I’m stepping away from the subject of writing for this post today because we’ve had a terrible week for celebrity deaths. We lost David Bowie and Alan Rickman, both aged 69, both to cancer. It’s safe to say Death isn’t playing around as we begin 2016. I thought I’d dedicate my thoughts today to them.
I was never a MEGA David Bowie fan, but growing up his music was always part of the zeitgeist. Some of his songs I really liked and some I was ambivalent about, but I never hated any of his music. Some of my favorites are collaborations he did with other artists like Dancing In the Street with Mick Jagger and I’m Afraid of Americans with Trent Reznor. If I absolutely had to pick a favorite Bowie song it would probably be China Girl, because I love the low, sensual growl of his voice in that song.
But like a lot of women my age, the biggest impact David Bowie had on me was his role as the Goblin King. Ah yes, do a Google search and you’ll find out just how many young girls had their sexual awakenings via Jareth. Supposed to be a kid’s movie? Of course. That doesn’t explain why he had to have that hugely bulging crotch and be constantly tempting Sarah in an overtly sexual way. Even the creators admit the movie was supposed to have sexual overtones. Thank you David Bowie, from us ladies you helped usher into puberty.
As for Alan Rickman, I was a pretty big fan of his. Many people will always remember him as Snape in the Harry Potter movies, though he had a very long career that spanned many roles–usually playing the bad guy. The very first role I ever saw him in was the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (I’m gonna cut your heart out with a spoon!). I daresay I was more infatuated with the Sheriff than Robin, but then, I’ve always liked the villains more.
I also loved him as the Metatron in Dogma, which was a greatly understated role–and of course in Sweeney Todd, one of my favorite movies ever (the version with Johnny Depp). In any case, it’s hard to believe he’s gone–it’s the first thing I saw online when I woke up yesterday morning and it darkened my entire day.
That will be quite enough, Death. No more celebrities for you this year!
In other news, I’ve done some cosmetic work on my site. Do feel free to have a look around and please tell me what you think–what you like, what you don’t like. I’m also going to be looking into starting a mailing list soon, so I’ll have more information on that in the coming week!
Urban fantasy and paranormal romance author.