The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday this week made me laugh: Top Ten Characters Who Remind Me of Myself or Someone I Know in Real Life. Now that's just way too much fun, don't you think? Unfortunately, it's also hard. I could only think of five. So how about you fill in the other five? Ready, go.
- Jane Eyre (of Jane Eyre)—Me. I finally read Jane Eyre over Christmas, and she amazed me. I have never related more to a character in a novel than I did to Jane Eyre. She is passionate and opinionated and knows her own value. I hope I really am as much like her as I want to be.
- Helen Schlegel (of Howards End)—Me. I recently finished Howards End (excellent book, by the way), and there were two or three passages describing Helen Schlegel that were uncomfortably familiar. As in, he could have been writing a book about me familiar. I didn't like that so much.
- Benedick (of Much Ado about Nothing)—Calvin. To be fair, C was the one who first pointed out the connection. But it is very, very true. Let's make jokes about everything and everybody, and while we're at it, let's scorn marriage! All to hide vulnerability.
- Hermione Granger (of Harry Potter, obviously)—Melis. I kind of feel like I'm cheating with this one since technically it is pulled out of the JC-HP comparison. But really. If one person in my life were Hermione, it would be Melis. Smartest girl I know. And she has her head on straight (most of the time, anyway).
- Viv (of Sometimes a Great Notion)—Dr. Wendy Baker. Wendy Baker was one of my very favorite linguistic professors. She was smart and fun and kind and happy with her life. And she wasn't married. (She is now, yay Wendy!) She didn't need a man to be happy. Viv's realization that the men in her life were making her unhappy and she was better off without them was incredibly brave. They both figured out how to be happy with themselves.