Another week… another list (albeit a tad late) and one that I’ve been wracking my brain over since reading the list.
My favourite characters from books or movies? That’s a ridiculous ocean of options … that frankly had never crossed my mind… for weeks the only characters that I could remember were Bart Simpson and Mr Bean and they aren’t my favourites.
So I did some yoga (not quite!) and during a moment of pure zen the answers came.
Phoebe Buffay – F.R.I.E.N.D.S
No body embraces their inner child better than Phoebe…. running in Central Park with arms flailing, riding a bicycle with tassels on the handles and bell, songs about smelly cats, Santa pregnancy pants and biting massage clients on the ass. I quite literally gave up speech and drama back in the day, because it conflicted with the night Friends was on TV, I loved Phoebe’s innocence, self confidence and unique style. When I grow up I want to be like Phoebe.
Elizabeth Bennet – Pride & Prejudice
It doesn’t matter which movie version of Pride and Prejudice I watch, or how many times I read the book, I always admire the fact that despite pressures to conform and do what is expected of her. Elizabeth Bennet blazes her own trail, bucks the trend and marries for love rather than convenience. She’s the female protagonist in a complicated romanic relationship… she hates, she loves, she’s mad at him, she marries him, I reminder to us all that affairs of the heart are fucking complicated at the best of time.
I love Ms Bennet for her quick whit and sharp tongue regardless of the company around her; she speaks her mind, she shares her views and doesn’t sit idle when someone challenges her.
Elizabeth Jennings – The Americans
I’m not going to lie I quite fancy myself as a bad ass Russian spy with a nice stash of heavy artillery, a plethora of wigs and the ability to go incognito. Elizabeth Jennings makes people disappear, leads a double life and has bad ass ninja moves… meaning she can definitely hold her own. She’s smart too… Deciphering codes, remembering complex information and still presenting herself as a sweet wife and mother of two children.
I miss Elizabeth, we watched the entire series of The Americans on Netflicks, and without it, it’s like my dear friend has moved and deleted me from Facebook…. I’m just left wondering.
She’ll forever be this magical mythical combination of a true story come to life on the big screen, a mix of the real Erin Brockovich and Julia Roberts pretending to be her. I guess given I know very little about the actual Erin Brockovich, it’s the movie character I’m acknowledging here.
I love her passion and tenacity for the cause and her unrelenting drive to do the right thing for other people. Too often we acknowledge something is wrong, unjust and unfair but then do nothing about it. Few of us (myself included) fight the fights that need to be fought.
Peggy Olson – Mad Men
Not content with conforming to societal norms and typical gender roles at the time, Peggy Olson worked hard and made a name for herself in a male dominated industry. She wasn’t content with the status quo and persevered, working her way up from secretary, to copy writer to Chef Copy Writer. Peggy kinda marched to the beat of her own drum, and wasn’t afraid to learn, she freely shared ideas with her peers and co-workers without fear of rejection or humiliation and ended up embracing exactly who she is.
So I’m not exactly off to a roaring start with these lists, I’m getting behind already….
Hopefully I can get back on track.