I’ve found a new love and it’s the Merlin tele series. I’m a bit slow on the uptake of some of these shows but when I fall for a show, I fall hard.
I think I like Merlin so much because I like a hero who has to deal with living in the mundane world while also struggling to hide and come to terms with the magical world they truly belong to. I enjoy characters who live two lives in one. And I enjoy stories filled with magic and monsters.
For years I avoided watching this show because I couldn’t handle the haircuts. Yes, I’m that shallow. But in my mind Camelot would not have a king, prince or mage with short hair styles. It seemed … wrong.
It irked me, but after watching the first episode, with heaps of encouragement from my awesome partner “to give it a go”, I was sucked into the story.
Basically anything with magic in it will get my attention but what really sold me on the series was the dragon. The dragon character (voiced by the late John Hurt) is a guide to Merlin and a support to him as he grows into his powers. But the dragon is also a contagonist in that he has his own agenda. He is not aligned with the antagonist and initially encouraged Merlin to take actions that would be in the dragon’s best interest and not that of the antagonist or the protagonist.
The contagonist characters are fascinating because we do not know where their loyalties lie and they can switch sides as it suits them but eventually there is a moment in their story arc when they commit one way or the other.
When I got to the episode when the dragon committed his loyalties chills of excitement rushed through my body and my heart opened. For me, it was a pivotal moment in the story and one that I loved.
The other fantastic thing about watching Merlin is that it inspires me with my creative imagination.
I learn so much about the art and craft of story telling from watching these shows. And I feel inspired to jot down my own dragon stories that have been bouncing around inside my head for years. I have written parts of stories with dragons in them but I have not spent the time delving deep and developing them.
I think this year, after I complete Tuppence Weatherstorm, I’ll put my mind to the dragon that lurks in the dark spaces of my mind and give her life on the page.
Thanks Merlin for your inspiration.