There’s this closed group on FaceBook that I’m a member of, and today a very fun post got my wheels turning. It started out with this picture:
The person who posted asked others to contribute lists. While the names I know on this list are pretty awesome, but their influence is more relevant to a younger generation than mine, so it was a good question. It took me about 15 minutes, but I came up with the six fictional characters that probably taught me the most. This is in no particular order.
- Meg Murry (A Wrinkle in Time)
- Duncan Idaho (Dune Series)
- Wonder Woman
- Charlie (Firestarter)
- Calvin (and Hobbes)
- J. Alfred Prufrock
I knew each of these characters before I went away to
high school college! If I went with a lifetime of learning, I might have a different list, but I don’t really think so. Even adding in the second half of my life, I think these characters are some of the most real to me. I’ve felt each one’s story deeply. I almost put King Arthur, because I spent such a long time absolutely immersed in Arthurian legend and his story was very important to me, but it’s hard to pin down which version, and if I’m very literal about the whole thing, I can’t say he never existed anyway.
I posed the question to the Spousal Unit. It took him about 20 minutes to come up with his list:
- Scout Finch
Interesting trends with both of us. Even though I don’t have a lot of followers these days anymore, both of us had so much fun with this. If anyone is reading, I’d love to see yours.