Author has written 5 stories for Merlin.
RE: Once and Future Destiny now completed - my first fanfiction! What an epic experience. And it helped, it really did, bring some closure to the end of the series - at least for me. Maybe, even for some of you? Sequel to Once and Future Destiny now done also - The Emrys Strain...(PS apologies to those who've seen CM in Parked - this was written before I saw that, and some of the imagery is cringe-worthy...) and some of you have even asked for a third part! Can't promise anything, though. I need a plot to hang some drama on...
Kingdom Games coming along, a kind of Hunger Games/Gladiator/Merlin mishmash that served as an emotional relief from Emrys Strain... this will be a three-parter, but all in the Kingdom Games entry. Part I: A Game for an Heir finished! Part II: A Game of Two Kings finished! Part III: Albion Games underway!
And my first short fic Royally Disired, a 2-shot, now up...
A Day in Crystal! 2- going on 3-shot 'fix' of the last episode of season 5. At least one more chapter will be coming, but I'm getting to the end of Kingdom Games and I don't want the two stories to bleed into each other... oh, dear, no pun intended.
Also, for those of you who are interested, I've begun my first original fic on a sister site - fictionpress.com, under fiction:fantasy, titled "The Mageman". Same nom de plume, same image... reviews always welcome. :D
I came across BBC's Merlin by accident - channel surfing while bored, stumbling across old episodes running in an all-day marathon in preparation for a new season. I think it was the somewhere in the middle of episode 1... I was enchanted (pun intended) by the idea of a young, clumsy, naive Merlin, and an arrogant princeling who can't stand each other. Then there was the servant named Gwen... and a princess named Morgana... I ended up watching the rest of that season, all day long.
Unfortunately, my life during those years was sporadic at best due to the military. Last summer I bought all five seasons and watched them straight through. I'd been under the impression that the series would concern itself with the "before they were famous" concept I had fallen in love with, and I was surprised at how far season 4 went, bringing Arthur to the kingship, and the knights of the round table together in Camelot. I confess to reading reviews before I started season 5, so my experience with the final season of Merlin was abnormal, in that I knew the ending before watching it, and watching it one episode each night for two weeks, rather than once a week for three months or so.
Therefore, my impression of that season, by itself and in relation to the rest of the series, may be slightly skewed. I was disappointed, my friends. Not with the acting - never that! - nor with the writing, which mostly was beautiful (or else Colin and Bradley just made it beautiful...) but with the choices made by the producers. These are my contentions:
1) The series spends 3 seasons under Uther's kingship. I have no argument with this, as it allows the focus on "before they were famous", which I love. However, this choice begs the series to bring Arthur and Merlin and the rest to the point where the legends begin. Arthur as the young new king, Merlin as his sorcerer, ready to begin a lifelong reign of peace and prosperity.
2) Seasons 1 and 2 deal heavily in magical creatures. This added to the 'fairy tale' quality that I loved. However, the invasion of the Saxons is strictly historical, and anchoring the series with a modern-day Merlin expects the audience to believe the events portrayed as actual, rather than fictitious.
3) The love triangle of Arthur-Gwen-Lancelot. Making Gwen a servant girl with no chance at marrying a prince, no matter how they may feel explains her willingness to fall for a common-born knight, who is much more in her league. Taking Lancelot away from Camelot for a few years allows Gwen to fall in love with Arthur while explaining how her feelings for Lancelot would remain, as well. Making the "betrayal" a result of Lancelot's shade acting at Morgana's orders and Gwen herself being under enchantment, is a very gentle and kind way of treating that part of the legend. Merlin forced into sparing young Mordred's life, or being reluctant to kill Morgana through seasons 4 and 5 is in keeping with these ideals as well. Which leaves one unprepared for (and a little betrayed by, honestly) the harsh absolutism of Arthur's prophesied end. And don't even get me started on the use of prophecy in literature and film...
4)The series ends with the death of Arthur. This also, I have no argument with intrinsically, as of course it is semi-historical and Arthur did (eventually) die. However, if this was the intention all along, I contend that the 3 seasons of King Uther (as opposed to only 2 for Arthur) take volumes away from the claim that Arthur was the greatest king in British history, and the extreme youth of the characters negate the ideas of Merlin's power and success and a golden Arthurian age. If the end of the legend was the goal of the series, it would have been better to portray middle-aged characters who'd been vital to Camelot for decades. It would also have been better to leave off the explicit prophesies that Merlin is unable to circumvent (though not for lack of trying), and the intro line of every episode placing all responsibility and blame directly on the protagonist. All that considered, it cannot be argued very well that Merlin succeeded. And how do you do that to the star of the show?
All right, now, enough of the soap box. I had thought that as the months passed, I would 'get over' the series end. Alas... I never had any inclination to dabble in fanfiction for any other series - LOTR, Harry Potter, whatever... But, due to the unsatisfactory ending of a series I have loved like no other, here I am, seeking solace in fandom. I have read MANY good stories here, and have just finished my first.
I would seriously love for BBC to make a sequel... but how often do they do that? I can describe half a dozen ideas just from fics here on how the series could continue post 5.13, but networks never bring back a series after it's officially ended. There have been rumors of feature-length movies, but I hear they would probably deal with inter-season plots rather than "fixing" the ending...
Well. I know I haven't said anything exactly "personal" here, but if you're still reading... congratulations. And thanks. I feel a little better.
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