I know I’m late in contributing to this week’s discussion but I’ve been pondering (I’ve also been reading the most awesome book which I could barely interrupt for sleep let along blogging but more about that tomorrow). Suey asked us to either discuss a character we really relate to because they’re so much like us we might as well be them OR a character who is the complete opposite of ourselves OR a character we’d most like to be.
I thought I’d tackle the third option but I can’t think of one single character I would like to be. However, reflecting just on the books I’ve read so far this year I can think of some character traits I’d like to purloin from several characters:
- Hercule Poirot’s ability to observe everything that’s going on in a situation. (I tend not to pay much attention to my surroundings and this can cause trouble like having to wander aimlessly through a car park in the rain when one has obliviously wandered into the store without taking note of where one parked one’s bloody car).
- Adelia Aguilar’s eloquent ability to find the right thing to say at the right time (I can usually think of the right things to say but it’s often several hours after the conversation where they were needed is over)
- John Ceepak’s resolve in always sticking to his moral principles even when the circumstances make it difficult (I don’t always do this but I’ve been known to walk away from workplace discussions in which people are saying awful things about immigrants (or other minority groups) rather than try to be a voice of reason and sanity)
- Kinsey Millhone’s discipline when it comes to exercise (she runs virtually every morning unless she’s been shot while my excuses for not getting off my bum are more along the lines of “it’s a bit chilly today”)
- Clara Benning’s determination not to let rotten situations get the better of her (especially at work I have to fight the tendency to want to throw my hands in the air and let the buggers win)
If you don’t know who some of these people are click on the link to find the excellent books in which they’ve appeared.