“A Confession of Character” [R.W. Emerson]

This week we are talking about what character in a famous novel we’d like to be, (temporarily). Toughy! Although I might daydream about places or characters from stories, I never put myself in one as  a character.

I might want to be any Jane Austen heroine just so she’d get one of the fantastic men who are always Jane’s heroes, but they are always women who are slow on the uptake.[See my post, “Austen’s Pretty Limits”, 4F1H archives, October 5, 2012].I don’t want to be that dense.
My niece suggested “Stephanie Plum” from Janet Evanovich‘s “Numbers” novels and it’s tempting. I’m a one-man-woman but to have a last fling with Ranger in Rangeman HQ and then see if maybe she/I would marry Morelli (finally), but maybe she is dense, too, not to have grabbed him. My niece also suggested that I be Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter series, but as much as I love the woman, I’d be Professor McGonegal, if you please! Hermione, to…maybe

Laurie Ryan dropped in to say she’d like to be Arwen Evenstar, (“Lord of the Rings” ), and I would love to be her but I’d either be heartbroken over Aragorn in the early books or be heartbroken over leaving Rivendell in the later ones.(BTW, since the Elves are no longer using Rivendell, can I live there?)

If I were a man, I’d probably want to be Arthur Dent in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. But I’m not.

I think I wouldn’t mind being the second Mrs. De Winter in “Rebecca” after all is said and done, but I think I will take a cue from Iris and go with a Cecelia Ahern character. I’d like to be Garda Sandy Shortt in “There’s No Place Like Here”, but truly the one who stole my heart was “Rosie Dunne”, from the novel of the same name,[aka “Love, Rosie” , aka “Where Rainbows End”]. During a lifetime of missed love and opportunities, she grows within herself and is able to guide her daughter. In the end, finds great peace, happiness and love.

I wish that for all of us; I hope you have it now.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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13 Responses to “A Confession of Character” [R.W. Emerson]

  1. Iris B says:

    Great finish to a week of “wanna be characters”, Tonette. And I’ve got to admit, I’m really happy to see Cecelia Ahern on your list as well.
    I had thought about Stephanie Plum, but in the end it would’ve been a decision to just be with Ranger. 😉 As a character she’s not “growing” in her books and that I wouldn’t like.
    As so often, I’ve got to pass with the other ones. 🙂


    • You stuck Ahern’ s books in my head,Iris…I could not shake them!
      I think we all here agree to disagree.It would be pretty boring to have us all in the same mindset and, frankly, a waste of time to get five of us to post the same ideas!
      As always,I am glad you took the time to come in…and disagree(! LOL!)


  2. jeff7salter says:

    Wow, Tonette, what a diverse range of characters.
    the only one I recognize is Steph Plum — while it might be fun to be her for a while, I’m sure (in real life) she’d be in jail for all her explosions.
    Despite being a Lit major in college, I’ve managed to never have read any of Jane Austen. Since so many loyal fans love her writing, I guess I’d better try one some day.
    Oh, and I finally thought of another fictional character from a famous novel — which was also a movie, but I actually READ this novel, twice — and that is Atticus Finch from “to Kill A Mockingbird.”


    • Oh, yes,I could see you as Atticus Finch,Jeff.
      I don’t think you’d be really impressed with old Jane, Jeff.While her stories are cute and sometimes humorous, it is the same formula.A girl with gumption, and usually semi-impoverished , as the family has fallen on hard times or they are a lesser member of a landed family,(they have a small yearly income). There is always a man who is good-looking,forth-right and richer that she takes for granted or mistakenly believes the worst of. They end up together….same story, every time….except in Sense and Sensibility and then two sisters pull the same crap with two men! Her appeal to me is that her heroes are really great guys, as opposed to the Bronte Sisters’ nutjob men.


  3. pjharjo says:

    I agree with Jeff on your range of characters, Tonette. I’ve never been too taken with Jane Austen. I’m glad you inferred to our differences here in your response to Iris, because I think I am REALLY different from the rest of you! I’ve never even been able to read the early dated copy of GWTW my mom gave me. It’s one she had from back in the day and is kind of cool bc it is signed and dated by the people who read it back then. I’ve never been able to get through the first chapter. Too boring, doesn’t captivate my interest, and I would not like the way it ends, from what I’ve heard. That aside, like you, I don’t really care for heroines who are “dense,” or “slow.” I want to read about heroines & heroes I can be proud of bc of their strength and moral values.

    Whereas you wished us all “great peace, happiness and love,” and “I wish that for all of us; I hope you have it now,” I guess I can truly say I have found and do possess it right now. I came to realize that the other night during a discussion with my bf. It was over one thing he absolutely REFUSES to do with me – Dance. We are completely compatible in every sense but for that one thing. He told me it was all in my head. (my unhappiness over that). I told him I wanted everything! In the perfect world… Like I began this paragraph, I do have peace, happiness and love, but for that one thing. I need to stop obsessing over it, be thankful, and enjoy what I have. I hope you have found that in your life, too. 🙂

    Sorry for my long-windedness.


    • Be as long-winded as you like, Janette! I don’t think you are so different,in fact,i am the only one who hasn’t written a romance novel….yet.I have a feeling all of you and other friends are having a great/bad, (LOL), influence on me!
      I have never read GWTW either.My mother said they watered-down Scarlett in the movie.I wouldn’t know.
      Funny you should say ‘dancing’! My husband is a lousy dancer who doesn’t like it>He grudgingly danced ,(sometimes), with me when he was teaching and we chaperoned dances or attended a function with dancing, but never ever any other time. I have a good story about not getting danced with and a friend who loved to dance.I think I’ll add a “Dancing” week when it is my turn to make up topics.In the meantime, we’ll dance in our heads!


  4. pjharjo says:

    Yeah. I’ve had that “single” dance, too. It was one of our first dates, and, like you, it was a function with dancing. He got up and danced with me, and I saw nothing too bad about his dancing. To me, he danced as good as anyone else who has not had dance lessons or is a professional. He won’t let me use that precedent on him when I try to convince him he can dance (he swears he can’t). He just tells me that he’d had a few beers and that’s why he danced with me. (so now I know how to get him to dance with me) EVIL GRIN LOL!

    Do you mean I will get to pick the topics sometime?! YAY! I look forward to your questions on dance!


  5. leading ladies are so bland when it comes to compare them with men!


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