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New Years Day always gives us a chance to reflect back on the things we did in the previous year.  One big thing I did was create this blog.  I’ve been a writer at heart since I was in middle school, with dreams of being a published author, and years later, dreams of being a screenwriter.  Things didn’t work out that way (as of yet) but I did get into writing about a hobby of mine, and have proudly been a paid professional hobby writer for well over a decade.

Even though it’s a lot of fun to write about a hobby you love, it’s a pretty narrow niche potential audience, and it occurred to me last year that starting a blog might be a good way to stretch my writing chops and expand my audience and network of readers and other writers.  When I was contemplating what to write about, the fact that I was going through a divorce and needing to start my life over seemed like the perfect thing to write about.  Not only would it be much more accessible to readers, but it could also be cathartic to write, providing me with a way to shape my thoughts and feelings going forward, to help me learn from mistakes in the past and focus on the sorts of people I want to be in my life going forward.

The concept was that the blog name “My Ideal Woman” be the first part of an affirmative sentence, with each blog post title “… She’d be (something something)” as the second part of the sentence.  Eventually ideas for posts came that didn’t exactly fit the paradigm but that was my original framing.

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I was disappointed but not surprised by the announcement that Starz’s show Camelot would not be renewed.  I watched all the episodes and thought the show had great promise from the beginning, but as things progressed I was a bit disappointed how the show drifted.

Alas, Camelot

To illustrate that, here’s an conversation about the show I imagine could have gone down:

Camelot’s Producers:  “Okay, Eva– we want you to really turn up the heat on this show, we want you sexy, feral, lustful– you will use every tool at your disposal to achieve your dreams for power.”

Eva Green:  “Sure, no problem!”

Camelot’s Producers:  “Well, just in the first couple of episodes, then we’re going to tone all that back, keep you clothed… in fact, we’ll have Morgan shift shape in a few episodes so you don’t even need to be around.”

Eva Green:  “Oooookay… but wait, I thought I was signing on for a sexy, lustful take on the King Arthur legend?”

Camelot’s Producers:  “That’s just to get the audience hooked, then they’ll keep coming back for the story, to find out what happens.”

Eva Green:  “Ummmm… doesn’t everyone already know the story and know what happens?”

Camelot’s Producers:  “…”

Eva Green:  “You know I don’t mind being naked and doing sex scenes… you saw me in The Dreamers right?”

Camelot’s Producers:  “And your point is?”

Eva Green:  “I’m just saying, having a sexy, lustful take on the King Arthur legend can be the overall tone of the show, not just the initial hook.  Like, I can be naked and do sex scenes and seduce people throughout the whole season…”

Camelot’s Producers:  “No, no, no– that’s not the plan.”

mmmmmm... Eva Green!

 

I thought Eva Green’s Morgan Pendragon was awesome in the first couple of episodes– she was totally sexy, feral, lustful and ambitious.  First she poisons her father, then she seduces a warlord to take the throne with her as his queen– and you just knew once she’d secure his power she’d kill him off, probably by seducing some other dude to do the dirty work.  I imagined many scenes of gorgeous naked Eva Green beguiling various men throughout the series to advance her agenda…

why pull back on her sexiness?

Meanwhile, I thought they added some serious sexiness on Arthur’s side of the equation by making Guinevere engaged to Arthur’s trusted comrade, adding the allure of forbidden fruit and a secret affair to the equation.

Cannot stop fate…

Unfortunately, after starting the series showing skin, lust and desire between these two predestined lovers, both characters cut off their wants for duty, leaving Tamsin Egerton sadly covered up and fully clothed the rest of the series.

Why would you keep her constantly covered up??

Who made that decision?

Given how erotically charged another Starz show — Spartacus — is, I’m surprised that they didn’t keep the sex & lust quotient high for Camelot.  If they had, I can’t imagine they’d not have kept most of their audience coming back for more, and maybe we’d have seen a second season.

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