Thursday, 6 March 2008

Booking Through Thursday - Female and Male Leads

As I wanted to do last week's meme but haven't been on my blog until yesterday, I am combining the two memes onto one blog: Who is my favourite female lead character? And why? And then today's meme is, of course: Who is my favourite male lead character? And why? So, here goes:

Favourite female lead character:
From my childhood, it would be the two Anne's - Anne Shirley of Green Gables, and Anne Frank, from the Diary of Anne Frank. Of course Anne Frank was real, but this made her diary all the more poignant for me . She was real, and she had lived under extreme circumstances. I was around 12 when I read both books, and they made an indelible impression on me. I had a very eventful childhood, some of which were traumatic events, and both characters inspired me. I would read them each of course for different reasons, but they both gave me the courage to go on, and to not give in to the despair that threatened me as I got older. This sounds very Jane Eyre, I know! But at the time, I was a child, and the events were all out of my control, and I did not know which way to turn, and books saved my life, these two in particular. I even got the idea of writing in my very first journal, given to me when I was 12, the way Anne Frank does in her diary - except I named mine Misty, whereas she called hers Kitty. I knew even at that age that what Anne Frank lived through was much worse than what I had to deal with, and this gave me courage. She has always remained one of my heroines, so even though she is not a fictional character, she is one of the reasons why books are such an important part of my life. As for Anne Shirley, I loved her. She made me laugh, and cry, and I watched her grow up in the 8 novels - the first three especially, and I could never get enough of her high spirits and joy in being alive. Even though she was an orphan, and Marilla hadn't wanted her, she brought joy with her, and she was - and is - irresistible. I loved her completely, and hated Mrs Lynd for her snide comments, and all the girls who made fun of Anne......she introduced me to the idea of kindred spirits, and poetry, and daydreams, and yet she gets into so much mishief! I read this series so many times, growing up. She is so familiar to me, and so much a part of my childhood, Anne of Green Gables.
I do have to confess that my middle name is Anne, and so I did feel a kinship with both of these fictional and real heroines.

As for male leads, I will have to think on this a little more, because no one immediately springs to mind as my favourite male lead. I want to give this some thought, because I think it's interesting to seee who our favourite characters are - not writers, but characters, as adults. For female, most of mine as an adult are mystery detectives (and no, Veronica Mars was never made into a book so I can't add her!!) - V.I Warshawski, Sharon McCone, Anna Lee, Stephanie Plum, Thursday Next, and of course, Lizzie Bennett! I have to say I admire Jane Eyre also, who wouldn't admire her spirit? I think there are too many names here for the special title of favourite, and since I just fell asleep briefly here - I'm fighting the same cold that kept my son out of daycare today - I might not be able to finish this entry properly. I will think on it and deliver an answer tomorrow, and for favourite male lead though I have a much smaller list on this one!! I am considering Mr Darcy however, as one of them!

10 comments:

Bybee said...

I'm really having trouble coming up with a male character! I'm fascinated/repelled by Rabbit Angstrom...back to the drawing board...

Table Talk said...

I found the male question much more difficult than the female as well. Look out for that cold, you don't want to go down with an infection at this time of the year; they can linger so badly.

Susan said...

It's Friday night and I still can't come up with a male character lead that is my favourite!!I didn't think it was going to be this hard....

Bybee said...

OK, I got it: Almanzo Wilder and Cap Garland from The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The town was cut off for months and months by blizzards and heavy snowfall. No supplies could get in. The townspeople were starving to death. Almanzo and Cap made a dangerous trek to get supplies from a farmer. It was still a hard go till the late spring, but because of their bravery, the town survived.

Susan said...

You're right! and hey, that fits in (the long winter etc) with what I just wrote on my blog about Canadian winters and even the same time period - 1850s pioneer life!! And....I LOVED the Little House on the Prairie series, I read them all several times and adored the illustrations that came in the books. Wasn't Almanzo cool? He had faults, but he loved Laura so much -sigh- and he was blonde......Good choice, Suzie!

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