In October, in honour of the 10th Anniversary of Robin Hood, I started re-watching Richard Armitage as Sir Guy of Gisborne in BBC’s Robin Hood. I find myself once again mesmerized by that smoulder, that smirk, and that tortured soul as only RA can play him. In the midst of a show that is comic-book like (reminds me in some ways of the old Batman series without the POW!), RA is able to bring a thoughtful characterization to the Sir Guy role. I am taking my time this time – I binge-watched it the first time – and I’m listening to the episode commentaries as I go. I love behind the scenes stuff – it makes it that much more astonishing that this soft-spoken guy who giggles at the juvenile banter amongst his cast mates can convey that stern commanding presence on screen.
Re-watching the show has made me want to spend more time with Sir Guy, and so last month, I downloaded and read Manna from Heaven by Zeesmuse, a fanfiction starring Sir Guy and an original female character. The story has a feisty modern-day woman, Genevieve, being transported back to medieval times to have a think on some of her problems. Wouldn’t you know it, but she literally drops right in on Sir Guy and may help him with some of his problems too. The voices of the familiar Robin Hood characters are true to the series and the modern woman gives as good as she gets. (Advisory for strong language and explicit sexual content.)
I love a good story where people are put into unfamiliar times and situations and, not only does Genevieve have to deal with the backwardness of Sir Guy’s times, but Sir Guy has to deal with the modern devices that have found their way to his time along with Genevieve. This fanfiction is well-written and entertaining and kept me turning the pages (swiping the screen) quickly to the end. (Manna from Heaven)
The great thing is that Zeesmuse has two sequels that each have a number of chapters posted and are continuing works in progress. The Shepherd explores some of the events in Sir Guy’s and Genevieve’s story that were not fully explored in Manna from Heaven. And Aside from Heaven takes Sir Guy’s spirit through a number of lifetimes, as he makes his way towards Genevieve. I’ve enjoyed both of these fanfictions so far and can’t wait to see what else Zeesmuse has in store for us!
Check out what Zeesmuse has to say on her blog about writing Manna from Heaven. A link to the fanfiction can also be found there. Jump to her post here: Zee’s Muse — It’s a Challenge!!!!