As I continue to post silly personal things...
tagged me in the 8 Random Things About Me Meme. I think he did it with malicious glee since he hates the things. The official rules for this one are -
The rules of getting tagged are simple. If you get tagged…
* Post eight random facts about yourself.
* Tag eight other bloggers (hopefully those who haven’t been tagged before).
* Post these rules.
I always feel really stupid trying to think of eight (or seven or five) facts about myself. So I tried to think up a theme to play along with. I toyed with the idea of crazy stuff that has happened to me in foreign places (mugged in Naples, car stolen in Barcelona, certain incidents with tequila in Cancun), but there weren't quite enough to make eight (that I am willing to share). I already did the seven books I'm reading now one and a list of my favorite books would just be too hard. But I like the book theme. So I'm going to go with the "Eight Female Fictional Characters that I have Most Wanted to Be." Okay, I'm sure that it says something weird about my personality and that I have serious issues that I want to be like characters in books, but I do it anyway (and not all of these are from when I was a kid!). I never wanted to be the typical choices either. All my friends when I was a kid went around pretending to be Princess Leia, Anne of Green Gables, or Madonna (yes it was the 80's), but I chose lesser known characters to emulate. (I probably would have wanted to be like Anne of Green Gables, but I think I was too much like her to begin with...)
So here my list of really cool female characters I aspired to be -1. Betsy.
There are two types of women in the world. Those who grew up loving the Betsy/Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace and those who have never heard of them. I would check these books out of the library over and over again during my childhood (they have since been reprinted so I have my own copies now). Set in pre-WW1 Minnesota, they tell the story of a girl, Betsy, as she grows up and sees her world expand into the modern era. She is outgoing and loves to write. Her experiences as a teenager, falling in love, and traveling abroad shaped my conceptions of life. Part of me truly thought that high school would hold dances where one filled out dance cards and selected who one danced the waltz with. Or that hanging out with friends for entertainment involved reading Shakespeare, writing stories, and singing around a piano. I think I was most shocked by traveling to Europe when I was 12 and realizing that it was a modern as the USA. Not that I really expected different, but the descriptions I had come to know through reading Betsy and the Great World
were ingrained in my mind. I loved Betsy because she was a writer - my dream as a child. She also had no limits. She was encouraged to live life fully - to pursue her dreams, to travel, to follow her heart. I wanted to grow up and be like her.2. Meg
from A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle. Another go to again and again book from my childhood. Meg was smart, but not in the way that fit the system. I always did exactly what was expected of me and did it well. I wanted to do more than that - to be creatively intelligent and find myself on adventures. Meg wasn't a fearless hero, but she never gave up and did things out of a love for her family. 3. Aerin
from The Hero and the Crown
by Robin McKinley. The quirky misfit princess who trains herself to become a dragonslayer and saved her Kingdom. Although most of my Christian friends have issues with her because of the way her relations play out in the book, I still love her for her courage. She didn't fit the expectations of a princess and never gave up trying to discover who she really was. I love that she broke the mold and took on the most dangerous tasks because she was the only one who could.4. Vicki Austin
from Madeleine L'Engles' Austin Family books, especially A Ring of Endless Light
. So yes, the books about her are total coming of age, discovering oneself, and falling in love books. I so wanted to be Vicki when I was in 5th grade. She was a more normal person than the others on this list, but she got to hang out with family and friends that sat around discussing literature and philosophy. She also got to help do scientific observations of dolphins (this was my I want to be a marine biologist so I can swim with dolphins phase - 5th grade remember...). I wanted a life like hers - full of neat experiences and good conversations.5. Mara Jade
from the Star Wars Expanded Universe created by master Star Wars writer Timothy Zahn. So she is just an awesome, super sexy, totally independent, Jedi Master (who ends up marrying Luke Skywalker). The part of me that wants to be a kick-butt I'm going to save the world type of girl loves Mara Jade (same reason I love Sydney Bristow, but I'm sticking to books here). She's fun and the exact opposite of my conflict avoiding pacifist nature. But then again if you know me only as Mara Jade
from The Ooze
, the description sorta fits. 6. Eowyn
from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
. Another kickbutt girl who is determined to fight for what she believes in. I love her passion even as I understand her uncertainty in who she is as a person (even though I hate the way Tolkien resolved her character in the end - he CANNOT write women). I share her fears of life becoming "A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire." She appeals to the part of me that wants to make a difference in this world.7. Liadan
from Son of the Shadows
Book 2 of The Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier. This book is a retelling of the Tam Lin tale - a Scottish poem where the damsel rescues the prince. I love most Tan Lin based novels, but mix in Celtic healing lore and ancient tribal factions, and this becomes more than just a feminist love story. The pagany side of me enjoys stories of wise women who are attuned to the earth and the natural power of plants. I like the idea of that sort of connection and would enjoy having that sort of knowledge.8. Phedre
from Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy
series. Um. If you've read the books, you may understand. If you haven't, I really don't want to explain.
Update - The picture is me as Eowyn back in 2003
As for tagging. I'll leave it open. It you want to be tagged (for 8 Random Things or 8 Characters that you Want To Be...), consider yourself tagged. Just let me know if you decide to continue the meme.
Labels: Book Reviews, Fun Stuff, Personal, Star Wars