Psssst, everyone, if you are really really confused as to what I and 20 other people on the Internet are yelling about, or if you’ve confessed a desire to read them, the first book in The Lymond Chronicles, The Game of Kings, is almost always $0.01 + $3.99 shipping on Amazon. (I assume that’s because so many people buy it and then can’t get through it and give it to charity, ha.)
That’s, like, a cup of coffee.
Except it’s a book that will ruin your life. :D
The Lymond Chronicles - favorite characters, genderbent(!)fancast
Natalie Dormer as Frances Crawford
Cate Blanchett as Lady Gianna Reid Mallet
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Somerville
Emma Thompson as Richenza Crawford
Karen Gillan as Willa Scott
Kristen Stewart as Jaryn Blyth
Tom Hiddleston as Christian Stewart
Scarlett Johansson as Danielle Hislop
Mads Mikkelsen as Lord Mark Lennox
Michael Caine as Sebastian Lord Culter
i’m so torn about this because usually i love genderswapped fancasts, but the lymond chronicles is one of those things where you basically COULD NOT swap any of the main characters. like, at all. dorothy dunnett is fantastic at writing historical fiction with gender roles in mind, and her female characters are all brilliant and complex as a result. but you basically could not swap anyone without it changing the entire course of the series to the extent that NOTHING would happen the same way. at all. the original characters and storyline would no longer exist. even if you set the genderswapped version in an AU where women were allowed to be soldiers and scholars and “real” diplomats in the 16th century, well, it still wouldn’t work because so many of the original character interactions are reliant on gendered behaviour.
THAT BEING SAID, this fancasting is beyond. BEYOND. first of all, natalie dormer: PERFECT for lymond. she’s a phenomenal charater actress, and 100% looks the part. plus her face. NATALIE DORMER’S FACE, MY FRIENDS. then of course, mads mikkelsen is already slaying me because he’d be the perfect predatory older ex-lover character, and would be pure unadulterated manipulative bastard. ie, perfect for a genderswapped margaret lennox.
baby tom hiddleston is too much for me as christian stewart. he’s so fragile and innocent! OH GOD, CHRISTIAN. and, of course, karen gillen would be hilariously doofus-y as will scott. but my fave (aside from natalie dormer) has got to be kristen stewart as jerott/jaryn blythe. first of all, kristen stewart is obviously THE BEST and if you don’t like her then you are, by definition, terrible and wrong. secondly, she’s ideal casting for jerott because she would just spend the entire movie/tv series getting steadily more and more glowery before eventually screaming at lymond in utter frustration. at which point lymond/natalie dormer would just smirk and be like, “no need to be so obsessive, dear,” and jerott/jaryn would just get progressively more and more angry as a result. UGHHHH, WHY ISN’T THIS A REAL THING. at the very least, why isn’t there a multi-episode tv series of the lymond chronicles, with tom hiddleston in the lead role and kristen stewart… involved in some capacity, idk. life is cruel. and the lymond chronicles are nigh-on unfilmable. but we soldier on, nonetheless.
Awww, thank you! I had so much fun making it.
I think, actually, the problem would come if you only wanted to genderswap one character in Dunnett, because then you would run into the heavily-gendered-interactions-don’t-make-sense-anymore. But if you genderswap all of them, then you’ve basically entered an alternate universe where the world is exactly the same except the power interactions for the genders have flipped.
But I don’t think Dunnett even needs genderswapping, really, because her women are all so great and complex and fully realized and let’s never forget that Philippa in the harem also learned to kill people so we’re not really even lacking for an action heroine, so this entire casting was pretty much motivated by my desire to see Dormer as Lymond and Stewart as Blyth (and YOU’RE SO RIGHT UGH SHE WOULD BE SO PERF) and Cate Blanchett as the Scariest Motherfucker on the Planet
I have a proposed follow-up post that involves more of the minor characters so keep an eye out. I’m not saying it DOESN’T involve Kate McGrath as Adamaria Blacklock…Source: weirdsociology
Lymond Chronicles - favorite characters, racebent(!)fancast
Idris Elba as Sir Graham Reid Mallett
Sendhil Ramamurthy as Jerott Blyth
Oded Fehr as Richard Crawford
Gina Torres as Kate Somerville
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Francis Crawford
Amandla Stenberg as Young Philippa Somerville
Angel Colby as Philippa Somerville
Salma Hayek as Kiaya Khatun
Grace Park as Oonagh O’Dwyer
Lucy Liu as Margaret Lennox
Oops finals are over and I did a thing.
also time to worry about my grades because it’s not a real semester without almost definitely unnecessary academic anxiety
because external markers of intelligence are way too tied to my identity
and also because school is my livelihood and my meal ticket and the roof over my head
bonus round: i’m the first in my family to complete an undergraduate degree much less go to grad school and i come from a blue-collar background and i feel like an imposter and have no idea what i’m doing
so yeah i’ll just be wound up until i get my marks thanks
I am done with my first semester of graduate school! I mean, I technically still have a week left, but all my graded assignments are in!
TIME TO SHAVE MY LEGS AND PLAY SOME MOTHERFUCKIN SKYRIM
people of Tumblr.
You will love it.
BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD AS CHRISTIAN IS LITERALLY PERFECT. search is over for her, i’ll never allow someone else.
Since it’s obviously a Lymond fancast day, I have to say that Geoffrey Rush as Piero Strozzi is now a total headcanon for me. Perfect. And Hugh Laurie as Archie!
Somebody I’ve not heard mentioned before for Marthe, but I think she would do a great job:
Uma Thurman!Source: always-and-completely-otp
I am 1000% on board the Tom Hiddleston for Lymond train (yeah, he’s older, taller and less “pretty” than book Lymond but he has that certain something - elegance, charisma, nerviness - that I associate very strongly with Lymond.)
After MUCH thought, I decided I really like Sarah Bolger as Philippa (she played Princess Mary on “The Tudors” and she was actually really great, even in a rather crappy show!) She’s also suitably young (I think maybe the exact age difference to TH that Philippa has to Lymond) and I even found pictures of her in more or less the right costumes (given the “The Tudors” costumers’ many missteps).
More to follow, because I’m supposed to be writing today and we all know what *THAT* means!! In my next break, I will bring you my choices for Richard, Sibylla, and various others, yes?
omg looooooooook at them
*openly weeping that this show will never take place*
(via doh-rae-me)Source: balladedutempsjadis