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Monday, July 5

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I was on a chat a few weeks ago and author Terri Brisbin was there.  She was talking about how sexy she thought Sean Bean was and I for one couldn't agree with her more!  I was watching the latest episodes of the  Sharpe series from PBS this last weekend (I recorded it ages ago but am just now getting around to watching it) and was reminded about the chat conversation we had. 

Sean Bean is one of those rare actors that can play the worst of villains, but can also be the leading hero.  I think I first remember seeing him in the film adaptation of Samuel Richardson's Clarissa.  I loved him as the villain/semi-hero in the movie so much that I wanted to read the book.  Have any of you read it?  It took me an entire summer to read it because it is MASSIVE!  I honestly lost hope at one point and never thought I would finish it.  It was the first book that I actually contemplated not finishing, but I kept at it (and renewed it about...I dont' know 10 times? from the library) and am so glad that I did.  I ended up loving the book more than the movie (as often happens for me).  If you'd like a challenge, Clarissa is available as a public domain book for free download in 7 volumes (yes 7 volumes... I told you it was massive)  However you could also just watch the movie and see Sean Bean in a love him/hate him role.  I tried to find an official trailer by BBC, but it's too old, but this fan trailer is fairly good.

He's better know for his roles in Patriot Games and of course The Lord of the Rings series, but to me he will always be Robert Lovelace :) On a side note...if anyone has When Saturday Comes in DVD (or even VHS...I'm desperate here) that will play in the US (Region 1) I would be forever your friend if you would send it to me to watch (I'd return it I promise). It seems that the film was never released in the US and I'm crying big tears at the injustice!

OK, I'm done now with my Sean Bean love fest :)  What else will I have for you this week?  Hopefully on Tuesday Julia London will be my guest for One Season of Sunshine, then on Wednesday I will have an extra special giveaway (stay tuned for more details), on Thursday Beth Williamson will be here for her new contemporary romance Unbridled, and on Friday Gaelen Foley will be here to celebrate the second book in her historical romance Inferno Club series, My Dangerous Duke.  I'll also be updating the Tempting Trailer and the Event calendar at some point and hopefully post a few reviews in my spare time.

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th and I hope you'll join me for a week filled with love (of more than just Sean Bean).

Have a good one!

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Eileen Dreyer July 5, 2010 at 11:23 AM  

I'd be happy to comment on this. I was a fan of Sharpe long before the series, but when I saw Sean Bean play him, I was hooked, too. There's something about his rough-boy/heart-of-gold that just gets you. Now I'm going to have to watch Clarissa. And try and read it. (7 volumes?)

Kathleen O July 5, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

I am not a big fan, but I do like him in certain movies and tv shows..
I don't now that movie you are looking for at all. It must have been one of his earlier movies.
I think he was also in a James Bond film, one of the last ones..
He played the villian... He plays such a good villian, you just have to like him..

Booklover1335 July 5, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

Hey Eileen!

Yeah, Clarissa the book is supposedly considered the longest novel in the English language...I didn't know that when I started reading it. The copy that I had was unabridged. The print was small, and the paper was like onionskin it was so thin but the book was like 3- 3 1/2 inches thick. It got to the point where it was a joke when people saw me STILL reading it :)

Lea July 5, 2010 at 8:44 PM  

Sean Bean is indeed a hottie and a very versatile actor! Great pick for your muse.

I hope you had a nice holiday weekend.

Anonymous,  July 6, 2010 at 2:40 PM  

You are so right. He is a versatile actor. Lucky for him, he will always be able to find work and doesn't have to be worry about type-casting.
Sounds like a good week.

alba July 7, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

Hi Eileen
Love Sean Bean He's one of those under the radar Actors that I love rugged Handsome He' great as a villain Total Awesome as the good guy.
Sorry cant help you with the DVD look's like It wouldn't plan in Canada either.
There are so many movies recorded for Europe but not the states or Canada unless you know someone who could convert it. We have done that before.
Or bombard PBS with email & requests to play it.

Eileen Dreyer July 7, 2010 at 9:18 PM  

Alba, I know. Right now I'm trying to find a movie called The Hour of the Pig(Called the Advocate in the US) for a friend to convert for me, since it was the NC17 version, which involved Colin Firth being naked a lot. ;-}.

Booklover1335 July 7, 2010 at 10:04 PM  

Oh Eileen...vintage Colin Firth! And here I thought everyone drooled over the lake scene in P&P. I've never heard of this movie but I can imagine it is a feast for the eyes :)

My library has The Advocate on DVD so I may have to check it out...even though it probably doesn't have him naked as much as the original version.

Why oh why can't these movies be made available through someplace like netflix for download?

Eileen Dreyer July 7, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

Booklover1335-- No, evidently it doesn't show him naked as much. I'd have to say that on a regular day it would be enough. It's also a very sweet movie with a lovely cast(I think. At least I'm sure there were other people on the screen....)

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