The Broke and The Bookish and these are my top ten fictional characters I would like to be friends with:
10. Babette from Don Delillo's White Noise: Babette is kind of neurotic, and nurturing, and loving and I can totally relate to her. I feel like I could sit at my kitchen table, sipping tea with her and unload a whole lot of crap, and she would listen and make good eye contact.
9. Pippi Longstocking: Crazy fun. And my real life best friend is a red head, so Pippi and I are meant to be.
8. MaryAnne from The Babysitter's Club series: I loved these books. Mary Anne was the shy, quiet one and I could relate to that. I could not relate to sportiness, or popularity. So, Mary Anne is definitely the one that I would hang with. I still watch this movie sometimes, for fun.
7. Mary Shelley: Okay, so she is an author, not a character. But I would have really liked to hang out with her. Come on, she wrote Frankenstein, at 19, while pregnant. When I was 19, I took naps everyday...Maybe I still do.
6. Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream: I'm pretty quiet and mild mannered, but I've always liked trouble-makers.
5. Beth from Little Women: I don't remember reading Little Women, although I know I've read most of it, but I remember the movie version with Winona Ryder and Claire Danes. It didn't hurt that I loved Claire Danes at the time, but Beth is totally the kind of fictional character I'm drawn to: quiet, sweet and a bit fragile.
4. Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden: Here is another sickly character, but I was really jealous of that garden.
3. Jane Eyre: Duh.
2. The Merry Pranksters from The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test (and of course, real life): Can you imagine? I mean Tom Wolfe did it, so I could handle it, right? Not the Hell's Angels though. I would not want to hang out with them.
1. Dorothea Brooke from Middlemarch: She is smart and has lots of drama.
These are always so much harder for me than I think they are going to be. I realized that I like shy, quiet friends, and totally insane friends, kind of in equal parts.