Thursday, 7 January 2016

Pretty Little Liars and the awesome Ian Harding

Last year I decided to go ahead and sign up to Netflix after spending some time down at my Mum's watching Once Upon A Time. Since then I have watched some other pretty cool series including The Tudors, Reign (highly recommend), 90210 and Life Unexpected. When I came to the end of Life Unexpected I chatted to my sister on the phone and she recommended I watched Pretty Little Liars. I wasn't sure if it would be my sort of thing but I thought I would give it a go and I am glad I did as I became hooked from the very first episode. 

I don't want to give two many spoilers away (and to be fair I am only currently on season 3 and I know there are going to be a lot of twists and turns in the story to come) but Pretty Little Liars is based around a group of four girls named Aria, Spencer, Hannah and Emily. Their best friend Alison has gone missing and they start getting random messages from an anonymous person named "A" who threatens to reveal all their deepest darkest secret. This brings the girls together as they try to figure out what happened to their friend Alison and who this mysterious A person really is.  The story is so well written that you actually are constantly thinking that every character could be A. One minute you are convinced it's one person and then the next minute it's on to someone else. 

Pretty Little Liars is loosely based on a series of books of the same name by Sara Shepard. I am actually hoping to get hold of some of these books in the future as I am a total book worm. I  love nothing more than relaxing with a good book.  

So I was watching the first ever episode of Pretty Little Liars and came across this amazing character called Erza Fitz who basically made me go "Wow!" out loud. I'm not going to say it wasn't his looks that attracted me to his character initially because that would be lying. I mean look at him....

Ian Harding as Ezra Fitz

Ezra is an English teacher played by the extremely talented actor. Ian Harding. Ezra comes into the story as he meets Aria in a bar one day and they end up making out. Aria lies and tells Ezra she is at college when really she is at high school and he ends up being surprised to find that he is her teacher. I don't want to give spoilers away but their is an ongoing storyline surrounding their relationship. I'm a bit of a romantic and love seeing them happy together but it's a bit of a bumpy ride for this couple and you never know what's around the corner (unless like me you have accidentally read a few spoilers here and there). 

Ezra is quite a mysterious character in a way. He doesn't really give much away about his life and I am just getting to learn more about his back story in season 3. I think one of the reasons I like Ezra is because he comes across as kind of awkward at times and he's a bit of a dork...just a very good looking one. He comes across as quiet, serious and shy at times. 

I really admire Ian Harding for the way he portrays Ezra so I decided to start following him on twitter (@IANMHARDING) and started looking through his old posts, pictures and various videos. I don't think many people know this about me but when I was in my early teens I wanted to be an actress and I studied drama at school and even took private speech and drama lessons. Sadly for me my anxiety got in the way and I didn't fulfil my dreams. However I know how hard it is to become an actor and how competitive it is especially in the States. I admire people like Ian who are living the dream and enjoying it. 

Ian Harding as Ezra Fitz

Whilst browsing around twitter I noticed that there was lots of fan accounts for Ian in various countries around Europe but there wasn't an "active" one for the UK. This got me thinking that there should be one as I know there are lots of fans of Pretty Little Liars in the UK. I have always been a bit of a fan girl and have ran online fan groups before - Schofield fans for Phillip Schofield fans (before his official site came about) and I continue to and enjoy running the Jules Hudson Fans  - so I thought I could do this. So a couple of days ago I set up Ian Harding Fans UK on twitter and Facebook. My main goal with this is for fans in the UK to follow so we can chat about Ian and his work, to make new friends and to share pictures and news. I think it will also be awesome to be able to show Ian that he has a group of fans here in the UK who appreciate his work. 

As already mentioned on my blog I  have been quite poorly with my chronic fatigue and I am at home at the moment so I have plenty of time but I also know that if I need help with running the fan pages that other fans will also help by sharing pictures and content. In fact on Facebook I have enlisted the help of a great loyal fan of Ian's called Sarah who has helped share some great pictures and videos. It's very early days at the moment but I am hoping that fans of Ian in the UK will eventually come across us and join in. 

Last night was a really awesome night for Pretty Little Liars as they won an award for best cable drama in the People's Choice Awards in the US. I am so pleased for the cast and crew as the show is really great and very gripping. Like I said I am totally hooked and can't wait to catch up with the rest of the world who will be tuning in next week for the second part of season 6 (which becomes available on Netflix here in the UK on the 13th January). This next part of the season will be 5 years on from the previous episodes so it will be very interesting for fans to see where the characters are in their lives. All I know is it's going to be good! 

And when Pretty Little Liars finishes I will be really interested to see what Ian does next in his career. I wonder what other roles he will take on. I think he will have a long career ahead of him and I wish him all the luck in the world. 

If you happen to come across this blog post and you are a Pretty Little Liars or Ian Harding fan please feel free to follow my pages and say hello:

@Ian_HardingUK on Twitter
Ian Harding Fans UK on Facebook

I am also interested to hear from other fans of Pretty Little Liars so if you are a fan please feel free to leave me a comment (no spoilers). Or if you decide to start watching after reading my post, come back and let me know how you get on. Be prepared to get the really catchy theme tune stuck in your head too! Enjoy!

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