Ta-Nehsisi Coates is awesome again
. [w. strong language. HEE!]
I actually don't agree with everything he says here, but the attitude
is very healthy. (Good debate in comments, too.)
AND: Who's your favorite fictional character?
Good piece on women in fiction by very funny, soon-to-be-professionally-published writer Sarah Rees Brennan. She touches on the Mary Sue, the unfortunate virgin-whore dichotomy, and the new, improved, and vastly annoying Snappy Sue (defined quite comprehensively by Kit Whitfield
I have no effin' clue who my favorite fictional character is. Those who know me already know my animosity toward picking favorites about most things anyway. I do know that I tend to adore tricksters -- the silvertounged, the long-gambit-players, the pickpocket urchins, and so on. Not a heck of a lot of these are traditionally women. I also know that it took me an entire MFA program to be able to write a female character whose guts I did not hate, or for that matter a male character who was not a weepy piece of crap. This, er, may say more about me than it does about society at large. Dave Duncan wrote a trickster that I absolutely loved -- and an unreliable first-person narrator to boot! -- but as I cannot remember the character's name, does this count? (And he was only around for two books! What a WASTE.)
(This is for Ladye -- of my own characters, my current favorite might be Orr, damn her. This is disturbing in all kinds of ways. ^_____^)
When I was 3, I wanted to be someone called Laura Linda Tucker. (I used to tell strangers in department stores that this was my name, and then they would look at my mother suspiciously when she called me by my actual name and tried to lead me away.) But I don't know what book that is, and it seems to be lost and gone to the ages.
I dunno -- off the top of my head, my favorite character is a tossup between River Tam and Mal Reynolds, but this could be unduly influenced by the fact that I'm right now staring at a CD of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack. And also this is TV and might be cheating.
As a child, I liked Cassie Logan from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
(Wanted to be her, in a way. And another girl from a similar-but-in-a-city series the name of which I CANNOT REMEMBER and it's so upsetting. Her name was the name of the book.) [EDIT, 2010Jan5 -- FOUND IT. It was LUDELL. Ludell, by Brenda Scott Wilkinson. Whew!! Aaaaaaaaand it's out of print :-( ]
But I liked Ratty from Wind in the Willows
more. (Did not wish to be a clothed English rat, though. Come to think of it, I loved all the characters from Winnie the Pooh as well. So maybe I just like animals better than people. HA HA HA HA HA HA no. *eats beef*)
I'm sure I'll have an entirely different opinion in five minutes, and another one tomorrow.
I loved the Earthsea books, but I wouldn't say that Ged was a favorite character. (I did like Arha/Tenar intensely.)
I liked O-Lan from "The Good Earth," but...favorite? She was such a martyr.
I love Aladdin in all his forms, both traditional and Disney. Sue me.
And Bagheera. Back to the animal thing, argh. I did, in fact, want to be Bagheera, the snarky bastard. I LOVED Bagheera. Again, in all his forms.
SO much easier to pick a favorite book. A perfectly constructed book doesn't have to have flawlessly likable characters in it. And perfectly constructed characters...aren't necessarily my favorites. They are learning tools but don't especially live in my heart.I still freaking love me some Prince Zuko. Excellently constructed, and I empathize completely. Even though I do not wish to be friends with anyone like him. Brrrr.
Although, oddly enough, I would not at all mind being his mother.
(This is television though. Does it count?)
Bah, I love the whole cast.
I HATE favorite picking. Why am I so terrible at it? :-) *conveniently blames Libra-ness*
Oh, who am I kidding. I don't actually want to be good at picking favorites.
ADDENDUM:; OMG, GRANNY WEATHERWAX! How could I forget Granny Weatherwax!??!
(Currently listening to "A Hat Full of Sky" on audiobook. But I keep falling asleep on the train in the middle of chapters and having to rewind... I think I preferred the reader's Northern (Yorkshire??) accent on Tiffany when he did "Wee Free Men.")