How Fancasting Can Help Flesh Out A Character - or, How Rufus Sewell Became My King Arthur

Recently when writing stories, I’ve got very into fancasting. This is where you select models or actors to play the characters in your head and it’s super-helpful for describing appearance or expressions and keeping them consistent.

One of my latest projects is a childrens’ story called The Wingless Dragon & the Crystal Cage. A great deal of the plot revolves around the king, queen and their seven daughters. The story is based on some dolls I owned as a little girl, and the games I used to play with them. Naturally my first course of action was to fancast actors and models that looked like the dolls. I then allowed a bit of flexibility because that helped the characters separate themselves from the dolls and become their own entities. Hence the character of Prince William started out with blond hair and blue eyes like his doll, but rapidly changed to having brown hair and green eyes because I fancast Jeremy Sumpter.

(I know hair-dye is a thing that exists, but honestly I had too many blond people in this story. It wasn’t my fault: that’s just the way the dolls came.)

This also allowed me to have some fun with the fancasting. I mentioned I cast Jeremy Sumpter as the prince, but that was partly to do with the fact that I cast Rachel Hurd-Wood (who co-starred with him in Peter Pan when they were children) as his partner, Princess Flo - because she looks exactly like my doll.

Another gag I played was fancasting Robin Wright as the Queen, Morrigan. Her breakout role was playing a fairytale princess, so I had a giggle over casting her as a literal fairy queen.

For her husband, King Arthur (because 9-year-old me had no sense of originality), I initially fancast Kenneth Branagh. 

Not only did he bear a passing resemblance to the doll, but he’s played a few kings in his time, and he’s good at being a snob - which at that point was all the character traits I had for Arthur in my head. He’s not a pivotal character so I hadn’t developed him much.

There was one problem: I’d cast this gorgeous girl as one of their daughters, Rosalind. She doesn’t look remotely like either of them, but her ethereal looks were so perfect for the kind of character Rosalind is. I mean seriously, this young lady is a fairy princess, is she not?

(This girl is a child model called Riley Brown, and she models alongside her non-identical twin sister Misty. Go and check out their work. They’re lovely girls.)

Well, I thought, fairy genetics don’t have to make sense. Maybe Rosalind inherited all the recessive genes. But something still seemed off about the family tree. And of course if you know me, you’ll know that I’m very interested in family resemblances. And it was in doing that post that I suddenly realised.

Mature actor.

Black hair.

Big green eyes.


So off I went to Tumblr’s “Rufus Sewell” tag… and suddenly Arthur came alive for me as he never had before. This generic king character, who was really only in the background, suddenly had a history with his queen, and an entirely new personality, simply based on the gifs I was looking at of Lord Melbourne. I’ve barely seen an episode of Victoria. Also Count Adhemar was giving me ideas for a young Arthur too, alongside gifs of young Robin Wright as Buttercup. I could picture Arthur as a brash young prince and Morrigan as the overly-serious princess, and how they both had to grow into their roles.

Everything just fell into place for these two.

It’s helped hugely with my writing, in establishing Arthur as more than just a king; in exploring the relationship between him and Morrigan and how it’s changed; how they deal with conflicting opinions when their decisions affect a kingdom; even how they deal with their daughter and heir, Flo, and her partner William. And yeah, none of their backstory has any effect on the plot, but it does affect how they act around each other. It makes them feel more real and rounded, more alive. It’s been great.

Thanks, Rufus. :)


BTS has revealed their feelings about being selected as the role model by new young artists.

In the press conference before their first stage performance of ‘2017 LIVE TRILOGY EPISODE III, THE WINGS TOUR in Seoul’ at Seoul Gocheok Skydome on February 18th, BTS said “We feel honored and amazed that junior artists have chosen them as their role model”.

“It was just a few years ago that we, too, would talk about our own role models or our senior artists we looked up to and become really excited,” said Suga, while sharing his special impression of the phenomenon.

He continued with his sincere message, “What we would want to tell our juniors is that at the time of the debut, there are many hard obstacles and worries. There were times when we couldn’t sleep because we were so distressed and worried, but I would like to tell them (their juniors) that the good days will come, for sure.”

“There are so many talented, amazing artists. I hope they grow up to become another seniors and have wonderful influence on the music industry,” said Suga, showing his mature side.

On February 18th, BTS will reveal their first stage performance of ‘Spring Day’, as well as their new songs on the album ‘WINGS:A Supplementary Story’, and the ‘WINGS Tour’ will be continued in total 11 cities with total 19 stage concerts.


TRANS CR: Song mi @ Bangtan Tumblr


Genies List - It Girl of the Month

Tigerlily Taylor for Genies List first/launch issue.

Photography:  Savannah McMillan.

Make-Up: Olivia Newman Young.

By Amy. February 11, 2017

What made you go into modelling?

I thought it would be a good way to make contacts in the creative world, since starting I have had the opportunity to talk to photographers and journalists which has been great for my interests in both areas.

What does the word ’ influencer’ mean to you?

Well someone could be a negative or a positive influencer. For me, a positive influencer is someone who uses their a public platform to inform, inspire and encourage others to strive for the improvement of the aspects of society which still have room for growth; such as gender and race equality. Whatever the medium, as an influencer you have an obligation to convey a message about the power of intellect and solidarity between human beings, rather simply focusing on an aesthetic image.

What music are you listening to right now?

Now that I have record player up and running in Brighton, I have been listening to a David Bowie live stage record that my grandmother gave me for Christmas.

Top tips on staying healthy this year?

Drink water, constantly. And find a form of exercise that you love and that you can improve at.

Travel plans for this year?

I am finishing university in May so am planning on going on tour with my dad for a bit in the U.S. My boyfriend and I also want to travel Japan together so hopefully we will get that sorted soon. I hate being in the same place for too long so I feel like travelling is my lifeblood! All I want to do is travel the world, take pictures and write about it!

What are your top beauty tips?

I use a Kiehls skin regime for my face but I moisturise with natural grapeseed oil. Other than that, just drink lots of water.

What festivals are you going to this year?

I am definitely going to Glastonbury but other than that I feel like I could forego the others. I would rather go away somewhere.

What trainers are you into at the moment?

I am cultivating an unhealthy obsession for Reeboks at the moment. They just keep bringing out the good collaborations and new styles. My favourite new pair are the Alife x Reebok phase 1 Pro. The problem is I wear them all too often so they don’t stay fresh for very long.

What brand do you think is going to be big this year?

Bluebella! They are a lingerie company who make great styles that are comfortable and affordable. The pieces are designed by women, for women and encourage the idea of buying lingerie for yourself, not just for your partner. Also, my friends Jana Sasha Haveman and Laura Castro Poorta’s brand, Vali. Their bohemian designs are heavily influenced by their Ibizan backgrounds and have a really authentic vintage feel to them. They make incredibly beautiful and some very dramatic dresses.

Model!Oikawa and stylist!Iwaizumi:

I know I’ve already done model au, but what if Oikawa is a model with one of the weirdest fashion sense in a certain piece of clothing. ( >؂•̀ )☆

  • Having twin younger sisters to take care of and dress up, Iwaizumi is not only the world best big brother but has found his love in styling and fashion in a young age.
  • Iwaizumi runs a fashion blog during his school year and gets discovered by a famous stylist in his first year in college. He starts working as intern in the same model agency along his mentor and becomes an official stylist fresh out of college. 
  • Iwaizumi is never a nosy person, even with his sharp eyes and sense in fashion, he doesn’t normally criticise people outfit choice. But then there is Oikawa.
  • Oikawa Tooru is the bright new star of the model agency. Iwaizumi has helped with a few outfit selection for Oikawa’s photo shoots and has seen the final photo select of the model. But he has never worked with the model before. 
  • The first time Iwaizumi is assigned as Oikawa’s stylist, Iwaizumi almost chokes on his water when the model walks in the studio that day, in a red bat-sleeved sweater, plaid shorts, brown oxfords and a pair of neon green socks. 
  • (It takes great effort of Iwaizumi to ignore the little storm trooper heads adorned the hem of the socks.)
  • Iwaizumi mentally bangs his head to the wall when the first line he has with the model is “Please take off your socks.
  • Oikawa is confused but grins. “That’s a weird way of greeting. But at least you are not asking me to take off my pants?
  • The names are exchanged then and the socks are confiscated. Oikawa goes home in a new pair of simple-colored, boring, socks along with Iwaizumi’s private numbers.
  • They starts hanging out off work, and Iwaizumi regrets accepting Oikawa invitation to his apartment as soon as he sees Oikawa’s sock collections. 
  • Why are your socks all so obnoxiously bright and extravagant?” “I am being generous of showing a part of me that are plenty colorful.” “Can you spare the world the horror and do it with your underwear collection instead?
  • So you can be the only one to see them, Iwa-chan?


  • Iwaizumi’s confession gift to Oikawa is a pair of grey knitted socks and a pair of bold yellow and blue underwear with little space ships on them.

FN FS2000

Bullpup rifle composed almost entirely of polymer, the FS2000 is chambered in 5.56x45mm/.223. Although it’s select-fire model, the F2000, has been adopted by some military forces in several countries, the civilian model was discontinued. This has caused their price to rise quite a bit, making them an odd collectable. (GRH)