Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Fictional Guy of the Week: Dmitri Whatever-his-last-name-is.

This week's second Fictional Guy of the Week (because I missed last week) is Dmitri!!!

Location: Anastasia

His Story:

We don't really know about Dmitri. He worked in the Tzar/Czar/Tsar's palace when he was a little boy. We don't know anything about his family or where he came from or how he got an American accent growing up in Russia.

We do know that he's a conman and that he's willing to lie to a Grand duchess or empress or whatever she is and bring her a fake granddaughter. He just happened to stumble upon the real thing. That's a lucky break for him right?

So he found that actual Anastasia and he has to escort her from St. Petersburg, Russia to Paris, France with his comrade Vlad, some fat guy who actually has a Russian (sort of) accent. There are adventures as they try to avoid, unknowningly, the evil doings of Rasputin who is banished to the underworld. Yadda yadda yadda.

The good news is that they make it to Paris, Anastasia remembers stuff, and her grandmother gets her long lost granddaughter back. And after defeating Rasputin in the creepy gardens, Dmitri and Anastasia end up dancing on a boat floating down the river through Paris. Yay! Happy ending! They love each other!

Why He's FGW:

A few days ago, an anonymous friend of mine and I were talking about attractive cartoon guys. Yes, they exist... albeit rarely. Dmitri from Anastasia made our list. That's one reason why I picked him.

Also, I like that Dmitri is all confidence and such but he's really bad at "schmoozing" Anya. His charm just doesn't seem to work on her. But he wins her anyway! Woot! He saves her life and he gets her reunited with her only remaining family.

Okay, so I'm not a huge fan of the whole "con-man" thing but I over look it because he has many good qualities. He can keep his cool. He cares about his friends. He's willing to give up the thing he wanted most, the 1 million rubles, to give Anya her family. He walked away even when he didn't want to. Go Dmitri!

So let's have a shout out for my FGW, Dmitri!!!

 Until Next Time,
The Hopeless Romantic

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Fictional Guy of the Week: Junior Davis

[Author's Confession: Lately I've been pretty obsessed with a show that used to play on ABC Family so I couldn't stop myself from making the best thing on the show my FGW. Enjoy and don't judge me too harshly.]

And the Fiction Guy of the Week is... Junior Davis!

Location: ABC Family's WILDFIRE

His Story:

Technically his name is Kenneth Davis Jr but in the show he is called Junior. 

He's a spoiled rich kid. He drives a Porsche. His dad, Ken Davis Sr, has one of the biggest racing stables in California. Pretty much, Junior has a pretty nice life and he's a semi-decent guy. We should be annoyed by him... but somehow he comes off as endearing and charming. I mean, compared to the other guy in the show, Matt Ritter, Junior has it made and doesn't really have a care in the world.

As the series goes, Junior grows up and learns how to stand on his own two feet. He falls in love with the girl next door that lives on the Ritter farm, Kris Furillo, who dumps him. He leaves home, runs a club, loses the club, returns home to help run Davis Farms, tries his hand at bull riding, then he's back to running the farm. Oh and his best friend ends up dating his ex-girlfriend with whom he is still in love with.  By the end of the series, Junior is well off running his own company along with helping his dad run Davis Farms. And he finally lands the girl, Kris, and marries her. Yay!

Why He's FGW:

As I said at the very beginning, I've been pretty obsessed with this show for the last couple of weeks. (Thankfully, that's worn off a lot by now.) And I really "fell" hard for Junior. I think that despite that fact that he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth he became a really great, genuine guy. He does have flaws as do all men but he's done a lot to overcome them.

I really just like him. He makes this show worth watching in my opinion.

Junior Davis aka Ryan Sypek

Until Next Time,

The Hopeless Romantic

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer or Lack Thereof

Every year I yearn for summer. The thing with living in northern Utah is that every summer is different. Some are more hot. Some are more cold. Some more wet. Some more dry. You get my point. I guess this could be true for everywhere else right? I don't really know. I've only spent summers, aside from the occasional week or two in Texas, in northern Utah.

This year has been no different. I've yearned for summer. Longed for it. And yet, as with every other summer since I've turned twelve, summer isn't all it's cracked up to be. It turns out that I get bored easily. I lose interest in the things I love: reading, writing, and other stuff. (Those are pretty much my two favorite things. Oh and watching TV and movies- yes, I'm a sad little boring girl.)

Six weeks into the summer that I've spent lazing around when I'm not working and I'm ready to go back to school. What will happen when I don't have school to look forward to anymore? I guess, hopefully, I'll have a full time job that takes up some of my time. Maybe even a man.

The point of this rambling is mostly to admit that I thought I'd have more to blog about with all my free time. Turns out that I've lost much of my desire to blog. Hope that changes. So those of you who still read this, please don't give up on me. One day, I'll have something interesting for you to read... if you still want to.

Just keep keeping on.

Until Next Time,

The Hopeless Romantic

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Fictional Guy of the Week: Chuck Bartowski

The Fictional Guy of the Week is... CHUCK BARTOWSKI!!

Location: NBC's CHUCK

His Story:

When we first meet Chuck, he's in his mid to late 20s working at the local Buy More (think Best Buy) because he got kicked out of Princeton for cheating (A crime he did not commit by the way). He's a loser pretty much. Oh and he's still pretty hung up on his old girlfriend who dumped him for his best friend who happens to be the guy that accused Chuck of cheating. Kind of complicated now that I look at it. Anyway, Chuck is living a below average life with his sister and her boyfriend, Captain Awesome [Devon].

His life isn't going anywhere... until Chuck receives an email that changes his life... and his brain. Soon Chuck becomes a super computer, an Intersect to be more exact. And a spy. He's surrounded by CIA spy, Sarah and NSA agent, John Casey. Now it's up to this trio to save the world from all the bad guys. It is both amusing and entertaining. The best part is that Chuck still tends to remain a normal guy... despite that fact that he's a supercomputer who knows Kung Fu.

Why He's FGW:

I picked Chuck this week because I really like the fact that he's a nerd and a pretty normal guy. Even with a computer in his brain, he remains pretty much the same, albeit with some special skills. He still plays video games and hangs with his best friend Morgan. Chuck is still vulnerable and he's not always confident. It makes him real and normal and obtainable by the average girl (like me). He's not some super unattainable hottie who only gets super models. Although, Chuck does get the girl, Sarah, and she looks like a super model. But that's not the point. The point is that he's a normal guy and there's not a lot of those on TV. Okay, so he's not completely normal. He does have that Intersect in his brain and he can learn skills such as Kung Fu or ballroom dancing by using it. But he's still relative average.

Oh and I also love that he always wears Chucks (Converse). That's hot! And awesome!!

And now for the picture portion of today's FGW...

Until Next Time,
The Hopeless Romantic

Friday, June 3, 2011

Confessions of a Hopeless Shipper

I have come to the conclusion that I am hopeless. Pretty funny right? I mean the girl who write the Hopeless Romantic blog admits to being hopeless? Ha ha. Well it's really true!! Just in case you don't know what a shipper is let me give you a definition:
"A shipper?"
"Yeah, it's a person who invests in the relationships of a show." Castle, One Life to Live (3x18)

So I'm a "shipper". It's all part of my Hopeless Romantic ways. The problem isn't being a "shipper". The problem is who I "ship". Not only do I "ship" those who I'm pretty certain will get together but I "ship" the ones that WILL NEVER GET TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY DON'T WORK (or it's just not in the cards for them).

Perhaps I should give a little backstory to help explain why I came to this conclusion.

I've been watching this old nineties show, Wings, on Netflix. A basic overview is this: Joe Hackett runs an airline and his friend for twenty years, Helen, works at the lunch counter. Joe's brother, Brian, shows up and starts helping Joe run the airline. Several seasons into the show, Helen's sister, Casey, a recently divorced housewife, moves in with her. There are other people involved (Roy, Fay, Lowell, Antonio) but for the point of this post they're really not vital.

In the beginning I "shipped" Joe and Helen the "main" couple/characters. It was only natural. The progression of the show was headed that way. They were going to end up together eventually (even though they got together in the second season and then broke up for four seasons). They were the couple/people we (I) were focused on. That's just the way it was...

I was watching the sixth season of Wings last night when I realized that I was sort of... maybe kind of... shipping Brian and Casey. I knew that iit wouldn't happen. I knew they would never work. I was being realistic. But despite it all... I was "shipping" them and I was "shipping" them BAD! Well as is the way of things... Brian and Casey did have a fling. But then it was never mentioned again. I felt gipped. I felt saddened. I felt like they missed their moment. Being the awesome person that I am, I skipped to the series finale in hopes that maybe, just maybe, they got together at the very end of the show.
The result as a mixture of disappointment and hope. My disappointment stemmed from the lack of a Brian/Casey love relationship. My hope came from the fact that a friendship was established and that the show ended with them in a similar situation that was found at the beginning of the show. Instead of Joe running an airline and being friends with Helen; it was Brian running the airline and Casey was his friend. I left with the hope that maybe the same thing that happened to Joe and Helen would happen to Brian and Casey....

I know what you're thinking. "She's crazy!" "She's nuts!" "She needs to get a life!" Belive me, I already know these things. :)

This is what brought me to my conclusion. I "ship" the wrong people. Well, I "ship" the right people too. I just have the added bonus of being disappointed when the other people I want to get together don't.

I guess it's the hopeless romantic in me. I want everyone to be happy and in love. I want a happy ending. I like happy endings. And my childhood definition of a happy ending always involved the guy and girl getting together (living happily every after).

Here are a few of the "RIGHT" couples that I've "shipped" (I'd include pictures of the "WRONG" ones but some of them are hard to find pictures for so we'll just stick with the "RIGHT" ones.)

Booth and Brennan in BONES

Castle and Beckett in CASTLE

Chuck and Sarah in CHUCK

Monica and Chandler in FRIENDS

Ross and Rachel in FREINDS
 A part of growing up, I suppose, is learning to realize that a happy ending isn't always about falling in love or getting married. A happy ending can mean many things. I just have to figure them out. Another thing, despite what I may think, not everyone is meant to end up together.

Ah, the hard facts of life.

Until Next Time,

The Hopeless Romantic

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Fictional Guy of the Week: Han Solo

And the Fictional Guy of the Week is.... HAN SOLO!!!

Location: Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi

His Story:

Han Solo is a smuggler. But the Empire isn't supposed to know that. Han Solo is a bad boy. But he's not really bad; he just has a tendency to walk on the dark side. He mingles with shady people (like Jabba the Hut). Despite the fact that he has a selfish air about him, as we see more of him, Han Solo really does care. It's not all about money.

We don't know much of his private life besides his smuggling. We don't know about his family, where he is from, where he grew up, how he met his first mate, Chewbacca. All we really know is that once Han Solo gets involved with Luke Skywalker, his life heads in a very different direction. Next thing he knows, he's fighting for the rebellion and risking his neck for a snotty (well she's not super grateful, ya know) princess.

HAN SOLO: You like me because I'm a scoundrel. There aren't enough scoundrels in your life.
PRINCESS LEIA: I happen to like nice men.
HAN SOLO: I'm a nice man.
PRINCESS LEIA: No, you're not. You're...

Why He's FGW:

I picked Han Solo for this week's Fictional Guy of the Week because... well I love him. He's the perfect combination of cockiness, confidence, and self preservation. Yet he has the ability, whether by his choice or not, to change, to help his new found friends, the rebellion.

Han Solo knows how to work. He knows how to wield tools as works on his ship, the Millennium Falcon. He knows how to shoot a gun. He knows how to escape the Empire. He knows how to charm the pants off of the princess and win her over.

Basically, he's an awesome scoundrel!! We all need a man who acts like a scoundrel but is really a nice and good hearted man. At least that's what I think. Pretty much, I just wanted to share one of my favorite fictional guys that I've loved since I was a little girl. He's one of the biggest reasons I watch the original Star Wars trilogy.

Han Solo is... awesome!

Here's something to feast your eyes on...

Until Next Time,

The Hopeless Romantic