19.4.15

a tribute to jonathan crombie

**This is a reposting from way back in 2010, from a series titled "Monday's Fictional Hotties." With the recent, unexpected passing of Jonathan Crombie, I thought it would make for a nice tribute. Anne of Green Gables remains one of my top favourite books/movies, and Mr. Crombie was a big part of why. I can't think of another actor who could have played Gilbert Blythe. He was simply perfect. And from what I've read online, even though it's been decades since he played the adorably sexy Gil, he still loved when fans approached him on the street, after yelling out, "Gil!" A class act, all around. My thoughts are with his family and friends. We'll miss you, Jonathan.**

I've been reading a lot of blogs with weekly themed postings and have been eager to join the club. Obviously, Mondays are the worst of all the days, so my first thought was, "Jennie! Do something awesome on Mondays!"

But the decision to create awesome, themed posts, wasn't quite specific enough. Haha! I batted ideas around in my big sexy brain for a while and, finally, in the wee hours of Sunday morning -- an epiphany! So without further ado, I humbly present the first of (potentially many) Monday's Fictional Hotties!

Yes, you read that right. I'm talking about fictional tall drinks of water. I may draw from literature, film, television shows or wherever else made-up hotties exist. There's an awful lot to choose from, so this theme may be able to go on forever. Awesome.

That said, choosing where to start left my mind reeling. I've had crushes on more than a few literary characters throughout the years, which meant there were endless possibilities. Obviously, the best place to start anything is at the beginning, so I'm going to take this first post way back, to a character  that has resonated with me for a l-o-n-g time.

I may be cutting my feet of before I start with this one (because he's quite incomparable) but if you love you some good ole Canadian lit then you'll surely be aware of one of my first fictional crushes...and the first official Fictional Hottie...

Dr. Gilbert Blythe!

(*insert round of applause*)

For those who are unfamiliar with Dr. Blythe, he's the jelly to Anne Shirley's peanut butter (aka, Anne of Green Gables). When Anne broke her tablet over Gil's head (after he called her the dreaded "carrots") he was forever her puppy dog. I fell in love with him first in the books and then later in the movies...

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Jonathan Crombie (actor) really brought Gil to the next level, especially in the last two films where Anne goes to Europe to bring him back safe from the war (*swoons*). As crazy as Anne acted most of the time, she was a fiercely independent woman and Gilbert couldn't get enough. So, really, how could I not fall in love? Plus, nobody can rock an old-school golfer hat quite like Mr. Crombie. And can you even handle that smouldering gaze? *fans self*

Congratulations Dr. Gilbert Blythe. You're #1!! (in no particular order)

As an aside:
If you haven't read Lucy Maud Montgomery's series, get to a library and start reading. It may seem like country-ass-silliness but you'll be hooked before you know it. Then, go rent the movies (all six if you can find them). Megan Follows is the most perfect Anne Shirley of all time. And the chemistry between her and Jonathan is off-the-freaking-charts. 

As another aside:
When I was 20 I drove to PEI with a girlfriend to see some people and visit what I thought was the set from the Anne movies. We got there and it looked totally unfamiliar. Turns out, the PEI attraction was where Ms. Montgomery wrote the novels. The movie had been filmed in Hamilton, ON (a mere 1.5 hours from where I grew up). To say I was crushed would be an understatement. Haha!

1 comment:

Beth W said...

Yet another reason to visit ON- I always thought it was filmed on PEI, as well! I love love loved Gilbert, of course. And then when I watched Road to Avonlea fanatically, it was all about Gus, who was the Gilbert stand-in, for all intents and purposes. :D
Great tribute!