with him as her ancestors did, since she is a dragon-rider. I am so hooked on these books! Plus I really want to know the fate of the current Ned Stark’s bastard at the wall, Jon Snow. Also, I would like to know what is going on with Arya and Sansa Stark who were not updated lately.
Mr. Martin’s tale is so complex now, that he cannot update the entire narrative in one book of over 1,000 pages. Incredible! What an imagination the man must have! I am in awe of his brain and creative powers.
I am also impressed with Martin’s philosophy on life as objectified in these books. It is so complex as to defy description and as such I believe it mirrors true life. If it weren’t for Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf, so well played by Peter Dinklage, I would not see the artist’s hand in this at all. Tyrion survives. Lusty, drunken, scheming, but good hearted underneath it all, Tyrion survives. I think that Martin relates to Tyrion out of the entire cast the most. He is ugly to maidens, but lovable. His entire situation and life is ironic. He is short in stature, but incredibly smart. So many times, Tyrion has escaped the jaws of death so narrowly, it is amazing! He may yet be king! Who knows!
Winter is coming and I cannot wait! I hear book six is expected this fall. I cannot recommend these books strongly enough to any who have not read them. Though I guess I have kind of ruined the plot for you! My bad!
SEAN BEAN – In a flash! Wow, what an actor! I would watch him shovel dog shit. Plus I would fuck him right after. Yup, that’s how much I crave this man. Well, maybe after he showered. Hmm. Maybe not.
JAVIER BARDEM – He won the Academy Award for my heart! The man is pure Spanish sexiness! In his most recent movie “Eat Pray Love”, he plays Brazilian hunk Felipe who asks Julia Roberts to share her life with him and she chooses her balanced life instead. STUPIDO! I don’t need a guru to know that it is all JAVIER!!!! I would say “Sim!” every time! “SIM! SIM! SIM!”
DANIEL CRAIG – Bond, James Bond. I adore his blue eyes. I would play spy versus spy for him any time he wanted. He could chase me, wrestle me to the ground as I pretend to resist him; any game to please Daniel. Plus the man can act. Sigh. I am in lust.
JOE MANGANIELLO – [True Blood's werewolf Alcide] WOOF! He can be my wolf man any time! Slurp! Say no more!
So Lord Damien, thanks so much for this very fun meme!
I got this meme from Paul over at Melodramatic Diary of a Cynic. It is a list of celebrities that I would sleep with in spite of the fact that I am married. [I hope Sean didn't hear that. I'm sure he has a list too.]
Without further ado, here they are:
1) Sean Bean – OMG! I would faint in his presence. I’ve got it so bad for him. What an actor! It is all about his face, voice and accent. As I have said many times before, I would watch this man shovel dog shit. He needs to quit smoking before it ages his skin anymore though. Just hit the label at the end of this post to hear me sing my praises for his work.
2) Chris Meloni – Cuff me Detective Stabler, I’ve been a bad girl! At least I want to be, with you! Sigh! Look at that body! I could die! Need I say more?!?!?
4) Clive Owen – It is all about the face and size with this one. I loved him in King Arthur with Keira Knightley; they were so hot together. I picture him being hung like a horse.
5) Daniel Craig – Bond, James Bond. But, so much more. Crystal clear blue eyes and great acting as well. No fear as to what parts to accept. I find that exciting. He could keep his shoes under my bed.
Avast maties! On last Friday night, I watched the two hour premiere of Crusoe based on the classic novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. What can I say? If you want to get lost in an island paradise loaded with pirates, gold, often shirtless hotties, beaches, blue water, tree-houses loaded with gadgets, and the occasional shots of fetching seventeenth century babes as well as Sean Bean (YUM and brilliant acting, as in I would watch the man shovel dog shit) as his father James then this show is for you. I got swept away by the eye candy even though most of it is pretty insipid.
This is definitely the handsomest Robin Crusoe yet, played by Philip Winchester (hubba, hubba) and his costar, Friday, played by Tongayi Chirisa, is easy on the eyes as well. Sam Neill also stars as the evil Jeremiah Blackthorn. Robin pines for his wife, Susannah (the willowy and doe-eyed Anna Walton) whom he left behind with his two adorable children under the dubious care of Jeremiah. This was not in the book but is a fine addition here else 28 years of battling pirates and cannibals would get pretty dull. Note: easy way to tell who the bad guys are; they all have yellow teeth.
The show airs on NBC at 9:00 PM on the East Coast.