I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Perspective of a Writer to share our love of great characters. Each week Dani will assign a topic/type of character that we must find examples of in the various media we consume (books, TV shows, movies, comics, podcasts, etc.).
For now, it seems that my timing will always be off for this meme. Maybe in June I’ll get back on track and post according to the dates Dani has listed. Since I missed last week’s topic (I was on vacation and didn’t post anything) and will most likely be busy next week, I’ve decided to complete all the topics for May in this post.
Starting with last week’s topic:
A shifter character whose abilities and life I’d love to lead…
This made me realize that I’m not a fan of shapeshifters, though I think it’s a cool ability. It was hard to think of an answer for this, but I settled on animagi in the Harry Potter books because their shapeshifting abilities give them freedom (the Marauders), allow them to conduct clandestine operations, and have fun entertaining others (Tonks). I chose to highlight Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix because I think this is where we first meet Tonks, whose shapeshifting abilities I admire the most. I’d like to have her abilities so I can make my hair a bright shade of bubble-gum pink at will, but not her life.
This week’s topic:
God or Goddess BFF
A mythological character I’d want as a friend would be…
Gods are fickle, powerful beings. I don’t think I’d want to be besties with one. Suppose I annoyed them? I mean, besties annoy each other at some point. They’d blast me apart, regret it, then bring me back to life (that’s if they regret it), which would be okay since I’d continue living, but I’m sure the blasting apart part would really hurt.
Anyway, since I had to choose a character, I went with Inanna from the Wicked + the Divine comic book series, which is about gods from several cultures’ pantheons incarnated as humans every few years. This time, they’re incarnated as pop superstars. Inanna is the “Sumerian goddess of love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, combat, justice, and political power,” who was later worshipped by the Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians under the name Ishtar. She is associated with the planet Venus and her symbols are the lion and the eight-pointed star (which you can see Inanna from WicDiv sporting above). (I got all that from Wikepedia, btw.)
In the comic book series, Inanna is male and is illustrated as the pop star Prince. I can’t say much about him because it would mostly be spoilers since Inanna appears in the second volume of the series, but I like Inanna because he seems the nicest of the bunch. Dionysus seems cool too, but his parties are way trippy and makes me feel borderline mad or blazed out my mind. I’d burn out quick if I were friends with Dionysus. Lucifer is probably my favorite character in the series, but I think that’s because I really like how she’s drawn. She makes me think of David Bowie. Don’t think we’d make great friends though.
Next week’s topic:
Man you want next door
A male character I wouldn’t mind having as a neighbor:
No, I wouldn’t want a neighbor who’s a complainer, but I’d love to have one who’s an architectural historian. I think it would be cool to have such a person as a neighbor or friend. They could share a bunch of interesting tidbits and facts with me that I’d be eager to learn.
Mr. Complainer is a customer from Sal’s cheese shop in Ruth Reichl’s Delicious!, a contemporary novel about a woman in her 20s who moves to New York City to overcome her grief and secure a position at a food magazine.
And that’s it. My plan for June is to publish these posts on time, but we’ll see if I stick to that.