Friday, May 16, 2014

Express Yourself: Fictional Characters

Earlier this week, I found an exciting blog hop on L.G. Keltner's blog. The challenge was part of a weekly meme hosted by Express Yourself.




The challenge calls for you to choose one fictional character who best reflects your personality. I could be all literary and say someone like Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.




Unfortunately, my choice will be a little more modern. Still today, I think I relate to Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City more than anyone.





She's idealistic, she overthinks everything, and she's too often led by emotions rather than logic. Perhaps it's all the writing she does, though, that reminds me of myself. No matter what is going on in her life, she's always writing.



In all of entertainment, there has been one character who reminded me of me as a teenager most. I think many women felt that way when they saw this show, though:




Angst, drama, out-of-control friends, crushes on boys I could never have...yep, My So-Called Life captured my adolescence perfectly!



What fictional character best echoes your personality?

48 comments:

  1. I think Emperor Ming from FLASH GORDON is most like me ... we both plot for universe domination LOL .... just kidding....

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  2. Hmm, I'd have to say I'm most like Hermione Granger. My favorite line - "We could be killed. Or worse - expelled!" :)

    And I so loved My So-Called Life….

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  3. I don't think I've ever "met" a fictional character that reminds me very strongly of myself... and the protagonists I've written about don't count, although they're mostly based on me to some extent.

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  4. I have no idea who I would be. When I was reading your story, I saw a lot of my childhood in Vi and Maddy. I was always serious (11 going on 40 as my mother would say) and my bestie was a ball of energy and life. A real yin yang pairing.

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  5. Yay, Elizabeth! I like that answer. :-) I think I was a little of both of them, too. I think a lot of future writers tend to be mature for our ages when we're young--likely in part because we read so much!

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  6. I love our choices!! Hmm, for me, I'm going to have to say Meg from A Wrinkle in Time. At least when I was younger :)

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  7. What a fun hop....

    As for me... haven't a clue... I put a LOT OF ME in my characters though. When my books are published them I can mention which one. LOL...

    Have a great weekend, Stephanie.

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  8. Probably Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I always have my nose in a book, and I try to see the good in people.

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  9. I would never have tought of Carrie but you're right it's a nice choice. I confess that for I don't know about me.

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  10. Gosh, not sure, I'm gonna give this some thought!

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  11. I guess mine is the Sandra Oh character from Grey's Anatomy. My hubby hates her. He likes to watch S&TC and Desperate Housewives while I don't. I guess he's the girly one!

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  12. I would really have to think about this. Hmm... I'll have to see. =P

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  13. Ha! Love Carrie! She really does overthink things and is driven by emotions . . . as do I lol

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  14. I can tell who it wouldn't be, like scarlet in Gone the wind. I wanted to smack her most of the time. Animated character...maybe Pocahontas, Mulan. I've always been strong and more of a do it--whatever needs being done--and get on with life. Usually with laughter.

    Interesting article!

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  15. The fictional characters I create in my novels are rather suspiciously like me, though I fight against it. Other than that, I'm a bit like Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz."

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  16. I'm Laura Ingalls in The Little House on the Swamp. I love Sex and the City. I want so badly to be Samantha, but I'm not. I'm Charlotte.

    Love,
    Janie

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  17. Unfortunately, I think I'm like Isabella Linton. I never did recognize the evil aspects in men, and I wanted to think the best of the bad boys. Until it was too late...I like to think I'm not like her anymore, though. Now I'm probably more like Melanie in Gone with the Wind. :)

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  18. I don't know if I can think of anyone off the top of my head... I did love that show Sex and the City... I didn't start watching it until it was in reruns.. I liked Carrie the best and associated the most with her.. I am a romantic at heart.. :)

    Thank you for your comment... I am holding out for that amazing guy that is out there, I am worth it.. have a great day :)

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  19. What a great personality to choose. She's fascinating to me, so I guess you would be, too!

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  20. I loved Carrie Bradshaw! Actually, I liked her from the moment she fell off those high heels (Manolo Blahniks, if I recall...) and got up with dignity (sort of) intact.
    Diana at About Myself By Myself

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  21. What a fun blog hop - I have no idea who I'd be but now I'll be wondering. :)

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  22. Unfortunately I think it would have to be Mr Bean. I identify with him a lot! I can be awkward and struggle with real life situations, too! :P

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  23. I have no idea! When I was younger, I wanted to visit Narnia, or join the Famous Five on one of their adventures, but I’ve not really thought about it since then. I will have to give this some thought. Nice idea.

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  24. Great post! I was actually surprised Carrie didn't have to write more for all the money she was making. That must have been one lucrative column!

    The one fictional character I've related to quite a bit over the years, starting when I was a child, is Amy from the A-Team. She was brave but also an intellectual, she hung out with a bunch of guys, she was adventurous and always getting into trouble. Yep, I can relate.

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  25. What a great idea for a blog-hop! However, my mind is blank at the moment...seriously, can't come up with a single thing...sigh...
    Tina @ Life is Good
    On the Open Road! @ Join us for the 4th Annual Post-Challenge Road Trip!

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  26. I've not seen either of those
    shows before. Or the movie.

    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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  27. "This life has been a test. If this had been an actual life, you would have received instructions on where to go and what to do."

    My favorite line from My so-called Life.

    Great post. I couldn't pick someone! :/

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  28. I can think of characters I like to think I'm like, such as Jane Eyre or Junie B. Jones. But I'm not as determined as Jane nor as rambunctious as Junie 100 percent. I suppose if I were to read a fictional character who sounded a lot like me, I'd be flinching a lot as I read.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  29. Your choices are awesome. I love both of those characters. This is a hard choice for me as I identify with so many characters.

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  30. Great question. I loved your answers. (As for me... Well, I guess I have to think about that one.)

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  31. You made some great choices. But me, I have no idea.

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  32. What a great topic! Love your answers. I've always related to Jo in Little Women since reading that classic long ago.

    Mary Montague Sikes

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  33. i'm still trying to figure out my OWN character - before i can figure out which fictional one mirrors me. :)

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  34. Oh my gosh, this is a hard one. I've read so many books over the years and watch so many TV shows. You are probably too young to remember this show because it was in the 1980s but it was called "Thirty Something". I wasn't 30 at the time, mid 20's, but I think I could relate to Hope's character (played by Mel Harris). She at the time the show started was staying home with her child, after having a career, getting used to it, and at the time I had just stayed home with a child, so I could relate to a lot of the story lines. That's the only one that comes to mind.

    betty

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  35. This is difficult! I've changed throughout my life, and will probably continue to change & grow. I guess I'd have to say Cinderella because of a restricted youth and now living happily ever after.

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  36. This is a tough one! One character that comes to mind is Luna from Harry Potter. I can relate to her free spirited attitude. :)

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  37. For me, that would be easy, the youngest girl from Roseanne. SO MANY people told me that she reminded them of me when I was a teen. I think her character's name was Darlene (my memory stinks.) She was dark, moody, sarcastically funny, and a total smart alec. Apparently so was i :)

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  38. I don't know if I've ever come across a fictional character that mirrored myself. But my absolute favorite characters happen to be supporting characters. Never the main character. I think the best combo would be Number 6 from Battlestar Galactica and Queenie from Bell Book and Candle. If those two got together and made a baby, it would be a lot like me, I think.

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  39. First I hope all went wonderfully (I know it did) for your book on Thursday! I have no clue who I could be maybe one of the characters from the Big Bang Theory. I can't watch the show because it is so close to home when I was in university. I hung around the geeks because I laugh at the same things. I could be the little devil though and found myself in some strange predicaments. Who knows-hahahahaa

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  40. What a great idea for a blog hop. I have had way too many people tell me I remind them of Carrie from King of Queens. Must be the NY accent =P

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  41. Awww I so miss SATC!!! I was - am #teamSamantha but Carrie was always a good friend! Take care
    x

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  42. Who do I WANT to represent me? Yossarian, from Catch-22. With a bit of Jonathan Strange.

    Who do I THINK best represents me? That's tougher. I'll have to think about it.

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  43. I like your choices.

    I'm drawing a blank, but I recall encountering characters who've reminded me of myself.

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  44. My So Called Life--I remember that one.

    Hmm. Off the top of my head, how about the superhero Flash. He runs real fast, but does not excel at anything else. I guess I have battled that sort of thing myself.

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  45. What a lovely idea for a bloghop Stephanie! :) It has got me thinking!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Loved your post over at Corinne's!

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  46. I've heard more than once that My So-Called Life is a very "YA" show. I need to watch some reruns someday.

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  47. I definitely would have to be Carrie Bradshaw as well! I'm obsessed with SATC! I always find myself wishing that I had a group of friends like Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda.

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