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Title: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Shvibzik on March 22, 2005, 02:23:29 PM
  This has probably already been discussed elsewhere, but I'm curious: how did some you become interested in the Romanovs?
 For me, I was at the library, and I reluctantly pulled the Royal Diaries book, The Last Grand Duchess off the shelf, and when I finished it, I read the eplioge, and thought it was so sad what happened to them, and started researching--which is how I got here. ;D  
 Again, I apologize if this has been discussed somewhere else. :-/
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Silja on March 22, 2005, 03:03:27 PM
I became interested after watching Nicholas and Alexandra  and  then the live coverage of the funeral in 1998 on TV. I decided to read Massie's book to learn how accurate the movie was, and then I got hooked.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Sarai on March 22, 2005, 03:49:37 PM
There is a very long thread that asked this very question here:
http://hydrogen.pallasweb.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=family;action=display;num=1076602118

Just pointing it out so you can read others' replies.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Shvibzik on March 22, 2005, 06:29:57 PM
Of course...lol! ::)
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: moonlight_tsarina on March 22, 2005, 07:11:27 PM
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 This has probably already been discussed elsewhere, but I'm curious: how did some you become interested in the Romanovs?
  For me, I was at the library, and I reluctantly pulled the Royal Diaries book, The Last Grand Duchess off the shelf, and when I finished it, I read the eplioge, and thought it was so sad what happened to them, and started researching--which is how I got here. ;D  
  Again, I apologize if this has been discussed somewhere else. :-/


This is excatly how i started to like the Romanovs too. I first liked the Tudors, and so I was really into the Elizabeth 1 Royal Diary, and I just got the Anastasia one and I showed them to my Grampa (this was about 5 years ago!)
and he said personally he liked Anastasia more because he knew some stuff about the whole Anna Anderson thing.

So after I read the Anastasia one, I decided to research some more, and look where it's gotten me! :)
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Shvibzik on March 22, 2005, 07:46:17 PM
  This is kinda off the subject, but, I've finished the whole Royal Diaries series.  History is one of the things I love to learn about the most--which is unusual, I suppose... ::)
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: moonlight_tsarina on March 22, 2005, 07:52:06 PM
Same here!
I have all of them, except for the newest one called Anacocoua or something... 8) lol
I love history the best over most things.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Shvibzik on March 23, 2005, 02:49:39 PM
Ya, it's like, Korean or something and comes out in April.  The first, I think.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: clockworkgirl21 on March 23, 2005, 03:35:43 PM
I had watched the cartoon Anastasia with Meg Ryan as Anastasia's voice, but that's not what did it. I had read all the Royal Diary books except the Last Grand Duchess one. I thought it would be boring, so I saved it for last. I ended up liking it the most of the series, lol. Then I remembered the cartoon, and rented it. I ended up looking up pictures and learning more about Anastasia's family. I am SO glad I decided not to skip the Last Grand Duchess.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Shvibzik on March 23, 2005, 03:42:37 PM
Me too! ;D  Well, I didn't want to get it because (a) I thought it would be boring, and (b) I was more interested in history further back.  Much researching later, I remembered when I was little looking at the cartoon at the Movie Gallery, not knowing what it was about but still thinking it looked stupid.  I rented it and became disappointed to see that they made her "escape" not being able to board a train! ::)
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Shvibzik on March 25, 2005, 11:34:44 AM
I found this on Amazon, it's the new one.  I just thought I'd share it.
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0439499062.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: lostfan on March 25, 2005, 12:36:11 PM
In elementary school, at the end of testing week for all the 4th and 5th graders, our teachers decided to give us a treat for everyone showing up all five days. So they showed us the Anastasia cartoon (although one of the teachers said that the movie was about real events and the the eldest child was only thirteen when she died.

It stuck in my brain because, at ten years old, I couldn't imagine how cruel people could be to kill children. I went to the library and looked up 'Anastasia' and I found a copy of Anastasia's Album. I found out it was the youngest who died at thirteen, but so much more. I noticed how different the real story was from the cartoon, and I was intrigued. Later, I read the fictional diary, and once I graduated to the adult section, I found all sorts of books about the family. Despite all negative things about it, I'm glad I watched the cartoon so that I could learn about the Imperial family!  :D
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: sailor_of_standart on August 17, 2005, 09:40:48 PM
I have read a thread of how many of us loyal IF fans have gotten interested into the IF.  So I thought I would write about myself.

I first heard of the IF when I was about eight or nine (I am now 21) on Unsolved Mysteries.  They had a special hour episode about the survival of Anastasia.  I can remember vivally of the photographs of the family etc.  At eight/nine I didn't give it much interest as Unsolved Mysteries kinda scared me when I was that age it was mainly the theme music.

When I was thirteen I got hooked on a mini tv series called Mirror Mirror a tale through time, where a girl from 1997 went through a mirror to 1919.  It was supposed to be an adventure story. Apparently she meets a young man, Russian who is kept prisoner by an English guard for his protection.   He secretly tells her he is the tsar's son and he wishs to return to his family.    She tells him that the family was murdered in 1918.  It was a great mini series.

What really got me into  the IF was a chapter in a book titled "Great Crimes of the 20th century." in 1997.  It was about the abidication of Nicky and how the family was imprisoned and murdered in 1918.
The story didn't mean much until I saw the photograph of four beautiful girls.  

(http://)http://img276.imageshack.us/my.php?image=otma1914recep1za.jpg

From there it has became a long love for me. I have countless books both fiction/non-fiction.   I also have a few movies.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Margarita Markovna on August 17, 2005, 10:16:48 PM
That's an interesting story. The picture is one of my favorites.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: sailor_of_standart on August 17, 2005, 10:19:22 PM
Thanks rikta.

I had trouble posting the pic.

I had seen the thread and I thought no-one would read my interest so I put it on a new thread.  

Hey do you like my Nicholas Avatar?
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Laura Mabee on August 18, 2005, 10:27:58 AM
Hey S.O.S
I really appreciate that you wanted us to read how you got interested. However, the reason that we do have that other thread, is so that we can keep all the same discussion in one spot, and not on random parts of the board.

I would be interested into seeing this mini-series!
:)

P.s.. to get your picture to work, all you have to do was put the [/img] tag after the url.. (so... blahblah.jpg[/url])
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Vicki on August 18, 2005, 01:31:47 PM
I'd like to know more about this miniseries, too.  Is it available on video or DVD?
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: sailor_of_standart on August 18, 2005, 08:17:11 PM
Not that I can remember but it was based on a book, by Hilary Bell.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Holly on August 18, 2005, 08:56:03 PM
Welcome to the forum sailor_of_standart!
My story is similar to yours. When I read my book, I wasn't quite as interested as I was when I saw the picture of Anastasia. It is still my favorite picture of her. It haunted me for a long time. It still does. When I read what happened to them I spent the rest of my school day kind of in a trance. It was all I thought about the whole day.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Holly on August 18, 2005, 09:08:23 PM
Here's the pic. I think it's so haunting.
(http://www.photobucket.com/albums/v426/Holly_13/anastasia.jpg)
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: sailor_of_standart on August 18, 2005, 09:57:05 PM
Yes it is indeed a beautiful pic of Anastasia.  She looks like her mother when Alix was young.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Fay on August 21, 2005, 12:37:05 PM
Right you are, sailor :D Very pretty girl on this one.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: AGRBear on November 13, 2005, 12:52:37 PM
Bumping this up, too, to join other thread.

AGRBear
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: AGRBear on November 13, 2005, 12:58:00 PM
Bumping this one up, also.

Too bad we can't combine them into one folder.

AGRBear
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Sarushka on November 13, 2005, 01:04:38 PM
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Bumping this one up, also.

Too bad we can't combine them into one folder.

AGRBear


No, but we can add the links!

How I got interested in the IF (http://hydrogen.pallasweb.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=family;action=display;num=1124329248)

What got you interested in the Romanovs? (http://hydrogen.pallasweb.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=family;action=display;num=1076602118)

Why are we so fascinated by the Romanovs? (http://hydrogen.pallasweb.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=family;action=display;num=1131730088)
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Sarushka on November 13, 2005, 01:06:40 PM
I'm following you around with my list of links, Bear, so it won't matter so much if the threads get separated again...

How did you become interested in the Romanovs? (http://hydrogen.pallasweb.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=family;action=display;num=1111523009;start=0#13)

What got you interested in the Romanovs? (http://hydrogen.pallasweb.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=family;action=display;num=1076602118)

Why are we so fascinated by the Romanovs? (http://hydrogen.pallasweb.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=family;action=display;num=1131730088)
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Laura Mabee on November 13, 2005, 02:03:05 PM
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I'm following you around with my list of links, Bear, so it won't matter so much if the threads get separated again...

Thank you Sarushka !!!  ;D
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: abbica on August 03, 2015, 11:44:57 AM
I was a little kid who loved history and one of my favorite films was Fox's Anastasia. When I heard it was based on a real story I looked up online. Since then I've become fascinated by Anastasia's story and the story of her family.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Nictionary on August 05, 2015, 12:55:48 AM
My mother was a Russian major at Harvard.  She still has her old copy of Nicholas and Alexandra from that period.  My interest in the IF didn't really take off till I was 10, when I read a blurb in the local paper saying that Nicholas II and his family had been canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church.  I remembered that I had seen a book about them in my mother's library, so I went and took  N&A down from the shelf and plunged in.  From that point on I was, as they say, bitten by the Romanov bug.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: TimM on August 05, 2015, 05:22:18 PM
Believe it or not, it was the story of Anna Anderson.  The phony Anastasia got me interested in the real thing and the rest of her family.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: TheLionandTheEagle on October 08, 2015, 07:55:24 AM
I saw the Fox version of Anastasia when I was 9 and I remember finding it fascinating -- but my mother said it was all wrong, and went on some rant about some woman named Anna Anderson who was a liar.  I asked her for more info, she took me to the library.  I devoured Romanov books like potato chips, became fascinated with all things Russian, and here I am!

Weirdly, I wonder if we would even have the children we have (adopted from a former Soviet republic) if I hadn't gone to see that horribly inaccurate movie!
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: voronochka262 on July 24, 2016, 02:46:27 PM
It all started when I saw the movie with my best friend (we were six or seven) I had an Anastasia lunch box, and shoes. Then, when I was about 13, we went to see an exhibition in Cincinnati about the Romanovs, and I read the Royal Diaries Anastasia book. My best friend was learning Russian too, so it's kind of been on/off again for years
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: edubs31 on July 24, 2016, 07:11:48 PM
It all started when I saw the movie with my best friend (we were six or seven) I had an Anastasia lunch box, and shoes. Then, when I was about 13, we went to see an exhibition in Cincinnati about the Romanovs, and I read the Royal Diaries Anastasia book. My best friend was learning Russian too, so it's kind of been on/off again for years

What was the exhibition in Cincinnati you saw...do you remember? The jewels tour came to the states at a few locations (including Wilmington, DE where I saw it) in the late-90s, but based on your age I'm guessing the event you're referring to was around 2003/04?
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Lochlanach on August 11, 2016, 10:43:12 AM
Touched upon the Russian Revolution whilst studying history a decade ago -  bought book on the revolution as a consequence , then Robert Services bio of Lenin , then Massie's book on N and A , and gradually became interested in the minutiae of the last Imperial family , lured in by the drama and tragedy I guess.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Dru on August 11, 2016, 01:24:04 PM
I got interested in the Romanovs by accident.  The local library was having a book sale, and I came across this big red book about Rasputin (unfortunately, I no longer have it).  There were pictures of the last Imperial family in this book, and like many people, I was struck by the photos of the grand duchesses.  I had only ever heard of Anastasia, so I was interested in learning more about her sisters, too.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: TimM on October 15, 2016, 06:02:46 AM
And it was our interest in the Romanovs that brought us all here to this great site.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: Ceridwen on December 22, 2016, 08:30:16 PM
I became interested in 9th grade after reading Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: TimM on June 30, 2018, 11:33:43 AM
I wonder if we'll see an upsurge in interest, considering that we almost at the 100th Anniversary of the murders.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: edubs31 on June 30, 2018, 08:33:21 PM
I haven’t seen much of it sadly. Though you never know what sort of media coverage there will be and whether they Spurs on a surge of interest after the fact.

I’ll be commemorating in my own special way. I hope Romanov fans everywhere will do the same even for just this one day.
Title: Re: How did you become interested in the Romanovs?
Post by: TimM on July 03, 2018, 12:10:56 PM
The anniversary of the murders is two weeks from today.