It’s May 2018.
The yearly Reel Infatuation Blogathon is just a few weeks away.
You have a character crush, or ten (we don’t judge, after all you’re only human), but don’t consider yourself a writer. Or, that kind of writer. Maybe it’s a matter of time, or timing. Perhaps you’re already doing an entry, but are burning to share a few more crushes with readers.
What a predicament!
Fortunately for you, there is another option.
Mary is back to tell you how to participate in this year’s blogathon without writing a post!
“Do you lack a blog, time, skill, or confidence? Don’t let one or more of those pesky facts get in the way of joining your best friends and most able acquaintances in this year’s Reel Infatuation Blogathon! All you need at your disposal is at least one #charactercrush, and a few spare minutes. No foolin’…”
It’s as easy as it sounds.
In the weeks leading up to the start of the blogathon, we’ll be sharing a selection of non-participating readers’ #charactercrushes on here and on our official Twitter and Facebook accounts.
How does it work?
We need 3 things:
- Character name/origin/actor (i.e. Han Solo/Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope/Harrison Ford)
- 1-3 sentences describing your crush
- Your name (first/first and last/user name/anonymous/whatever floats your boat)
You can submit this info in a few ways:
- By commenting directly on this post or the reblogged versions on A Small Press Life, Reel Infatuation, or Silver Screenings (check for those reblogs soon)
- By e-mailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org (perfect for those who wish to remain anonymous)
- By tweeting @reelinfatuation on Twitter (suggested hashtags: #2018reelinfatuationblogathon/#reelinfatuation/#charactercrush)
If you’re not writing a blog post, we sincerely hope you’ll consider spilling your juiciest crushes using this alternative platform. Why? Remember:
Fictional characters. Sometimes you like them, sometimes you loathe them, and sometimes you’re half in love with them. Want to get to know someone in a hurry? Swap character crush stories; it’s the ultimate icebreaker!
You’re pardoned if you thought that this year’s Reel Infatuation Blogathon was a no-go. Never fear! The announcement is late, but our enthusiasm for #charactercrushes is as strong as ever!
It’s time, once again, to dust off ye olde pens/pencils/keyboards, and get to crackin’ explaining why you love the fictional character(s) you do!
I’ll lead off this year’s confession fest by naming my pick for the blogathon. It’s none other than…
Mr. Artemus Gordon!
(But, more on that later…)
Ruth’s choice remains a mystery, probably because she’s been working overtime designing this year’s blogathon banners. She has really gone several steps above and beyond. Check ’em out!
Aren’t they just the best?
Whether you’re new to the RI Blogathon, or need a refresher, here is a primer.
When you’re ready to sign up, just leave a comment on this post or over on Silver Screenings.
We can’t wait to see your choices!
(Mary says, “Don’t keep ’em in suspense for too long! Sign up today.”)
Check back here for any pertinent updates. Other than that, we’ll see you in June.
I’m a bit late, but yesterday was the 35th anniversary of her death. She was a singular lady, that one.
Ohio’s own Doris Day is 96 years young today!*
*And a happy birthday to my lovely aunts Lauree and Linda, who share a birthday with Doris.
Happy birthday, Marlene Dietrich!
(27 December 1901)
My favorite mural is looking extra sharp after a recent repainting, so I thought I’d use it to wish a happy birthday to my favorite silent film actor and birthday mate, John Gilbert!
Another Reel Infatuation Blogathon has come and gone! The sharing of fictional crushes was, as always, almost too much fun. Thanks to all of the readers and bloggers who joined us this year.
Before you go, please check out these awesome entries from Day 3! If you participated and don’t see your entry here, or if you finish it after this post goes live, just let us know and we’ll add it!
LEMON SHARK: Spike (James Marsters) in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
PURE ENTERTAINMENT PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Jerry Flynn (Lew Ayres) in King of the Newsboys
REALWEEGIEMIDGET REVIEWS: Hank Moody (David Duchovny) in Californication
THE MIDNITE DRIVE-IN: Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
THE FLAPPER DAME: Paul Verrall (William Holden) in Born Yesterday
OLD HOLLYWOOD FILMS: Wally (Jack Carson) in Mildred Pierce
4 STAR FILMS: Christine Doinel (Claude Jade) in Stolen Kisses, Bed & Board, and Love on the Run
FILM MUSIC CENTRAL: Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in The Avengers and Thor
CARY GRANT WON’T EAT YOU: Doug (D.B. Sweeney) in The Cutting Edge
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CINEMA: Fred Derry (Dana Andrews) in The Best Years of Our Lives
LIFESDAILYLESSONSBLOG: Jamie and Claire Fraser–The Outlander book series
KM SCOTT’S THE CRAZY BACON SHOW: Rose (Lili Taylor) in Dogfight
FONT AND FROCK: Hamilton Burger (William Talman) in Perry Mason
Thanks so much to my co-hostest with the mostest, Ruth of Silver Screenings.
Integrity is not considered an aphrodisiac. It is usually given a place-setting at the moral banquet, but rarely makes an appearance during discussions of sex-appeal.
Rebels dominate this conversation. Six-pack abs and an air of danger are optional; attitude isn’t. But rebels, like all culturally celebrated things, don’t need my words in order to shine. They are ubiquitous in the American pop culture landscape. Finding them attractive and charming is not only acceptable, but, by this point, to be expected. It is, dare I say, the norm.
This brief post is my attempt at adding a faint notch in the other, largely overlooked column.
Here are ten bullet-pointed reasons why I have a crush on Hamilton Burger (William Talman), the beleaguered District Attorney on Perry Mason, who is the embodiment of the phrase I’m just doing my job. And his job–that of putting away criminals–is a worthy one. He’s not a hitman or kitten killer. He doesn’t whack old ladies on their kneecaps or push toddlers off of swings. He prosecutes suspected murderers.
- Hamilton Burger is a consummate professional. He never enters a courtroom less than fully prepared. His demeanor, although occasionally tetchy, is always proper. He follows the rules. Facing off against California’s most gifted defense attorney is difficult, but he holds his own. Only H.B. can approach Perry Mason in lawyerly skill. When he loses a case to P.M., he does so graciously…and is relieved by the fact that an innocent person is now free. Why? Because…
- His only goal is for justice to be served. Even when it is at the expense of his own prosecutorial record (which, let’s be real, must be perfect when he is not facing P.M., or he wouldn’t have a job). Which brings me to…
- He controls his ego, his ego doesn’t control him. Or he wouldn’t survive in an environment where P.M. constantly has the winning hand.
- His self-esteem is healthy. Losing to P.M. does not make him neurotic or doubtful. He maintains his self-worth regardless of what happens on the job, but is never arrogant.
- He is flexible and open-minded. H.B. changes his opinion as new facts are presented. He moves where the flow of information takes him, even when it is against his professional interests.
- He’s smart, and smart is sexy.
- He’s witty. H.B. has the perfect voice for, and a nice way with, sarcasm, which he uses often.
- He’s honest and upstanding. No one ever seriously doubts his integrity (including P.M.). He’s scrupulously ethical, and everyone knows it. True decency is a turn-on.
- There are no hard feelings. Burger and Mason are more-or-less friendly acquaintances outside of work. They respect each other and occasionally have post-case drinks together.
- He has a nice smile, and more lawyers should have smiles like his.
Perry Mason (1957-1966)-Starring: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins, and William Talman.