Week #2: List your favorite characters from books, movies, etc.
(Well, I love this assignment!)
- Heidi, from the book of the same name, for her love of animals, devotion to Grandmother, and her trust in Meadow Nuncle.
- Jo March, from Little Women, for her temper (that she worked to control), for writing, thinking contrarily and challenging the ideas of how a woman should behave.
- Huckleberry Finn, from the book of the same name, for coming through a hard life with a spirit of good fun, his daring nature intact and a true sense of right and wrong.
- Lulu Lamartine, from Love Medicine and other books by the same author. Louise Erdrich creates wonderful characters. They are as real as any fictional people I’ve known, with deep flaws, big hearts and attitudes that I know I’ve run into in real life.The central character of one book may show up as a bit player in another, so it’s possible to get a sense of their whole lives, and how things turned out.
- Taylor, from The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven. Barbara Kingsolver is another author with great characters. Her men are good; her women are strong. She gives me hope for the world.
- Garp, from the book and the movie, The World According to Garp. John Irving, again, is an author with a whole collection of wonderful characters. Garp was the first one I got to know, and is still my favorite.
- E.T., from the movie of the same name.
- Superman, as played by Christopher Reeves, in the movie of the same name.
- Billie Elliot, from the movie of the same name.
- Erin Brochovich, from the movie of the same name.
- Amelie, from the movie of the same name.
- Mr. Holland, from Mr. Holland’s Opus.
This should be a much longer list.
With time to research and make up for my failing memory, it could be a much longer list. I have been enriched and inspired by characters created by others for all of my life. These are just the ones that I remember today. They are the ones that made the list this morning.