My complete head over heels character love for Percy Jackson? Totally different, because he’s everything I’ve never been, never could be, and have always secretly wanted to experience. I mean, he’s not the most talented at planning things in advance, keeping his mouth shut, or excelling at academic work (things that I’m good at). He’s the snarktastic (that’s a word now, I say it all the time 😉) teenage guy that improvises and blows things up and never worries to much about point B when he’s at point A. These are the characters that we live vicariously through, because their lives and minds are so different than ours.
And sometimes it seems as if we don’t pick favorite characters, they pick us. Jo wasn’t my favorite March sister because I wanted her to be—but because she was a mirror to my own frustrations and writerly aspirations. Or Anne, of Green Gables fame. She was a spunky, talkative child trying to navigate an older person’s world, find her own way without breaking Marilla’s rules (or heart), and not be mocked for using big words in the process. I could understand that. I was living that.
The characters we cling to give us a window into who we want to be on our best day, who we fantasize about being on random days, and who we really are every day.
What are some of your favorite characters?