Finally: Meet King Arthur
Her eyes, those sparkling emeralds, had been my only companion since the Fae queen cast her spell on me. Her voice, her laugh mesmerized me. I wanted to draw her in close, to feel her lips on mine. Her sweet taste is still on my lips. Yet a memory- a ghost- is holding me back. ~Arthur
Without giving away any spoilers I will say that this is one of my FAVORITE parts of this book. It is tied with two other scenes, but it is still really good. I love fairy tales- part of the reason I’m so in love with the King Arthur stories- and I want every character to have their chance at a happy ending. They just need to step up…….be able to earn it, first.
But whenever anyone takes on a tale that is so well known they need to make it their own. I have done just that. There are a lot of changes, both major and minor, because, honestly, there where things about the legends I just didn’t like. So I did what I have done since I was a tween and I started writing Sailor Moon fan fiction: I changed what I didn’t like to something that I did.
Talking about those differences, I will tell you that my King Arthur is not a fair haired and blue eyed…… blind fool……. that several stories, movies, and tv shows have made him out to be. Now don’t get all up in arms about the blind fool thing- it’s kinda true. You know you’ve thought it before o_O. This blindness is one of the things that drove me crazy! I can remember asking my parents why he didn’t know what was happening right under his nose. Mordrid and Morgana’s plotting, Lancelot and Guinevere’s cheating…… the list goes on.
But there are still many traits he possesses that I love: his compassion, sense of justice, honor, loyalty, chivalry, his love for his Knights and the people of Camelot. I’ve kept all of those amazing things, added in a wicked cleverness, an impossible to resist charisma, and dropped the annoying blindness. BUT no one is perfect, not even a King. One of his biggest flaws is that he is more than willing to play the emotional martyr for his brother knights.
I will leave you to interpret this little juicy morsel however you want, but one thing for sure; I love making something that could easily be considered a strength into a weakness. And Arthur has more than just this one!
As Legendary goes on I think it will be interesting to see why he is that way and to see if he can grow and become better than his flaws. But to find out you’ll have to read Legendary when it comes out in late February 2014:-)
Till the next sketch I leave you with two of the best influences to Arthur’s look. Just imagine a photo-morph combination of these two hottie. (And yes, that is Jason David Frank, forever known as the best- and most colorful- power ranger ever!) And for those who have ever watched Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, you will notice several of Tommy’s traits in Arthur. What can I say…… Tommy Oliver, the white ranger, (and green and red and black ranger) was my first fictional crush.
laters my lovelies,
<3 always L.H.
Both picture credits can be found on my Pinterest page with links to those who published them first.