Top Ten Fanvids

Okay, I should say these are MY top ten fanvids.

For anyone who’s been following this blog, you already know I lamented the difficulty of making this post and mainly because there are so many RA videos out there. But I had such a good time trying to watch as many as I could to be fair. These things are almost like my children. I didn’t realize I had it in me to love so many. All the more to make it difficult to highlight only ten. But what a great problem to have! And I scrapped my in-depth criteria. The post would have been too long, and it may be already! Quite simply the ones selected are the videos I find myself going back to again and again.

I put them in an order, but hey, this order could change tomorrow or maybe later today. LOL!

I’ve embedded all of them below which shouldn’t be a problem, but if enough people experience problems, I may change how I’ve configured this post.

#10 — the ethereal quality of the song and the editing make me accept this AU (Alternate Universe) story as canon! Very soothing on a lot of levels. LOL!

#9 — considering it’s Thornton’s longing we mostly see in North and South, I love this take on Margaret pining.

edit: this video is no longer on YouTube, so the creator of the video, ATFrancis, has given me permission to upload here, and if you would like your own copy, you can download at FoolishPassion, one of Elvira’s sites.

#8 — this was one of my first Guy videos, and it captures his angst over Marian perfectly. At one point it disappeared from YouTube, but then it came back. Yea! I’ve never gotten tired of watching it. I love the editing, and it was my introduction to Shinedown.

#7 — too much to write about why I love this one; maybe it should move up. No, I’ve got to stop somewhere. Thank you, DB for editing MJ’s song. It was way too long. Your timing is perfect.

#6 — this is a masterpiece and probably should be #1. It’s the shortest video on the list, but the impact of it is enormous. I’ll stop there or this post will be so long it won’t load.

#5 — the quality of this video is stunning. Please, please, please if you like it, download it in the 1080 format. It’s RA like you’ve never seen him. Oh, and it’s Shinedown again. Love it!

#4 — whatever “it” is, Nat has it. I’ll sum up this video in a word: brilliant. Also, great thanks to Heather for her wonderful inspiration!

#3 — this is one slick video. DB just gets better and better and she’s already great. Oh, I would love to go back and completely rewrite the post I did on this one!

#2 — it’s scary how many times I’ve watched this and not just at the normal speed but slowed down as well. I notice something new every time, so I can’t seem to stop analyzing it. The video is a feast.

#1 This video may be a 10.

Most of these are available for download. Check their YouTube descriptions to find out how.


  1. I don’t think I’d watched a fanvid before Christmas and now I can honestly claim to have seen all of them except the North and South one. What does that say about the hours and probably days of devotion I’ve put in getting caught up with what’s been happening on the Richard front? And I consider it time well spent!

    I’m so glad you included Stick-figure Richard in Sexy Back. What a giggle!

  2. The fanvids are lovely – matching of music to videos. Pick your own music, fans!

    SFR is such great fun.

    I have to admist that Guy-Meg vids are one of my favourites, not because there was a romantic future (deintitely not), but because of the place in which Gisborne was then, experiencing a further journey from his (partly in his mind, relationship with Marian), to a protective and more sensitive reaction to his world. If that makes any sense…

  3. Hmm, so..2 x JP vids, 3 x Guy vids, 3 x Lucas vids, 1 x N&S vid and of course, SFR!! Lucas seems to reign supreme!!

    Love your selection, some I know and some I haven’t seen before and interesting that other than SFR, you have only chosen single character videos – no character compilations, as it were. Also only 1 N&S fanvid? And no HK, JS, JM (amongst others). Nice to see some of the best vidders represented!!! And it’s good to see JP in there, I wish I had HD, darn it!

    But what is it about RA or his work that has inspired all these people to work so hard and produce all these wonderful fanvids (again and again) – I would be very interested in what you have to say about that!

  4. Nice selection. I had to laugh because I have seen your #1 before which got me all excited in anticipation. Alas I am not a fan of watermarking. I am very interested to hear more analysis on the effect of fanvids. Am I off the mark that these vids make his characters larger than life, more so than the performance because the ommitence of poor scripts/storyline? I don’t tend to watch many N&S vids prefering the real thing.

  5. @kaprekar,

    I am hoping to interview a couple of the vidders and ask them that very question.

    In the rough draft of this post, I did write why certain videos fascinate me, but it would have made a long post ridiculously long. So more on that later. LOL!

    Oh, and I had to include Nat’s video! It may not have required as much technical manipulation as the others, but the creativity in it is fantastic. I really, really hope RA looks at her website when he gets that letter.

  6. I am very flattered (and surprised) that you included SFR amongst so many great videos! :) I don’t consider myself a vidder by any means. I just don’t have the experience or know-how when it comes to that sort of thing… but it is fun, and that’s why I do it.

    You have a great list of faves with some of my favorite vidders. I also really enjoy KatSw3’s videos. I wish she’d allow embedding because they’re awesome.

  7. We’re agreed, Nat, but that doesn’t lessen the cleverness of your video.

  8. Thanks for posting your faves. I must say that sometimes I go on YT and get a bit overwhelmed by the number of RA vids on there so this is a good list to have for me! Actually being new to RA I never much went on YT but now its one of my most visited sites :)

  9. @olsoni

    Yeah me too, before this I would only ever watch those viral videos that had been posted on my Facebook feed, like ones of sneezing pandas or funny cats.

  10. @iz4spunk,

    By watermarking I assume you’re referring to the titles that open the Hazy Shade video. I guess I assume that because almost every video I’ve put up has a watermark on it, and I think it’s smart for the vidders to use a watermark. If you’re referring to the blue tint or the double exposure that runs through the video, then we can agree to disagree.

    I’m not fond of the opening title, and that may be what keeps that video from being a 10, in my humble opinion. The video is edgy and when the title is announced, that takes some of the edge off.

    I feel funny giving that criticism because I know for most of the people who put up these videos it’s a hobby and it’s obvious these videos are a labor of love. So I don’t want to put the screws to someone, and I do want to remind anyone reading this that I did put that video as my #1.

  11. Thank you for pointing out my error. It’s not necessarily the tint than it is the clouds. I do appreciate the artwork, it is beautifully done, i just don’t prefer something blocking my view… and the song is very apropos. But I’ve been racking my brains coming up with a list for myself and realise how hard it is too. There is no explaining why something connects with you. I enjoyed being re-introduced to this vid and seeing some new ones in your list. Those SB vids you listknocked my top ones out their first position. For me its about the marriage of song and vid what makes it prolific for me.
    #1: All of the above by JaimeR only on RAfanvids under general RAvids because of all the characters he puts down in full force
    #2: because Guy IS Amazing
    Those 2 really shared first place (please don’t judge me by the music choice, not my usual thing either!)
    #3: because RA is sweet (&for Mulubinba too)
    #4: my fav Elvira vid&luv this song and the most artsy stuff I can handle and I LOVE art but in vidding prefer simplicity
    #5: another Guy vid because the song reflects his torment

    This is not meant as a criticism, likes are purely subjective and it was tough to limit it to 5 but if I am honest these are the ones I’ve played the most…so far

  12. @iz4spunk BTW I think that your link to your #4 fanvid is wrong, it’s pointing to the same vid as #3.

    I’ve been watching one or two of iz4spunk’s selection – and yet again I am wondering why I have such a powerful reaction to this man!!! Nice videos!

  13. I don’t think that if each one would post a list of their favs, it should be taken as critisism for others, each vid connects with us differently, especially because we focus on different things, lyrics, artistic input of the vid, songs, the story it tells or characters.

    Actually is a good thing, ‘sharing list of favs’ makes others aware of vids they have missed and are great!

    The number 5 in your list, has become one of my favourites right now.

    OML :D

  14. @RAFrenzy I realized also I read your numbers as ranking and not as scoring. HAHA so now I get why your 10 is a 10 :) and the music reminds of my irish folkmusicdays.
    Here is fairly new SWOONworthy SB vid from a new italian vidder:

    @kaprekar thanks for pointing that out.

    #4: my fave Elvira vid although since I am on a roll, this one is amazing as far as EYEcandy goes: should come with a healthwarning :)

    I realized since i posted I didn’t include any Lucas one’s, this is the epic one I’m sure everyone knows that got me to check out Spooks:

    and this one of S8 which is spoilerifick and heartwrenching

    If i need a quick N&S vid:

    Because I love the cheekyness of this song paired w/Guy&Marian:
    Perhaps”—A Guy and Marian video by jancis only on RAfanvids: RHS1
    (although i realise the song will forever be linked to another BrittTVshow)

    Thanks for letting me gush and share ;) it is soo therapeutic!

  15. @RAFrenzy i read your numbers as rankings and not scoring so now I get it!
    If I may: a fairly new swoonworthy SB vid from a new Italian vidder:

    @Kaprekar: thanks for pointing that out:
    #4: but getting close behind is her new Boudicea which should come with a health warning :)

    Since I failed to include Lucas vids, this epic one I’m sure everyone knows and got me to watch Spooks:
    and the spoilerific S8 and superangsty (I don’t have trouble w/the pairing either)

    But I do have a sense of humor and love the cheekyness of this vid Perhaps”—A Guy and Marian video by jancis only available on RAfanvids:RHS1

    Thanks to all the vidders and to RAfanvid page for making easy access although since i’ve gotten software especcially to get that italian girls vid. And like RAFrenzy, this list grows and changes and vids change places.

  16. @RAFrenzy I realized I read your numbers as rankings and not scorings. HAHA not that it matters much like you said they might change places but now I get why 10 IS 10 from our previous communication.

    @kaprekar thanks for pointing out my postingflaw:
    #4: her new one Boudicea is inching close behind. It think it should come with a health warning :)

    Oh and can’t resist posting this one from a new italian vidder:

  17. Since everyone else is adding their lists, I’ll add mine! LOL. I think most or all of these videos are on RAfanvids too.

    JaimeR90’s All the Above. The audio is restored on YT: By 19bt80, an unusual video with Guy and Lucas. Guy S3. Beautiful. Guy & Marian, “Need Your Love So Bad.” How can anyone remain unmoved after watching this? LOL. “My Skin” by Heathdances. While everyone talks about Sexy Back – and I love it too – I don’t watch it as much as some of her other videos. Guy This is your Life by Spikesbint. The Lonely Road by lolilie. Richard Armitage You’ve Stolen Our Hearts by VeritasProductions.

    “Drop Dead Gorgeous” by Soothvideos (on the Other shows page on RAfanvids).

    “Dreamcatcher” (using the song “Sweet Dreams”) by Damaris. It’s a Strike back video found on RAfanvids.

  18. I forgot to say, that the other vids listed here are also ones I watch a lot. I wanted to add some to my list that haven’t already been mentioned.

  19. Apologies for the double post, I hadn’t realized my cookies had cleared. Thanks for the post RAFrenzy this is sweet to get introduced to a bunch of new vids.
    @AnonmyouseToo for your cool suggestions: especcially for the YT link for JaimeR its nice to be able to forward it. And Yes Sexyback is a given, also the Mad World one’s were viral for me and luvluvluv Stolen by Veritas. And won’t ya know it 2 new vids of Strike Back!!
    Yep that playlist is building…thanks for not making me feel ridiculous for having such a reaction…

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  21. Btw I would like to mention when I contacted safy146 about a download for her vid, she promptly send me a link with software to download it with.
    @RAFrenzy “If only you had done that with your fave N&S vid

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  24. Apparently I have not been keeping up with the blogs and I completely missed this list! Thank you very much for posting your favorites because some I had missed and was able to find them all on you tube to share with my friends.

    Happy Birthday to Richard! keep up the great blog RAFrenzy!

    Best regards,

    Ann Marie

  25. […] She also takes chances and is not afraid to provoke and possibly offend. One of her videos is on my Top 10. It’s in color, but I’ve become partial to her black and white pieces. […]

  26. I’d really recommend the following RA fan videos:
    1) Lucas North- Lift Me Up ( Its really well edited.

    2) Guy & Marian- Is this love? ( The music+ Guy of Gisbourne= perfection.

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