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Of the books on your shelves, or the books that you've read, what fictional character speaks most to your experience and your reality? Which character(s) made you cry from relief or shirk back with blushing shame?
I wish that I were like Mary Garth from Middlemarch or even Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility but I fear sometimes that I'm more like Sonny from The Last Picture Show or possibly Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces. Horror of horrors!
Also, Mick Kelly from The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
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I empathize with a lot of characters from my favortie books. That's probably why they are favorites. I see some of the character in myself....
If were talking about any FICTIONAL character overall... Dr. Gregory House is my role model. =)
not because we're truly the same but because i love the fantasy of being able to write in an old, rickety English castle. the setting is a perfect place to let your imagination run loose. everytime i read this book i want to be in that castle-
I love Cassandra. "I write this sitting in the kitchen sink."
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Unfortunately, the character I identify with most has to be the narrator from Notes From Underground... this, I have been told, is rather worrying.
I identify with Rae in Sunshine pretty well, I love to do all the things she does like create new baked goods, although mine don't always work well. I also love to read including horror, am a vegetarian because I can't stand the idea of all that stuff, but am willing to fight over some things. Also my mother is about the same as hers, which made it more realistic for me. I don't know if I'd handle the freaky stuff so well though.
guess some things can transition across all lines of life such as age, sex and orientation. Somehow, I think thats great... or me and him are just a special ;)
There's some books that just change your life, the best in my opinion being those in which you can't help but relate to its characters. Those are the books that, no matter what happened, always follow me around from place to place. I definitely agree with dancingstarfish... there's a universality to well-written characters that transcends space, time, and statistical demographics... and thank god for that.
Oh, I don't know!
I also connected greatly to Holly Kennedy in "P.S. I Love You" by Cecelia Ahern. Mostly sympathizing with her grief, which may be because I read it right after losing a family member.
...ok ok, maybe not.
I think I always related to Anne from the Anne of Green Gables series. While I'm no red head, I think I have the temper of one and the grudge to match. (Though I don't think I could have stayed mad at Gilbert for so long...le sigh!) But on the other hand, Anne was imaginative and smart and I really loved her ambition and always try to match it in my own life.
#22- I also went through an "Anne" phase, where I tried to be just like her! While I do have some of her qualities, my personality is probably more of a "Diana"- more proper and inhibited. Though I have treated some guys the way Anne treated Gilbert and used to be quite imaginative...maybe I've just settled into a Diana as I've gotten older.
As for what character I think best fits me. I think I'm the character in Murakami's Wild Sheep Chase Trilogy (also the main character in Dance, Dance, Dance).
My favorite line from Dance, Dance, Dance is when the character says that his magazine writing is like shoveling cultural snow. Sometimes that what I think I'm doing, shoveling academic snow.
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