By Jeff Salter
In which famous novel would I want to be (temporarily) a character? Which character?
One of the Foxes asked which loony worked this question into the schedule. Hello, my name is Jeff (the Hound) … and I’m the loony.
Well, as I sometimes do, I consulted a panel of experts for their input on this question, while I pondered how I might answer.
* Son, Dave, said he’d like to be Jason Borne in the Bourne Identity
* Daughter-in-law, Angel, said she’d want to be Leah in Abram’s Daughters
OR … Maria in The Sound of Music (if non-fiction were in this mix)
* Grandson, Levi, said he’d like to be Batman and Robin … in various of their adventures
* Wife, Denise, said she’s like to be Miss Marple in various of Christie’s novels
OR … Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express
* Grandson, Jacob M., said he’d like to be Peeta (before he loses his leg) in the Hunger Games
* Granddaughter, Jessica, said she’d like to be Harry in Harry and the Purple People
Who Am I This Time?
A TV movie which greatly impressed me – with Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon – is called Who Am I This Time? About a man who is widely considered to be rather dull and hesitant as himself, but every time he plays a new role in community theater, he becomes an exciting, dynamic person — that particular character.
Sometimes I have felt like Walken in that film: bland and unnoticeable in my own right, but I can sometimes play a role and make a favorable impression. If you get a chance, watch this film:
My turn to choose
* Like Janette, on Tuesday, I’ve written a character that I think I’d enjoy being for a while — Bill ‘Mitch’ Mitchell who appears in Called to Arms Again (as well as two unpublished novels).
I couldn’t think of any other fictional characters I’d want to be now, but I remembered several that I wished – as a kid – that I could have been:
* Tarzan in Burroughs’ various titles
* Robin of Locksley in The Adventures of Robin Hood
* Davy Crockett in various of Disney’s fictional iterations of that real person’s life
* Dardo in the film, The Flame and the Arrow
* Marshall Dillon in the TV series, Gunsmoke
* Wyatt Earp in the TV series by the same name
* Yancy Derringer in the TV series by the same name
* Palladin in the TV series, Have Gun Will Travel
* Josh Randall in the TV series, Wanted Dead or Alive
* Rowdy Yeates in the TV series, Rawhide
* Flint McCullough in the TV series, Wagon Train
I think you can see that, as a boy, I watched a lot of TV and wanted to be the gun-slinging good guy with the cool horse. Or, as a change of pace, to be the swash-buckling hero in an earlier period of history.
Which character would YOU want to be (for a while)?