Hello everyone! Damianista welcomes you to a NEW Fan Story Tuesday!
Today’s story comes from Mel, a relatively recent fan of Damian, and a proud member of our very exclusive “Dark Horse” Club! In case you don’t know what I am talking about, here is Damian providing an explanation at Times Talks London back in 2014 😀
Well, even knowing Damian would not go out with us cannot stop us from loving Soames, would it, Mel? 😀
Big thanks go to Mel for taking the time from her extremely busy schedule (about which you will find out a bit in her story) to write her wonderful fan story for us and for her very kind words about Fan Fun. And we cannot wait to publish her “dark horse” fan fiction soon on the blog. Cheers!
I love Soames.
Yes, I am that “Dark Horse” that perplexes Damian Lewis. But to steal a bit from ye testament of old: “My name is Legion, for we are many.” I promise that’s as biblical as this fan story will get.
I can’t tell you when I first watched The Forsyte Saga. Probably a few years after it originally aired because I had never heard of it. It was one of those Netflix nudges, “We think you might like,” blah blah blah, based upon the gazillion BBC Period Dramas I had devoured in the last decade. I’d only just inhaled Daniel Deronda and was yearning for something comparatively gorgeous and salacious. And so, I perused the link, deeming it angst-ridden enough to tempt, and clicked.
All the various nuances of Damian Lewis’ performance have been beautifully discussed (rhapsodized over) here in great detail, so I won’t even try to say something original. Truth be told (sotto voce) I really clicked for Rupert Graves, whom I loved in Maurice and A Room With A View. Pah! Fifteen minutes in and it was RUPERT WHO???
I think the most delicious aspect of The Forsyte Saga is any discerning person watching with an open mind, not allowing themselves to be overwhelmed by triggering themes, will end on a moral rollercoaster that is not just scripted or dictated by the framing of the lens. Damian Lewis upsets the balance in that series, certainly if ol’ Galsworthy were to have viewed (whilst whirling in his grave like a dervish.) I believe the author wrote the novels to glorify (exonerate?) Irene, based on the woman Galsworthy married once she’d left her husband. Understandably a goal of the series was to keep Irene from seeming too cold and unapproachable to viewers. Bit of a fail, there, but I don’t think Gina McKee can be faulted. She had some beautiful moments as an actress but no amount of romantic scoring as Irene looks longingly at Bosinney can trump the natural draw to Soames.
There is so much boiling from Soames’ core, exuding in every twitch or narrowed brow or catch in the throat. And of course, the glorious eyes. One can’t help but be captivated. By the time Fleur was born and Soames approached the cradle with an underlying dread of being rejected once more by something he so desperately wanted, I found myself gaping, tears streaming (indeed, as his tears streamed without abandon,) wondering what gods created this man whose earthly embodiment is Damian Lewis? I still hold his Soames as one of the best performances in BBC history. Yes, it even surpasses Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy…but only by a freckled nose.
I’ve now watched The Saga many times but must admit I have not explored much else of the Lewis canon. I was never drawn to modern adventure, political intrigue or war fodder. Much more a period film, relationship drama and at times Rom-Com kinda gal. But reading all your reviews I am ready to delve. So…forgive this newbie for her present ignorance but also envy me, because I get to experience Damian for the first time in so many offerings. First up will be Wolf Hall because…well, period film and all that.
As for me, I’m in my 50’s and work in a university theatre department. I get to be around young creative types all day! You can call me Mel or Melissa, just please don’t call me late to rehearsal. Ba-doom-pah! Tish! I used to act a bit but prefer directing. In 2018, I’ll be directing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. I’m terrified! Lol! I live in the southern United States so these aren’t big time venues, but they are important to me and I love the experience. I found this site through Damianista. Like a faltering junkie I had to get another Soames fix last weekend and was prompted to follow the man on Twitter. My fangirl gush was “liked” by this page and wonder of wonders, followed as well. Trust me, I am the worst tweeter in the world so for someone to be so kind as to FOLLOW me was such a compliment. I hopped on the site for a looksie and found intelligent commentary and positive interaction. What a great escape, I thought, and here I am!
I was also drawn to the fan fiction aspect. I love to write and hope you will indulge my Forsyte drabble when I am able to pen it. And I am going to read everything you write as well!
Thank you all for including me! I’m having a great time! A hearty MEOW from Soames’ Over Fed Kitten!