Monday, December 6, 2010

The hero that outbroods them all

Steve and I rewatched North & South over the past few days. I've lost count of how many times I've seen this. Well over ten, I think? (And this had to be Steve's fourth time watching -- he is very fond of Daniela Denby-Ashe's Margaret Hale.) Such a wonderful cast! I adore this adaptation, and if you are a fan of BBC costume drama who hasn't yet seen it, please buy it or rent from Netflix immediately. Consider it a much-deserved holiday gift to yourself!

Anyway, after this viewing I've decided that Richard Armitage does the sexiest hostile expression in the world.

See what I mean?

And I'm ready to go out on a limb and say his Thornton is my all-time favorite 19th century brooding hero in a film adaptation. Yes, I think I love him even better than Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy.

Do you agree? Or is there another actor who epitomizes the brooding hero to you?

All right, enough swoony silliness. I'm going to be away from the blogosphere for a bit, so please behave while I'm away. Looking forward to seeing you again late next week!


  1. The only North and South I know is the John Jakes novel. The TV mini-series came out when I was in high school, and I taped it on the ends of already used VCR tapes. I'd watch and re-watch, moving between my various tapes. Silly.

    I'll have to check out yours!

  2. Caroline -- I loved that version back in the day, but this film is based on the Elizabeth Gaskell novel and it is BRILLIANT! Do check it out.

  3. Hooray for the brooding, byronic hero!

    Oh, I do love North and South, but I can never forget Toby Stephens' brooding performance as Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre.

    Toby and Richard are my favs. :) And speaking more of Richard, have you seen the BBC's Robin Hood series where he plays Sir Guy? Yum!