So, Diane of Dashoff has this lovely thing she’s gotten me into called Girl Talk Thursday. I don’t plan to do it every week, but the one for this week is so much fun I just had to try it out for myself.
The topic this week is which five fictional characters you’ve always had a thing for. Being a huge book nerd (and movie nerd) I, of course, started chomping at the keyboard to share mine so here goes!
1. Louis from Interview with the Vampire.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt at all that Brad Pitt played him in the movie, but I loved him in the book. So brooding! So passionate! So tortured! He made Twilight’s Edward look like a chump.
2. Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.
Ok, this guy is amazing. Honorable, brave, courageous, tall, powerful, and funny. What is not to love? He thinks nothing of sacrificing his time and safety for others, and continually shows incredible moral fortitude.
3. Dr. Gregory House from House, M.D.
Ok, he’s cagey alright but he has a delicious squishy middle that I can’t get enough of. Intelligent, witty, and talented (at diagnostics and music!), he is awesome to watch but I fully admit he’d probably irreparably hurt my feelings in real life.
4. Roland Deschain from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series.
In the series, Roland is a gunslinger from a time before “the world moved on.” He’s romantic in that he’s honorable and chivalrous in a world that has forsaken manners. He’s also a ruthless, cold-hearted son-of-a-gun who’s seen more tragedy and loss than one hundred people.
5. James Bond, specifically from Casino Royale.
Laying aside the fact that this is a fantastic movie all around, the James Bond in this film is so deliciously flawed and vulnerable that it gets me every time. When he says to Vesper “I have no armor left, you’ve stripped it from me. Whatever is left of me – whatever I am – I’m yours” it just rips my heart out.
I fully admit that every single guy on this list is tortured and brooding in some way. This amuses me to no small extent because I married and am deeply in love with the most loving, emotionally well-adjusted man I’ve ever met. Just goes to show you, I adore all of these guys on paper/screen, but they would all drive me bananas if they were real.
I suppose that’s the point of fiction, then, isn’t it? To give our minds a chance to go beyond the confines of reality.