Yes, I know that our man Richard Armitage is in it, but the series itself does not keep me engaged beyond admiring RA’s presence onscreen.
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about Guy of Gisborne because I just finished reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness for the third time. Every time I read the book or listen to the audio version I think of Richard as Matthew Clairmont, and looking very much like Guy of Gisborne, except as Matthew, Guy would be much more polished, well dressed and clean shaven. Of course Matthew also has a beautiful French accent.
Guy and Matthew do not really have the same personality, but I think they do share the same sexy quality, and that is why I always picture Guy over any other character that RA has portrayed when I am reading ADOW.
Matthew Clairmont is a very intense character and that is when I tend to think more of Lucas North. Of course Lucas is sexy as all heck as well, but I picture MC having hair that is a little longer and his overall look reminding me of a medieval knight. Lucas has the very clean shaven face and body of MC, the vampire.
It could be said that Matthew is a little bit too intense, but I happen to find that part of the character very intriguing. It is one of the character personality traits that completely pulls me toward him. John Thornton is intense as well, but he is also shy with women and that would not describe Matthew Clairmont at all.
I am really looking forward to seeing how Matthew Clairmont unfolds onscreen, hopefully in the body of Richard Armitage. I love to read, and often in my imagination transport myself into the books that I read. Matthew Clairmont has become one of my all time favorite characters from a book. This character has consumed me in the way that John Thornton did for months after I watched North and South. I don’t think that I will ever get tired of reading the books in the trilogy either.
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