February 22, 2013

Fictional Fancies: Captain Jack Sparrow

Today's Fictional Fancy comes to us from Becca, who blogs about food, life and "where DIY meets Geekify" at Radical Geekery. (Becca was also featured recently as a Geek of the Week.) When she told me she wanted to write about Captain Jack Sparrow, my first thought was—why haven't I written this yet—and my second thought was—Johnny Depp on my blog? Yes, please.

A couple of weeks ago, Mandy put out the call for more Fictional Fancies submissions and I just jumped at the opportunity to gush about some of my favorite fictional peoples. I have a laundry list of my ‘in-my-head-we-are-best-friends/lovers’ fictional characters, but I’ll start out today with one of my all-time favorites.

Captain Jack Sparrow.

Who wouldn’t love this man? His voice is gorgeous, he is a pirate and well, he is freaking Johnny Depp (and look at the drool-worthy smile)

We first come to know of Captain Jack Sparrow in the beginning of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. He is on his "ship" coming in to Port Royal and you know he is going to be trouble … the kind of trouble you like! ;) As he comes in, his "ship" (a small dinghy) has started to sink and he is bailing it out with an old pail. As he is coming into the bay, he passes previous pirates that had been hung and left as a warning. He takes off his hat and gives them a nod and keeps on going. The closer he gets to dock, the farther his little boat sinks and as it reaches landing, he just steps off and keeps on going. That was one of the first things that drew me in—he didn’t give damn what other people thought, he just did his own thing and had a general plan for how he was going to do it and did it. Like Elizabeth Swann said, “He’s a pirate.”

When this movie first came out in theaters, I saw it 9 times. Yes, you read that right ... 9 times. I saw it with my siblings, my best friend, my parents, my papa. It was the blockbuster of the summer and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Side note: I had just graduated high school, didn’t have a boyfriend or a job, so I had lots of time on my hands.

Ahem. Back to Captain Jack. Jack is in Port Royal to commandeer a ship. Not just any ship, but the HMS Interceptor, the fastest ship in the Caribbean seas. As the story progresses, you find out he is trying to get his ship, the Black Pearl, back from his crew who mutinied him on an island 10 years ago.

Anyways, throughout the movie Jack makes decisions that well, aren’t the most honest or black and white (leaving Will behind, making a deal with Barbossa, taking Elizabeth Swann hostage, etc), but in the end, he always got what he wanted. This made me want him even more, he just made it all look so damn sexy. Captain Jack made me want to be a pirate. I mean, who could resist this?

Throughout the movie we are confronted with little dilemmas that Jack has to get through and with his way of speaking and brash forwardness, he always gets the girl (ahem, that should be gold in this case). I figure that if I have Captain Jack by my side that anything could happen and he'd get me through it ... I might be missing an arm or a leg, but it would be one big adventure that we could drink to in Tortuga with Gibbs and the crew.

In the end, it is really the whole package of Captain Jack Sparrow for me. The look: dreads, eyeliner and that red bandana, mmmhmm, oh wait, I’m getting distracted again. It’s also his voice (and that is mostly on Johnny Depp)—Captain Jack Sparrow's voice is one of the sexiest I’ve heard. It’s mysterious, sexy and trouble all-in-one. My favorite line has to be this one near the end of the movie. And he is a pirate, who could pass that up? In the end, I’d be with this pirate over Will Turner any day.

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  1. Thanks for letting me write this, it was so much fun! :)

  2. Thank YOU! It's always so fun to see that people get as enamored with fictional characters as I do. :)