Missed out on this prompt back in May because I couldn’t get my post together in time, but I really wanted to share my character twinning. Insert this week’s character freebie; I see a little bit of me in all of them. Listed chronologically by age and sorta cheated by including non-literary characters.
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Mary Anne Spier, secretary to the Baby-Sitter’s Club, represents my childhood self. Sorta timid and self-conscious, the least cool of my friends. I too dreaded gym class and am not a natural leader. As a pre-teen, I identified with Mary Anne’s lack of self-confidence and very much disliked being the center of attention. I also had the same unfortunate bowl cut in 8th grade.
Francie Nolan in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Described as bright, keenly observant, an avid reader who grew up at the library. I relate to the joy she finds in small material pleasures, to her strong family relationships, and to family tragedy.<3
Ponyboy Curtis from The Outsiders. Both introverts, smart at school but lacking occasional common sense. Like Pony, I appreciate poetry, have literary interests and was somewhat of an outcast. Also the youngest in my gang with a hovering older sibling. And of course, I have Nature’s First Green Is Gold committed to memory.
Allie Brosh- a real person who fictionalizes herself through cartoon drawings. Because adulting is hard.
Elaine Benes, according to Seinfeld wiki, “normally intelligent and assertive, ‘one of the boys’, neurotic and has a habit of shoving people when displaying extreme emotion.” All of which fits. Outside of personality traits; we both work with books, enjoy plays, movies and baseball, write and edit, are conservative dressers and bad dancers. I wouldn’t actively try to ruin my friends’ ambitions, but I just might throw my friend’s ridiculous hairpiece out the window. Competitive and occasionally combative, I hope I’m not as superficial, yet have been known to act judge-y a la Elaine.
Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility. My older sisters might try to peg me as a Marianne, however, I closely identify as the long-suffering voice of reason, unexpressed ambition, and uptight expressions that embody Elinor.
Dorothy Zbornak- I connect to her strong, smart, sarcastic and grounded personality. We also shared a profession of substitute teaching, are strict but fair, can be overly critical, possess liberal views and an acerbic sense of humor. The Golden Girls Force is strong in me.
Do you compare yourself to characters from books? TV? Upon reflection, I wish I was all Lizzie Bennett and Hermoine Granger, but I tried to be somewhat based in reality. Let me know what character-focused topic you chose to write about today.