What makes a community? I think all you need is a bunch of people with something in common. There will be a kinship between community members, and an exclusivity that non-members will notice. I think you see where this is going.
Simon Woods as Dr Harrison
It’s Mr Bingley from Pride and Prejudice 2005 all grown up and not a redhead
The community has a strong sense of identity and protects itself from any great threats such as the all-consuming harbinger of doom, the Railway. It will bring the masses, ie criminals and people who won’t conform to
Cranford rules. Do you 'belong' to a geographical community? Sometimes think I do: when teasing people from more southern states about their bad weather, or when I meet an Aussie while travelling overseas.
Not so much with my local community. The house next door had a drug-related triple shooting, and since then I’ve kept a distance. I’ve never taken part in any kind of community protest, but wish something could have been done to prevent the glut of high rise apartments in my suburb. Do you feel a part of your local community, or do you just wish you were?
Lars and the Real Girl
I saw Lars and the Real Girl yesterday, and was so touched my eyes watered for about half the movie - don’t laugh! It could happen to you. At first this movie doesn’t seem to have much to do with communities. A chronically shy guy named Lars (played by Ryan Gosling) buys a life-size doll, calls her Bianca and thinks she's a real person. Wait for it…
Lars translates the church sermon to her since she doesn't speak much English yet.
He introduces his ‘girlfriend’ to his relatives, and when the local doctor/psychologist prescribes that the doll is a necessary crutch to help Lars function while his emotional or mental wound heals, they play along. More than that, Lars lives in a small isolated town, and after everyone’s had their obligatory awkward moment or sex joke, they ALL play along.
Yes, they bathe her too
It’s so touching how much the town bends over backwards to integrate Bianca into their lives as if she actually is a Real Girl. The doll -in concept- is an empty slate on which you can write anything, and through her, Lars is able to safely project all his affection, voice his fears and doubts. For the town, the doll is their only way of showing they care for shy Lars since there's no other way to help him. Wouldn't it be great if we could display our eccentricities as bravely as Lars and be loved all the more for it?
I just realised what a long and ambitious post this has become. Too…many…issues. Is anyone still reading? If you are, then know this: I think I’m weird too. Not life-size doll weird! But in real life I have quirks. At minimum my latest obsession with Richard Armitage. Thank goodness for the internet where I’ve found a place of safety to gush and goo where no-one will know!
I don’t want to draw a strong parallel between Lars’ doll and Richard Armitage ok, but the man/his work is a focal point around which fanvid, fanfic and blogging communities have developed. Take a look at the some of the forums, how many people logged on in the past 24 hours? Amazing huh? Thanks to Mulubinba I discovered there was an IMDB forum too. What other forms does RA appreciation take on that I don’t know of yet?
Some youtube vid surfaced where RA walked a few metres on the red carpet at a public event, and look what happened! – Nat that’s a record number of comments. I feel like a bloodhound whenever there’s new footage of him, but once viewed I don’t really think more on it. I’m more interested in how other people react. For a figure most of us have never met, we feel we know him a little (maybe that's just me), care about whether he’s had a good feed over Christmas, whether he’s got anyone to share the holidays with.
I’m not sure which one causes more comments, Richard as himself or in character, but his interviews and public appearances never fail to bring on chatter spikes. The larger forums have moderators, on small sites anything goes. With so many RA websites out there, you can pick your poison and feel at home. About that footage, personally I’d love RA to have a significant other since I've heard acting is a lonely business. I don’t care who it is but she’ll need a thick skin. Good luck to the blogger with her 5 year plan to nab him and have his babies.