I'm taking a break from moving pictures and random lists to bring you my answer to a challenge thrown at me by the lovely and talented Ellis Walker to list my 10 favorite literary characters. Let me tell you folks, making this list was harder than being in a chocolate shop and not consuming every piece in the display cases. So without further adieu, here is my hard thought over list!
3) Sarah Crewe of A Little Princess: This girl. This girl was my hero. I related to her so much because like her, I was often surrounded by young children (even as a child) because I loved telling stories. Loved it. I loved reading books for hours and then retelling tales to younger children. And while I was never born and raised in India nor was I ever in a boarding house and turned into a servant, I kept her mantra in my own mind whenever I was made fun of during my childhood. “I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.”
4) Bilbo Baggins of The Hobbit: Yes, he lived in a hole (but a very nice hole) in the ground. But though he was small of stature and had a habit of being stuck in his ways, he took the leap into the unknown. He fought spiders despite his fears, faced goblins, and riddles, and the mad elven king. He left a life of comfort and safety despite his better judgment and the scorn of his peers. You know...kind of like a writer. Bilbo is one of my favorites because he shows that despite faults and fears and heck, even stature, you can also be more than you think you are.
5) Alanna Trebond of the Alanna Series: This was the book and the writer that opened my eyes as a 12 year old and made me realize: I wanted to write stories like this. I wanted to touch people. Alanna holds a place near and dear to my heart because she's a completely imperfect character. She's short tempered (and short), impulsive, and resists even the good things in her life. She gets older in the books, learns and change--and yet still she's imperfect and retains some of her foibles from her childhood. She shows girls that you don't have to be perfect and that no one is perfect. She's a wonderful role model in that regard.
6) Sam Gribley of My Side of the Mountain: Since I had a dad who felt that knowing how to survive in the wild was a necessary tool, I spent many a weekend (and sometimes weeks) in the wild lands my dad owned in the mountains. I lived in moccasins and learned to track and other survival methods. So reading this book only inflamed my need to want to live on my own in the woods. I related to Sam a lot as a kid, and I always wished I had a falcon like him! I would have loved to learn from him (if was real!) and be his friend!
Stay tuned for the last four....and my list of the people I will in turn challenge! Because who doesn't love a literary challenge eh?!