[Edit: Late addition of bonus picture. Scroll to bottom]
Today the RAflash fan event “I saw something fine” comes to a close. With Europe a few hours ahead of the US I may be a bit early with my personal conclusion to our little in-fandom event. Apologies! There will probably be more posts during the day, so keep your eyes out for #RAflash.
In the last day or two a fine “seeing” occasion has been much discussed and shown within the fandom. The staged reading of Pinter/Proust in New York was certainly a true “I saw something fine” moment, from what I can gather. There was “seeing” an exciting dramatization of a novel, as reinterpreted by Pinter and then staged by director Di Trevis. But then of course there was “seeing” an amazing actor getting on stage again – and not only cutting a
hot nice figure up there, but apparently acting convincingly and stirringly. As well as that, we saw some very nice fan-RA-interaction after the event, with Mr A kindly engaging with his fans and insisting on seeing all who wished to see him, despite security intervention. All of which certainly has reinforced the “fineness” I originally perceived when I initially became interested in following Mr A’s career more closely.
I’d like to bring my contribution to RAflash to a close with a last post that is inspired by the interaction at the fringe of the Pinter/Proust performance – my observation of RA’s interaction at the Hobbit Premiere in Berlin. I’ll make it short because I have written about my own remote encounter at the red carpet in Berlin before (here and here)
and at this point it looks like I am flogging a dead horse. In truth, I just came across a couple of pictures that I have been meaning to show on my blog, but never got ’round to. So I am appropriating them for a post in this series with however tenuous a connection.
I saw something fine. I saw an attentive, patient actor who made an effort to fulfil his
fans’ well-wishers’ demands hopes for attention and autographs, for selfies and smiles. And all that in a fine drizzle *shudders* and with the knowledge that 70 metres of red carpet were still ahead of him, plus an interview looming. While possibly wanting nothing more than to be with his family who were attending, too.
Right. That’s it for moi and flashing. It’s been a hoot – and I can only say it’s been great to see people responding to the impromptu fan event. I’ve learned a lot about my fellow fan’s own descent into hell, which characters enthralled them and when the obsession hit, why they have a soft spot for the man behind the characters and what made them turn their quiet
sobbing admiring into public drooling fangirling. Personally, I have loved finding out that it was such a similar story for a lot of us. And I have found a few new blogs to subscribe to. Bonus: I have seen more examples of fine-ness to sustain the lasting fascination. Worthy? Deffo!
All the RAflash goodness has been kindly collated by the creator of the event, RAFrenzy, on the RAflash.com site. A massive big thanks to Frenz for suggesting it and for taking on the organisation of it. I think it has been worth it!
BONUS: The hoped-for “seeing” of the sign – image by the lovely L___, the Cumberbabe with whom I bonded on my bench and whom I nearly converted to the Army 😉