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This will probably be of no interest to anyone but I have just discovered that they made a mini (in Germany) about Baron von Trenck a few years back. Super-glee. I need to get my hands on it.

WTF? Ask most of you.

Allow me to go back to my childhood. When I was about 11 or 12, I read George Sand's novel Consuelo about Consuelo, a beautiful and wonderful Mary Sue of an opera singer. Even at that age, I found the incredibly pure, virtuous, whiny and dull heroine annoying (oh, look - her voice is the bestest ever! oh look she gets Haydn to fall for her! oh look she is super-beautiful and kind to her evil rivals! oh look she is the only one who can coax the rather insane Baron Albert into the present world! oh look - she is so amazing she makes me want to dry-heave!).

Despite that it was a rather fun, picaresque novel if you could overlook its wet blanket heroine, mainly because she had a lot of adventures in her life. One such adventure involved her travelling with Haydn (really!) while cross-dressing as a boy (really!) and being kidnapped by the Prussian military recruiters (really!). From such an undesirable situation she was rescued by a nobleman named von Trenck who was a real historical figure. Ms. Sand rather drooled over him - mentioning things like his love for Princess Amelie (sister of Friederich the Great), his escape from the 18th century version of maximum-security prison etc. Most importantly, because von Trenck was taken by Princess Amelie (secretly married to her, in fact) unlike every other male between 15 and 80, he did not fall for Consuelo. That alone made him a crush object.

Anyway, I sort of developed an interest in him since then - he's had a crazily colorful life: secret husband of a Princess (which fact landed him in prison from which he escaped), another prison stint where he was chained up hand and foot, military adventures, beheading by the French during the French revolution etc etc. Basically, it all sounds like it could be a lot of fun in fiction form, so color me excited for a mini!
dangermousie: (Default)
This will probably be of no interest to anyone but I have just discovered that they made a mini (in Germany) about Baron von Trenck a few years back. Super-glee. I need to get my hands on it.

WTF? Ask most of you.

Allow me to go back to my childhood. When I was about 11 or 12, I read George Sand's novel Consuelo about Consuelo, a beautiful and wonderful Mary Sue of an opera singer. Even at that age, I found the incredibly pure, virtuous, whiny and dull heroine annoying (oh, look - her voice is the bestest ever! oh look she gets Haydn to fall for her! oh look she is super-beautiful and kind to her evil rivals! oh look she is the only one who can coax the rather insane Baron Albert into the present world! oh look - she is so amazing she makes me want to dry-heave!).

Despite that it was a rather fun, picaresque novel if you could overlook its wet blanket heroine, mainly because she had a lot of adventures in her life. One such adventure involved her travelling with Haydn (really!) while cross-dressing as a boy (really!) and being kidnapped by the Prussian military recruiters (really!). From such an undesirable situation she was rescued by a nobleman named von Trenck who was a real historical figure. Ms. Sand rather drooled over him - mentioning things like his love for Princess Amelie (sister of Friederich the Great), his escape from the 18th century version of maximum-security prison etc. Most importantly, because von Trenck was taken by Princess Amelie (secretly married to her, in fact) unlike every other male between 15 and 80, he did not fall for Consuelo. That alone made him a crush object.

Anyway, I sort of developed an interest in him since then - he's had a crazily colorful life: secret husband of a Princess (which fact landed him in prison from which he escaped), another prison stint where he was chained up hand and foot, military adventures, beheading by the French during the French revolution etc etc. Basically, it all sounds like it could be a lot of fun in fiction form, so color me excited for a mini!
dangermousie: (Default)
This will probably be of no interest to anyone but I have just discovered that they made a mini (in Germany) about Baron von Trenck a few years back. Super-glee. I need to get my hands on it.

WTF? Ask most of you.

Allow me to go back to my childhood. When I was about 11 or 12, I read George Sand's novel Consuelo about Consuelo, a beautiful and wonderful Mary Sue of an opera singer. Even at that age, I found the incredibly pure, virtuous, whiny and dull heroine annoying (oh, look - her voice is the bestest ever! oh look she gets Haydn to fall for her! oh look she is super-beautiful and kind to her evil rivals! oh look she is the only one who can coax the rather insane Baron Albert into the present world! oh look - she is so amazing she makes me want to dry-heave!).

Despite that it was a rather fun, picaresque novel if you could overlook its wet blanket heroine, mainly because she had a lot of adventures in her life. One such adventure involved her travelling with Haydn (really!) while cross-dressing as a boy (really!) and being kidnapped by the Prussian military recruiters (really!). From such an undesirable situation she was rescued by a nobleman named von Trenck who was a real historical figure. Ms. Sand rather drooled over him - mentioning things like his love for Princess Amelie (sister of Friederich the Great), his escape from the 18th century version of maximum-security prison etc. Most importantly, because von Trenck was taken by Princess Amelie (secretly married to her, in fact) unlike every other male between 15 and 80, he did not fall for Consuelo. That alone made him a crush object.

Anyway, I sort of developed an interest in him since then - he's had a crazily colorful life: secret husband of a Princess (which fact landed him in prison from which he escaped), another prison stint where he was chained up hand and foot, military adventures, beheading by the French during the French revolution etc etc. Basically, it all sounds like it could be a lot of fun in fiction form, so color me excited for a mini!

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