One week from today, Revenge returns to my television line-up…thank goodness! Last week I posted two blog entries, one for “Emily/Amanda” and one for “Charlotte.” Who better to round out this creative writing venture with than the matriarch herself – “Victoria”.
Representative of the Grayson matriarch’s spitfire personality and protective yet manipulative inclinations, I created a necklace design that’s a blend of royal violets and emerald-green crystals. Dubbed “Queen Victoria” by the show’s writers and fans, I choose a cameo pendant symbolizing elegance, class, and high-society. Plus, using a Victorian-style pendant was too perfect to pass up.
“Victoria Grayson” rules her world with fervor, determination, and ultimately a belief that she’s protecting her children. Her intentions may be good, but her methods cause mayhem and tragedy. Deep down, despite her faults, I am of the opinion that “Victoria’s” motives stem from envy. Jealousy of those who the love she lost and reflective of the choices she made to get her where she is now.
The Revenge writers created a character that you love to hate while also feeling sympathetic to her situation, though self-inflicted. “Victoria’s” portrayer, Madeleine Stowe, excels at bringing forth the complexities of her character. As such, this necklace represents not only “Queen V” but the elegance and talent that Ms. Stowe shares each week.
While those of us who call ourselves Revengers wait for the show’s return on December 8th, I took to my jewelry-making venture and made necklaces inspired by three of the female characters on ABC’s Revenge. To see the “Emily/Amanda”-inspired piece, click here. But, first…give “Charlotte” her turn in the spotlight.
“Charlotte Grayson Clarke” is a young woman torn apart by family. Raised in an affluent household, she lived a carefree life until her world crumbled around her. The revelation of her true parentage rattled her and had her searching for a place to call home and an identity that was all her own. She found the unconditional love she never got from the Graysons (her brother, Daniel, notwithstanding) through the love of “Declan Porter” and her half-sister, “Amanda”. She even found a friend in “Emily”, not knowing that “Emily” is actually “Amanda”. Confused, watch the show!
After numerous tragic events within a short period of time, Charlotte underwent a reinvention of sorts. She’s tougher, independent, and even a mini version of her mother. She’s taken the helm of her own life and in doing so, has distanced herself from “Emily”. Where not long ago she found a confidante and mentor in her brother’s fiancée, now she questions, distrusts, and even seeks to end the relationship. Princess Lotte remains in the dark as to her familial connection with “Emily”. So as she sets out to push “Daniel” towards happiness, she’s also destroying the plan her half-sister has put in motion.
Torn between two lives and ultimately two strong women, “Charlotte’s” necklace reflects a young woman attempting to take control of her life. I added ruby-red accent beads to tie in her relationship to “Emily/Amanda”. Plus, if my prediction is correct, the nautical theme will be quite apropos when Revenge takes it winter break.
To fill the void until ABC’s Revenge returns on Sunday, December 8th, I’ve merged my love of writing and entertainment with a new-found artistic venture…jewelry-making. Life inspires art, or in this case one artistic interest inspired another.
I have created necklaces inspired by three of the female characters on Revenge. First up…”Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke”.
Snatched from her father and the innocent life she led, a young “Amanda Clark” was forever changed in an instant. Driven by fury towards those who wrongly accused her father, a now grown “Emily Thorne” is a shadow of her childhood self. The young woman who returned to the Hamptons has tried desperately to maintain the persona she created so many years prior.
Very few know her true identity and fewer still know her true self. As our protagonist fights for justice, she strengthens the walls around her heart. Love in its truest and purest sense is difficult to maintain in the life that “Emily” has chosen. At least, so far that’s been the case. The romantic entanglements intertwine with lies, misunderstandings, and pain. Pain of what was lost and what could never be.
Focused in her mission to destroy the Graysons, her actions are purposeful and clever. Both the guilty and innocent have fallen prey to the path “Emily” willingly walks down. With blood on her hands and pain in her heart, she does battle with the scared little girl she left behind in seek of revenge.
*Visit the website to learn more about this complex character and the talented young woman, Emily Van Camp, who portrays her with grace and care.*