Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: All In The Family

Today's blog hop from The Broke and the Bookish asks us to name our "Top Ten Book Characters I'd Want As Family Members (All those characters you think would be awesome moms, dads, sisters, uncles, grandparents etc.)."

Well, I'm actually quite happy to stick with my real-life family members, but if I lived in a literary landscape, here's who I'd choose...

Brothers: Pi from Life of Pi Harry PotterHaroun from Haroun & the Sea of Stories.  This trio would challenge and inspire me to step up my world-changing game, plus I know they'd always have my back!

Sisters: Olivia from the Olivia children's books.  She'd probably drive me nuts, but I'd adore her anyway.  And Hermione from the Harry Potter series.  A kindred spirit and, again, a sibling to spark my own genius.  And Esperanza from The House on Mango Street, a poet of fanciful dreamings and compassionate acts to inspire and to offer solace in times of change or struggle.

Eccentric Uncle: Hagrid from the Harry Potter series.  Wouldn't it be a kick to visit his house over summer vacation?

Inspirational Aunts: Janie from Their Eyes Were Watching God and Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility.  The boldly strong-willed and the sweetly pragmatic, they'd make quite a pair in conversation over holiday dinners and make outstanding confidantes and mentors.

Admirable Grandmas & Grandpas:  Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird or Elie Wiesel, author and central character in Night (Wiesel calls this famous work a novel rather than a memoir.)  Ma Joad from The Grapes of Wrath.

Just imagine the animated conversations this group could conjure around the Thanksgiving dinner table!


Oops: Too many relatives!  Ah well, abundance is all.  Now offer me your favorites too and then hop on over the The Broke and the Bookish to find other blogs to sample.


Red said...

First of all I love the way you structured your list. Hagrid would make a very fun eccentric uncle. Maybe not someone around all the time but certainly someone to visit often :)

Teacher/Learner said...

I also went for a fun uncle, but chose Will from About a Boy by Nick Hornby. Great choice of Ma Joad--I think she is a perfect grandmother and Jane Darwell in the movie is fantastic.

Laura said...

Aw, I chose Ma Joad and Atticus as parents, although they would definitely be awesome grandparents too (and, considering the age of the books, they would definitely be that hehe!)

My list is here :) http://devouringtexts.blogspot.com/2011/03/top-ten-tuesday_15.html

Anonymous said...

These are awesome choices. Forgot about Pi and Esperanza and Janie. Wanted to choose Olivia but i made myself choose characters i don't ramble on about ALL the time. Glad she made it into your family.

Anonymous said...

I almost put Elinor Dashwood on my list, but I didn't think of her until it was too late. She's one of my favorite Austen characters, though. Nice list!

Anonymous said...

I love how you structured your list too, and not only because mine was also Harry Potter heavy :). As far as Olivia the pig, she's a lot of fun to have as a daughter--my daughter Sophie is a cross between Olivia and Ramona!

Laurie said...

Jackie - What drama and laughter you must experience daily with Ramivia for a daughter!
Glad so many of us hold would-be family members in common. Does that make us fictional family, once removed? ;-)

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