It will come as absolutely no shock to any of you that I’m a 19th century/Victorian era fanatic. That much is obvious from my constant and passionate reviews about Victorian literature and style on this blog. But, what many of you may not know is that an equally great love of mine is the most recent series of James Bond movies, starring the irresistible, dashing and sexy Daniel Craig. Seriously, I am absolutely OBSESSED with Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and (much more than the other two) Casino Royale. I remember fondly, two summers ago, a weekend when I watched Casino Royale three times in a row on Saturday, followed by Quantum of Solace three times in a row on Sunday (in my defense, they were the only thing on TV that weekend and I had no other plans…so Daniel Craig seemed like the best and most obvious company to spend my days with)! I even then went on to read Casino Royale, right before travelling to England for the first time…and naturally visiting Mr. Craig in Madame Tussauds wax museum (a highlight of my trip to say the least, as that figurine is VERY lifelike)!
So, long story short, when I’m not spending my days pretending to be a 19th century heroine in a gothic mansion, I’m mentally living out my dream of becoming a Bond girl. Seriously, being a Bond girl has to be on my list of top three preferred jobs…and although my father doesn’t really think I stand a chance of ever becoming one (Thanks for the vote of confidence, Dad!), I still have high hopes that one day I will be discovered…preferably by Daniel Craig himself (and before they hire a new actor to play James Bond, which isn’t leaving me much time probably)!
Now, you may be asking yourself, where is JNG going with this rant? Good question! It surely is a bit random to go from gushing over the Victorian era to gushing just as much over James Bond. But, I assure you, there is a link between the two, and that link is the TV show Penny Dreadful. I’m certain I’ve mentioned it here on the blog before, but Penny Dreadful is a show that came out just last year and it is absolutely BRILLIANT! I admit, I was skeptical about it at first, but my father insisted that I watch it…and I can now proudly say that is it without doubt my favourite show at the moment. Why? Because it combines my two loves seamlessly: the gothic, grungy, scary side of the Victorian era and actress Eva Green, the incomparable Vesper Lynd from Casino Royale. (See how everything I said before makes so much more sense now?!) (Also, Sidenote: how cool would Vesper be as a girl’s name? I am totally envious!)
If you don’t know what a penny dreadful is, it’s actually a 19th century literary genre in the vein of the sensation fiction and gothic literature popular in those times. If you don’t know anything about sensation fiction or gothic literature, I would suggest that you start watching Penny Dreadful immediately, and you’ll get a sense for the style that the Victorian era is so famous for. Basically, the show is a horror in every way…it deals with possession, vampires, werewolves, magic, all that fun stuff! And (here we come to the reason I love it so much), it pays homage to some of the greatest works of 19th century literature, including but not limited to Frankenstein (written just before the Victorian era), Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray. As a Victorianist, it’s essentially everything I could ever want in a TV show: intrigue, suspense, mystery, and all the characters I’ve learned to love so much! I’m just waiting for Mr. Rochester’s mad woman in the attic to make an appearance!
And now we come to the purpose of this blog post. The show is returning this Sunday, and I am beyond excited to see my adored 19th century friends again, but also to see Eva Green stun us all with her portrayal of Miss Vanessa Ives, a feisty heroine who I find ridiculously inspiring because of her strength, defiance and general badass-ness! Obviously, since I love her so much (and always did love Eva Green as a Bond girl), I decided that it was high time to make my appearance a little more Vanessa Ives-esque, and thus a bit more gothic Victorian. I have enough items of jewelry and clothing to fit this darker side of my favourite century…
…but I also thought I needed to darken up my physical appearance a little too! And so, I decided (after much consideration and debating with my mom) to dye my hair black! I’m so pleased with it! I feel so sophisticated, sleek and edgy…and I do hope I’m one step closer to looking like Eva Green! Maybe now Daniel Craig will come find me?!
Yours with gothic sentiments,
Girl with a Green (and Dreadful) Heart