I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date...actually, I'm not technically late, just keeping my parents-in-law waiting (hey, their son, my husband, is talking to them!) while I meet a few deadlines.


What, I thought frantically, can I talk about today at Unabashedly Bookish that will not require me to a) think or b) spend much time typing? As some say, "VIOLA." I remembered a lively Twitter discussion from a month or so back in which someone asked which literary character would best represent ourselves...


I'd like to put a twist on this. First, which literary character best represents you? Second, which literary character would you most like to be?


For me, off of the top of my head:


-- Literary Character Who Best Represents Me: Lily Briscoe in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse


-- Literary Character I Would Most Like to Be: The Wife of Bath in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.  Or Sherlock Holmes!


How about you?  

by on ‎07-03-2009 01:12 AM

Mrs. Ramsay, and Lily Briscoe.....name any character of VW's....it's complex.  As she, herself is/was.

by MarieDevers on ‎07-03-2009 08:55 AM
I will be the first to say Elizabeth Bennet Darcy, but I bet I won't be the last.
by BostonBookGirl on ‎07-03-2009 09:01 AM
As a kid I wanted to be a boxcar child, or perhaps Nancy Drew, but I think I most identify with Jo from LITTLE WOMEN.
by thelittlefluffycat on ‎07-03-2009 09:06 AM
Oh, it's no contest, I'd love to be Mary Russell! Or. . .Sid Halley. Wait, maybe Stephanie Plum. Hm...
by dijeratic on ‎07-03-2009 09:07 AM

As a child, I wanted to be either Anne of Green Gables or Dickon in The Secret Garden (the animal thing).


With BostonBookGirl abou Jo from LIttle Women, but as an adult, I would have to be Orlando - Virginia Woolf.   For too many reasonsto mention. 



by Bethanne on ‎07-03-2009 09:10 AM

Oh, thank you everyone, these are wonderful. Dickon! Elizabeth Bennet Darcy! Hmmm. I've said before that I've more than a soupcon of the tragic Lily Bart about me, but it's mainly in terms of making self-centered decisions...


Keep 'em coming! 

by dijeratic on ‎07-03-2009 09:30 AM
I would have to add any character anyone could think of that does not type well first thing in the morning.  Eep. 
by PermanentPaper on ‎07-03-2009 09:48 AM

What a great question! If we are going truly literary, I would say Marie was right--she wasn't the first and wasn't the last, I would be Elizabeth Bennet. 


As a kid I wanted to be Nancy Drew and/or Trixie Belden.


If we go more current--I always wish to be one of the crime fighters--either Kay Scarpetta (Cornwell), Temperance Brennan (Kathy Reichs' Bones series), or Alexandra Cooper (Linda Fairstein). Probably the trump card would be Alexandra's because she has a house on Martha's Vineyard!

by MarieDevers on ‎07-03-2009 09:55 AM

OK. Permanent Paper and others, if we get to pick literary and contemporary, I need to get back in here and claim my spot as any character is any Sarah Dessen novel.


Man, can she create characters, especially boys! I want to date every boy she writes, but especially Owen Armstrong from Just Listen.



by BrooksSigler on ‎07-03-2009 09:59 AM

Truthfully, I'm like Homer from THE CIDER HOUSE RULES.


I would be Scarlet O'Hara--plucky, deteremined to get what she wants/needs (despite the cost), not really worried about what others think.

by rachelcantor on ‎07-03-2009 10:49 AM
As a kid, and still, want to be Harriet the Spy.  In fact, more like Jane Eyre ...
by LuxMentis on ‎07-03-2009 11:09 AM
I would like to be Hiro Protagonist (Stephenson, Snow Crash), but more often feel like Gregor Samsa (Kafka, Metamorphosis). Such is life.
by TobyDiva on ‎07-03-2009 10:28 PM
Eloise at the Plaza!
by on ‎07-04-2009 12:14 PM

You know I can't answer this one.

For the duration of a book, while I read and any dreams I have durring the period, I am the protagonist. It makes commonality hard afterwards for me.

by Angua on ‎07-04-2009 02:45 PM
Elizabeth Bennet...who has read that books that HASN'T wanted to be her? She's smart and witty and, of course, she gets Mr. Darcy.  Or Jane Eyre, because there is a real example of a smart woman who goes out and gets what she wants.
by AnneSR on ‎07-05-2009 02:38 PM
When I was young, I always wanted to be Claudia in From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  I thought running away from home to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and solving a mystery about artwork sounded very adventurous.
by Sensitivemuse on ‎07-06-2009 12:47 PM

I think I'm more like Hannah the Fool from The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory. :smileyhappy:


However I'd like to be Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. She kicks serious butt. :smileyvery-happy:

by Kourt on ‎08-03-2009 04:44 PM
i would definatley be Thursday Next from Jasper Fforde's novel.. A literary detective; could there be any better job for a book worm?
by EamaralClassic on ‎09-17-2011 03:33 PM

I'd be Gatsby from The Great Gatsby, that's what I seem to be so far. I am a sharp, intelligent, classy fellow.

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