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ingebjorg9: (Krister)
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 12:00 pm
It was late 2009 when I accidentally stumbled across Wallander late one night.  I think it was a Thursday, and I had just got home after another long day at the coal face and was channel surfing, looking for something worth watching until bedtime.  I landed on BBC Four - or it may well have been BBC Two, it's not really important now.  What is important is that I didn't immediately switch away from whatever channel it was.  I stopped and watched, and listened to the dialogue in Swedish, and read the subtitles, and stared at Ola Rapace's face and thought "Mmm..."

Once I got over my initial confusion (Wallander?  Isn't that the thing that Kenneth Branagh's in??) I was really enthralled with what I saw.  The characters were compelling, the scenery was amazing, the Swedish dialogue was enjoyable to listen to and - most importantly - the acting was very, very good.  It was very easy to get hooked, initially on Ola Rapace's portrayal of Stefan, then also on Krister Henriksson as Kurt, Johanna Sällström as Linda, and from there the original Wallander books and some of Henning Mankell's other writings and...  Well, you get the idea.

The major problem, however, was that there was NO fandom.  I went looking for information on the actors and characters (for instance I searched for pictures of Ola, tried to find out what else Krister and Johanna had been in, and searched for filming locations that I recognised from the episodes) and came up with very little in English.  And of course, most of the "Wallander" links and all of the fanfic I came across was for the Branagh version - most of it heavily featuring Tom Hiddleston as "Magnus".  Bleh.

Several years later things have improved somewhat, due to more recognition of Krister's portrayal of Kurt and the general surge of enthusiasm for all things Nordic Noir.  However, Swedish Wallander still remains a tiny fandom, even in comparison with British Wallander - which is still full of breathless fangirling over Tom Hiddleston as "Magnus".  Bleh.  And apart from my own love and enthusiasm for Swedish Wallander, it's this that fuels much of what I post online.  I post the kind of things I would have liked to find when I first started out in fandom, because I want it to be easier for other new fans than it was for me.  I share links and post screencaps, and look for news about Krister and the other actors because something as good as this deserves to be shared and be better known!  And every so often I find another like-minded fan, and then things don't seem quite as lonely :)

So what have I got so far?

Wallander-related posts on Tumblr
My collection of episode screencaps
Vagebond's Movie Screenshot collection (scroll down the list for the first 11 Wallander episodes)

In the Footsteps of Wallander official guide to locations

Wallander fanfic not including "Magnus"

There could be a lot more here, and when I have time I'm going to put together a master list of Wallander-related links. In the meantime, if anyone out there has anything to add, please please please drop me a line!!
ingebjorg9: (Kurt Wallander)
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 09:35 pm
 I've posted on a couple of comms now, to spread the word about the awesomeness of Wallander!

Pitch on Fandom of One

Fandom pimp on Small Fandoms Fest

And at some point I'm going to get some fanfic written.  If only there were 26 hours in a day!
ingebjorg9: (Kurt Wallander)
Monday, April 8th, 2013 10:07 pm
Yesterday I finally finished working through my photographs from my trip to Ystad last September.  The final count is 430 of Ystad, Skåne and a detour to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, but I had a couple of hundred more that I didn't keep.  This is the most photos I've taken of anywhere.  I wanted to document as much of what I saw as possible, but then again Ystad is amazingly photogenic anyway.

I've posted some of the pictures at my Tumblr blog, and a good few on Panoramio.  The hard task now is deciding which I want to have printed for my walls.  This is a strong contender:

as well as this:

Ultimately, though, it's just lovely to have so many reminders of a great trip.  I hope I'll be back there soon!

It's been good to get through all the photos, but now I really need to get back to writing.  I've signed up to pimp my beloved fandom on [ profile] smallfandomfest, so I have to have something ready by April 30th.  I also need to get on with The Assignment and The Men From Stockholm.  The longer I leave them, the guiltier I feel, but on the other hand I'm relishing the thought of all this writing!
ingebjorg9: (Picard facepalm)
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 01:21 pm
Search for "Wallander", then see how many pages you have to scroll down before you come to a picture that's NOT of Tom Hiddleston.  I had to scroll about 12 times before I finally found sirbranagh's photo of ol' Ken smiling quite happily to himself.

Whereas I might have been willing to give the Branagh adaptations a try (in spite of their liberal interpretation of the books), the Hiddleston fangirls that have overrun that corner of the fandom have completely put me off.  It's telling that an awful lot of the Tom Hiddleston stuff that I see thrown around is also from the other things he has appeared in, like The Avengers, but still ends up tagged with "Wallander" and "Magnus Martinsson".  (As an aside, I think I actually prefer him as the unpleasant Loki than as the BBC's grossly inaccurate portrayal of Martinsson, but that's still not saying much.)  He gets a disproportionate amount of attention because he's young and (apparently some people's idea of) pretty.  But I still don't get what's supposed to be so damn attractive about the guy, and I guess I never will.

On another note, the "Martinsson" he plays is NOT the Martinsson of the novels, who is a married family man.  He begins the series as a young offcer, but over the course of the books he ages, has several children and in Firewall eventries to betray Wallander.  Anyone, in fact, who romanticises his relationship with Wallander probably hasn't read Firewall.  The Martinsson of the books is also pretty unlikely to be shipped with Linda because, well, squick.  Also, his name is not Magnus.  His first name is actually never given in the books, and Magnus is certainly not mentioned.  The Swedish series might not be to everyone's taste, but Douglas Johansson is to my mind a lot closer to the original Martinsson.

I put it to you, then, that "Magnus Martinsson" is an impostor.  Just an irreverent thought!

It's not all bad on Tumblr, though.  I found this nice picture of Krister Henriksson and Henning Mankell on set together.  There are also some really pretty pictures of Ystad.  And once I get on Tumblr and start spamming it with Swedish Wallander all will be right with the world! >:-D
ingebjorg9: (Kurt Wallander)
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 09:58 pm

jellied-egg, I think I love you XD
ingebjorg9: (O RLY?)
Thursday, July 12th, 2012 10:20 pm
Just a small quibble about the Wallander fandom, and it's this: when I go looking for Wallander fanfics, almost all the stories I find are about Tom Hiddleston.  Yes, ok, technically they're about Tom Hiddleston's portrayal of Martinsson in Branagh's adaptations of Wallander, but what it basically boils down is that they're about Tom Hiddleston. Fandom, y u no write about something other than Tom Hiddleston??  Now I'm off to drink a large akvavit and look at pictures of Ola Rapace :-P