It’s time for another spotlight. I have chosen Marian from my Robin Hood/King Arthur Retelling. She’s a spunky young woman that’s forced to live with Sheriff Magar at the death of her parents. She sees the oppression and poverty rampant in England (I’ve put her in the early fifteenth century for now, at least) and as she is continually stirred by the nation’s troubles she begins to do everything in her power to combat tyranny and fight for peace and justice.
What inspired Marian?
Do you want the embarrassing truth or do you want me to doctor it into something that sounds better? The truth of the matter is I love playing in the mirror and because of my love of Robin Hood, I envisioned this tough young woman who only pretended to be a man, her pseudonym doing much to protect her identity. I began putting together the scene, and I decided that this needed to come alive for real. As for what Marian looks like, she resembles a cross between my mom and sister, and Julia Ormond was as close as I could find. (Besides, she was Guinevere in First Knight. I adore that movie).
So she’s Robin Hood, basically. What makes her go out and rob from the rich to give to the poor?
More than anything it was her upbringing. Her father seemed to forget that she was a girl and she was allowed to run wild, much to her mother’s dismay. She had always had a mind of her own and her father encouraged her in her independence, eventually actually giving in to teaching her swordplay. Her parents were also very intent upon keeping Nottingham a safe and fair place, and when they were killed and the sheriff of Derbyshire took over, Marian got to see first-hand what tyranny and an iron fist do and it angered her. Never one to sit on the sidelines, she decides to do something about it.
Does she have Merry Men?
She meets (actually, she’s kidnapped and manages to make them let her free) a ragtag group of outlaws. At first they were planning on ransoming, then killing her, but as she proves herself to be of their ideals they begin to trust her. They consist of John and his son Guinson, Haelen, Jeffrey and Barric.
(Guinson Little, the baby of the group).
(Closest thing to Haelen I could find).
(Jeffrey. I couldn’t resist, okay?)
(This is the closest I could find to Barric).
If Marian lived in the modern day, what genre of music would she like?
Hm. Probably more musical theater stuff. Something not too pop, not too classical. And she would love the power ballads. But Sondheim would take some getting used to.
What’s something she admires about herself?
Her tenacity. She’s very headstrong and when she puts her mind to something, she never gives up.
Is there something she regrets? What is it?
Her overall regret is accepting Magar’s invitation for her to stay in Derbyshire. She now isn’t allowed to leave and when she attempts to regain some of her freedoms he punishes her through hurting others.
Is she a talker or a listener?
A bit of both. She very carefully watches everything around her and speaks to cover up the fact that she’s ingesting as must information as she can. She paints herself as a proper lady.
What does she struggle with?
Her temper is one of her greatest vices. It’s often gotten her into trouble and now that she’s playing a dangerous game she has to keep a tighter leash on it lest it get her into trouble. She also speaks her mind without thinking of the consequences — it’s another thing she’s having to keep in check.
How does she handle those she dislikes?
Probably not as well as she should. She likes to escape, citing certain duties as a means to leave. With Magar, she has to act submissive and it angers her. He knows she hates him, but they’re both aware that she can do nothing about it. So when Marian becomes Robin Hood, she makes it a personal goal to make him suffer as best she can.
If she lived in the modern day, what would she do?
She would probably be in college getting a degree in law or something. To quote Bela from Yokai Ningen Bem, “when [she] decides [she] likes some[thing] [she’s] serious about it.” She probably would apply herself to her studies until she accomplished her goal, and she would probably have a close group of friends who shared her drive and opinions.
How would she feel about Disney’s Merida?
In a lot of ways I think she would relate, seeing as neither of them want to get married, both prefer spending time outdoors with weapons and doing daredevil things, but she would disapprove of Merida’s treatment of her mother. And she would probably think the bear thing was really weird, seeing as she doesn’t know she’s come in contact with magic yet.
What was she like as a child?
Basically like she is now but with less inhibitions. Her mother constantly worried about where she was and what she was doing, and there have been several instances where she’s broken either a bone or something belonging to a neighbor in her wild escapades. She now knows how to behave like a lady, even if she’s pretty grudging about it.
Who are her friends?
At the present moment everyone she’s ever considered herself close to is in Nottingham and she can’t go there. But she is building trust with the group of outlaws and a strange woman has just appeared in Derbyshire. Marian insisted the woman, whose name is Morgan, stay, even if she doesn’t entirely trust her.
What is her ultimate goal?
What she really wants is peace. Both for herself and for her countrymen. She doubts it’ll ever happen, but she applies herself to fulfilling her dreams to the best of her ability.
So that was Marian. I’m actually struggling a bit with her story right now because there isn’t much action at the present moment. But she’s very dear to me and I look forward to spending more time with her. Biting remarks and all.