This is my entry in the Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted today by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish. Go take a look and see who the other participating bloggers are listing. Here's the link. Every Tuesday we list the Top Ten whatevers chosen for that week.
TOP TEN CHARACTERS I'D WANT AS FAMILY MEMBERS.
Hmmm....I'm thinking, I'm thinking....!
Okay, here they are, in no particular order:
1) Dr. John H. Watson as my grandfather (From the books by Arthur Conan Doyle.) So I could hear all about the Holmes stories at first hand. Watson is described by Doyle and Laurie R. King as a truly good man, seeming untouched by the sins of the world. (I paraphrase.) I like him. Plus it never hurts to have a doctor in the family.
2) Roderick Allyn as my father. (From the books by Ngaio Marsh.) Ngaio Marsh's splendid Scotland Yard inspector is well-read and brilliant, charming and good looking. A thinking man. A man devoted to his wife and family as well as his job. Plus, I'd get to live in England and travel all over Europe. If I couldn't have him as a husband, I'd want him as my father. Hmm, that sounds wierd. Well, you know what I mean. There's only one man in literature I'd want as a husband and he's coming up later.
3) The Dana Girls as my sisters. (From the books by Carolyn Keene.) And boy would we have fun adventuring and solving mysteries. I like the closeness these two characters have. I've never had a sister, but I'd sure like these two to tag around with.
4) Elvis Cole as my brother. (From the books by Robert Crais.) I love a competent man who knows how to get things done. And who better to have as a brother than a private eye who is close friends with Joe Pike? I could swoon over Joe from afar. (He is far too dangerous for me to fall in love with, although I would have a crush on him forever.) Elvis would be the go-to guy when trouble comes calling. Plus he would always have a handy shoulder to cry on.
5) Cliff Janeway as another brother. (From the books by John Dunning.) A cool guy who is a book collector/book dealer and shop owner in Denver. We could talk books and book collecting to our hearts' content. And when an adventure beckons, he'd be ready for that too.
6) Troy Allyn as my mom. (From the books by Ngaio Marsh.) Nice and handy since she's already married to Roderick Allyn. (Wouldn't want to break them up.) A brilliant artist and devoted mother. She is also not averse to adventure and mystery. What could be better?
7&8) Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy as aunt and uncle. (From the book by Jane Austen.) Don't know that I'd necessarily like living with them, but I'd sure want them in my life in some capacity. Uncle and aunt make a nice inclusion. We could visit them at Pemberly whenever we got an invite and we'd have a place to run to if life got too hectic. Plus hopefully I'd be remembered in their will. Never hurts to have a rich relative or two.
9) Forgot about a grandmother. Well, how about Thursday Next? (from the books by Jasper Fforde.) She's a literary detective, a traveler in the fictional world as well as the 'real'. She has a pet dodo named Pickwick. She solves mysteries and she knows a thing or two about what really goes on in literary circles. Think of the stories she'd have to tell.
10) The only man in fiction I'd marry. (Family includes marriage - right?) The man for me is: Archeologist/Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson. (From the books by Elizabeth Peters.) If you read these books you know what a larger-than-life character Emerson is. You also know that he's opinionated and a bit loony-tooney. (Well, maybe more than a bit.) He's also given to gigantic gestures and causing scenes wherever he goes. But he's also brilliant, romantic, handsome, devoted and mostly right most of the time AND he sits a horse beautifully. His wife Amelia Peabody and I would have to duke it out, though.
The thing is: You can't really do this kind of list so it makes any sense. Primarily because you have to disassociate the characters from their relationships inside their own fictional worlds. AND it's THOSE relationships and stories that make them the characters they are in the first place. This was the hardest list to work on for that reason alone.
Plus, I'm trying to imagine all these people cooped up together at a Christmas dinner celebration, and failing dismally. HA!
What do you think? What fictional characters would you like to call 'family'?