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Pre-Raphaelite fangirl squeee

OMGYESPLEASE!

I don't even care if it turns out to be rubbish. Most of these people were pretty thoroughly batshit IRL anyway. At the very least, it would be difficult to make them any more soaperrific than they actually were. (Though I make no promises not to mock them if Lizzie is as humorless as in certain past small-screen portrayals.) Plus, bonus Zoe Tapper! (As Effie Ruskin, yet.)

Waaaaaaaaaaaant! *grabbyhands*

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maiac
Jul. 6th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
But Christina Rossetti isn't in the cast list! How can they include Dante but not Christina? ::pouts::
wiliqueen
Jul. 6th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
That is an odd omission! I didn't notice -- I scanned the actor-name column for familiar names, but it didn't occur to me to see if all the key figures were present on the character side!

I have to think she'll be in there somewhere. It appears to be focusing on the original core PRB, but even so, I can't imagine making any sense of Gabriel without at least touching on his relationship with his mother and sister.
havocthecat
Jul. 6th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU! I was just about to comment about the same exact thing.

I have mad love for Christina Rossetti's poetry.
quasievil_bunny
Jul. 6th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Will have to see if I can find a kind soul on the Other Side of the Pond to nab this when it airs.
wiliqueen
Jul. 7th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Looking back at it, nobody's listed as Walter Deverell either. Wonder how they're going to gloss over him in introducing Lizzie to the circle.
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studiesinlight
Jul. 7th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Yes! And she succeeded -- with great determination, through all the humiliating Victorian obstacles -- in divorcing him and taking another famous artist husband, John Everett Millais, who... well, let's just acknowledge that they had a lot of children despite the late and challenging start. :-)

But if she's listed as Effie Ruskin, not yet Effie Millais...
wiliqueen
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
I have this longstanding mental image of Millais turning to Effie one day with the sudden realization of "Dear God, all our friends are COMPLETELY INSANE. How did that happen??"
studiesinlight
Jul. 8th, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
"You've noticed? Excellent, dear! You've come so far from thinking that dreary summer we spent in that cottage -- you and me and my former husband, when I was still married to him, you remember -- was in any way normal."

:-)

(Or do I have my monumentally repressed Victorians confused?)
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Nope, you've got the right ones. Ruskin was... well, he was Ruskin. %-/
havocthecat
Jul. 6th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
Dude! Want!
tricksterquinn
Jul. 6th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
This sounds great fun! Though I also am befuddled by the lack of Christina Rossetti.
studiesinlight
Jul. 7th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
>"it would be difficult to make them any more soaperrific than they actually were"

This is very exciting! I join in your PRB fangirling squee! Except I'm at work and snitching a quick dinnertime break, so I am limited even in following links very far. Can you imagine fictionalizing Effie and Ruskin's wedding night, and then a series surviving long enough to also fictionalize Effie and Millais's honeymoon? Lightning striking twice, that poor, poor woman... Can you imagine the historically inappropriate shipping? "No, you don't want to ship them, because..." :-)

The promo photo includes an actor I need over in Being Human. The two series wouldn't get in each other's way, would they? I... I don't know which I'd chose. And BH has an awfully lot in common with FK for me to even waver, I'd think, except that you can't beat historical fiction. Costumes! Research! Anachronisms! :-)
wiliqueen
Jul. 7th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
I thought he looked familiar! We've got hold of BH, but haven't actually watched it yet, just read a few articles/comments and see stills. (I was about to say, "Well, they've already recast Mitchell once," but you've had entirely too long a day for such flippancy.)

The IMDb entry is sparse in the extreme, but it looks to be just six episodes. Bouncing back and forth between series tends to be a bit easier to manage on the British model. :-)



studiesinlight
Jul. 8th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
Being Human
I wrote a whole big reply to this, and LJ ate it. :-P

In short: I've watched the series twice so far. Don't miss it. It's good on its own, as well as tastily FKriffic. I know nothing at all about the series off-screen, including casting decisions. I love that English-paragon George is Jewish, and black Irish Mitchell from generations past is apparently agnostic, and presumably C of E Annie's ancestors came from multiple parts of the empire.
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Being Human
I wrote a whole big reply to this, and LJ ate it. :-P

Drat! I did see your original review you when you started watching the series, if that's any consolation.

I've acutally been itching to watch it, but brainiacfive wants to watch it too, and things he wants to actually pay attention to have been precluded by his workload for the last six weeks or so. :-/

The recasting happened between the original pilot and the series. I'm unclear on whether the original pilot actually aired, or whether it was escaped into the wild via less legitimate channels, but I know several people who fell madly in love with it and had trepidation about the recasting. I don't recall seeing any horrendous disappointment in the event, but I might have missed it, as I was only half paying attention to the posts in question.
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