By Abby Vegas
Is anyone keeping track of how much Richard Armitage character-inspired fanfiction exists online? I have no doubt the volume is staggering—and rightly so. Because one story about John Thornton will never, ever be enough. Guy of Gisborne’s three seasons of flailing angst? Enjoyable, yet in the end unsatisfying. John Standring’s story ended with the ending of Sparkhouse? I don’t think so. And don’t get me started on poor Lucas North. Series nine of Spooks/MI-5 had to be burned to the ground, erased from collective memory, and rewritten altogether.
I’ll admit it: devouring the further adventures of these fictional characters gives me life. But what about Armitage nonfiction? Well, there are a few short profiles of Richard to be found online—most of them connected with projects he’s done. The Old Vic’s production of The Crucible, in particular, attracted some high-profile media attention to its mysterious lead. But that’s the exception. Factual, true-to-life stories featuring Richard Armitage are in disappointingly short supply.
I certainly wouldn’t turn down an epic biography (paging Ron Chernow!) or a 15,000-word New Yorker profile on my favorite actor. HINT HINT. But if the world wants a book of Armitage nonfiction, it may in fact fall upon my shoulders to deliver the first dose. Because I’ve written about my own fangirling experiences, including—yes—meeting Mr. Richard Armitage. More than once. (I swear I’m not a stalker.)
So I offer you this e-book—Fangirling Armitage: Four Years in the Richard Armitage Fandom. It’s about Richard, yes, but more than that it’s about the whole experience of fandom: the friends you make, the kindred spirits you encounter, the silly adventures, the highs and the lows. (Mostly the highs. We wouldn’t do this if it weren’t fun.) More than anything, this book celebrates our wonderful, unique fellowship as Armitage fans. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about our experiences as much as I enjoyed writing about them.
Fangirling Armitage: Four Years in the Richard Armitage Fandom is available on Amazon. When you use any link on this page to purchase it, a donation will be made (at no extra cost to you) to support Richard’s charities via RichardArmitageNet.com’s Amazon Affiliate program. You do not need a Kindle e-reader to purchase and read a Kindle e-book; you can download the Amazon Kindle app free for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows devices.
Abby Vegas is an author and a fangirl. Visit her online at AbbyVegasAuthor.com.