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We - as in Letty - have the opportunity to interview Bernard Cornwell! And, Letty has graciously offered the opportunity to ME !!! It will be an email interview - that's a bit disappointing, we get so much more out of a verbal conversation; but nonetheless.
When this first came up, Letty had the great idea of making it a 'group' interview with questions from all of us who love "Our BC" (a very appropo moniker, also courtesy of Letty). So ...
If you had the chance, what would you like to ask Mr. Cornwell? (Shelley, you cannot monopolize this thread, nor can you offer to be his gate guard while he writes another Uhtred book. It just wouldn't be fair to your family.)
Who is/are your favorite BC characters?
Favorite trilogy or series?
What do you like most about his books?
Can you remember what your first BC book was?
Anything else you can think of that would make this interesting for him ...and the results interesting for us, please let me know!
Heck Kelly! You had the interview nearly complete with the suggestions you sent me.
I think I would like to know about his Sharpe's Children Foundation.
Of course, The Saxon Chronicles are my fave.
I was particularly taken with his portrayal of the bowmen that truly won Agincourt.
His characters always seem to be honorable men who find rules bothersome. I wonder if this is part of his personality the Rebel?
My first BC book... I think it was Harlequin? Can't remember the US release title.
I can't wait to see the interview.
I'll have to think about interview questions -- but here are the answers to your questions:
Who is/are your favorite BC characters? Well, it would have to be Richard Sharpe -- he was my first and is the one I have spent the most time with, having read AND listened to all 21 books at least once -- and having watched over 25 hours of the Sharpe DVDs with Sean Bean (a tremendous hardship, to be sure, but I made the sacrifice). And, yes, as some know, I have a photo of Richard Sharpe (a la SB) posted in my closet, so that every morning, his infectious grin starts my day. (Fortunately, I have an understanding husband.) But I'm also more than willing to let Uhtred hang his sword in my bedroom. (ETA: Oh, and I love Patrick Harper!)
Favorite trilogy or series? Again, it would have to be Sharpe, though the Saxon stories are a very close second. (To be fair, I have not yet encountered Arthur and Starbuck -- they are waiting on my TBR stack).
What do you like most about his books? The multidimensionality of his characters.
Can you remember what your first BC book was? Really??? How does one forget her first BC historical hunk?? Sharpe's Tiger, followed fairly rapidly by the next 20 Sharpe books.
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Wow, what an opportunity!
Favorite characters- before I even knew who BC was I had a huge Sharpe crush from Masterpiece Theater. After that, once I actually started reading his books, Uhtred certainly is my fave.
Favorite series-The Saxon Chronicles, but then I love the "Arthur" series too...that scene in book 1 where Arthur comes to the rescue of Derfel and others and the horns are sounding and the sun is shining...makes the heart go pitter patter.
What do I like most about his books- the detail of his battle scenes...you really understand what happened..you smell it, taste it, feel it.
First book I read-The Winter King followed by The Last Kingdom.
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Geez! I can't believe I got called out on this!! What about your own mother, Kelly? I believe she (or even you) might love Uhtred as much as I do.
Anyway, my favorite character is (surprise!!), Uhtred! My favorite series is (surprise!!) the Saxon Chronicles.
Okay, in order not to monopolize your interview, I will choose the four questions that I would like to ask BC the very most. Obviously, if you don't have the time or space, you don't need to ask all of them! LOL! The first one is the one I wonder about the most.
Does he have the whole Saxon Chronicles planned in his head already or does he make it up as he goes along? I mean, when he started the series, did he have a concrete notion of what would happen or did he have a vague idea and has just let things develop? You can probably phrase it better than that (and I certainly hope you do so)!
How many more Saxon Chronicles does he envision having before the story is all told?
Is the next SC installment due out yet this year?
Finally, if the Saxon Chronicles were turned into a movie, what current actor would he most envision playing Uhtred? What about King Alfred or some of the other major players in the series?
You may also tell BC that I am contemplating a hunger strike until the next Uhtred installment, but that should by no means influence him into hurrying up or anything with the book.
BTW, Deb, do you like Sharpe or is it really Sean Bean who has you so wound up? LOL!
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Good questions, Shelley. I can answer one: According to BC's website, the next Saxon story entitled Death of Kings is due out in October of this year.
And believe it or not, I fell in love with Sharpe long before I knew about the television series with Sean Bean. But now when I read Sharpe, I am quite content to have the image of SB in my head. (Actually, even when I'm not reading Sharpe, I'm happy to have SB's image in my head. )
Sigh. I love Viggo. I too think of Viggo when I'm reading about Uhtred, but unfortunately I think Viggo's a little old to play Uhtred. At least in the first parts of the series. I mean I think when Uhtred started having all his wacky adventures he was only in his late teens/early 20s.
I agree he is to old to play a young Uthred, but he is who I see in my head as the more mature Uthred.
The other day on the Justin De Quincy fan page on face book, They asked who would play Justin? I stumbled across this little hottie. He is Irish actor Aiden Turner. Sorry for completely high-jacking this thread!
Cheryl here is a Wikipedia link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aidan_Turner I saw him in Desperate Romantics he played the painter Dante Gabriel Rosetti. If you get BBC America he plays a vampire in Being Human, but I have never seen that.
You girls !!! This is such a scream!
I'm trying to elicit serious, thought-provoking questions for the esteemed BC and the conversation deteriorates into wondering which drool-worthy actor is most suitable for playing our favorite historical hunks!
Have we no shame ?!?
P.S. to Shelley ... great questions ... I will absolutely include them!
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Well, for goodness sakes Deb-I think I found my new screensaver
BC is on record saying how much he's really liked the BBC's portrayal of Richard and the Rifles. Is there anything that he wishes they(the BBC crew etc) had done dfferently? Anything he was less than pleased with?
First BC? For me it was "Sharpe's Rifles"-AFTER I'd begun the dvd set.
Absolutely no shame whatsoever I have seen a couple of "Being Human" episodes on television, but I don't think I would have recognized our new hunkster.
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LOLOL...HOW did I miss this entire thread the first time around? Okay, I know...no one told me. You (collective 'you' said in a snarly voice with one eye squinted shut) have kept these hunks to yourselves, hidden in this thread! Terrible.
I love Viggo too. And that little cutie Aiden! Sean is pretty easy on the eyes as well. But then:
Deb, Deb...crotch shots?
(Do you have any of Uhtred, perchance?)
LOL @ Vicky -- I'm afraid that until Uhtred is cast, we'll all just have to use our imaginations -- an undertaking that I expect some of us have already done with a certain amount of...shall we say...satisfaction.
(I confess to unabashedly stealing the above animated pic -- I would have no idea how to create that myself!)
Boy, I sure hope that Mr. BC never sees this thread!
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