Tuesday, February 24, 2009

If you could live the life of a book character, what would it be?

This question came streaming through Twitter the other day:[1]

If you could live the life of a book character, what would it be?
When I read this, I had a number of individuals immediately come to mind: wise Gandalf, valiant Aragorn and High King Peter Pevensie. As soon as I thought of them, they did not fit too well with my own personality and I rejected them almost immediately. These personalities were all highly visible, public leaders and fighters. While it is exciting to think about living their lives of magic, intrigue and swash-buckling action, they do not fit intrinsically with whom I am.

When I realized I needed to filter this way, two other characters immediately popped into mind, both of which fit better with my own self-perception: Professor Digory Kirke and Dr. Elwin Ransom. Both these characters were reluctant heroes in their respective stories. A scheming Uncle first forced Young Digory into his destiny through some "science" experiments. Two calculating acquaintances kidnapped Dr. Ransom while on holiday, kicking off his interplanetary adventures. Both overcame the obstacles thrown into their path, not through strength of arms, but by right thinking, right morals and dogged perseverance.

So, who would you be?

For more information on these characters, Wikipedia has articles on each: Gandalf, Aragorn, Peter Pevensie, Professor Digory Kirke and Dr. Elwin Ransom.

1. Sorry, I do not remember who posted it or I would give credit where it is due.