For the first installment of Friday Five, I’ve been inspired by Hilary over at Writings and Worship to share 5 fiction characters I wish I knew in real life. I’ll admit, this list was hard to choose. I kept debating between choosing solely characters from books or TV/movies. In the end, I came up with a mixture of both. However, this list was so difficult to narrow, I might have to do a second one sometime. Anyway, here are 5 fiction characters I wish I knew in real life, in no particular order:
1. Ove – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
If you’ve never read this book, drop everything and go get a copy right now. This book is a heartwarming tale of the profound impact one life can have on others, and the relationships that hold us together when everything seems to be falling apart. Without revealing too much about the plot, Ove is a curmudgeon – he sees the world in black and white, he lives by rigid principles and he doesn’t fit neatly into the world around him. However, there’s more to Ove than his brusque exterior. Ove is such a lovable character, and my life would be better if it had an Ove in it.
2. Rory from Gilmore Girls
First, let me just saw how over the moon excited I am for the reunion season! I grew up with Rory. She and I were about the same age when the show first aired, so I’ve always felt a kinship with her. Her love for books, her nerdy tendencies, her love for writing, her upright, girl-next-door persona — we had much in common. I would love to have her as a friend. I can easily imagine grabbing coffee and discussing politics or the latest book club read with her.
3. Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey
I love some good snark. And who can deny that the Dowager Countess, Lady Violet, has the sharpest wit in all of the English upper class? Her ability to deliver a biting barb is unrivaled, and this video published by Slate Magazine recently of the Dowager Countess’ finest burns is worth your time. How great would it be to have her around to offer regular commentary on my everyday life?
4. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter
When I decided to make this list, I knew I had to include someone from HP. After all, there aren’t many books I’ll re-read, but the entire Harry Potter series are some that I return to regularly. It was difficult to choose just one character, but in the end I settled on Luna. When it comes to real life, Luna would be such a fun person to know. Her eccentric personality and unique perspective would make the mundane moments of daily life much more enjoyable.
5. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables
Last, I would love to know Anne Shirley. Her free spirit and wide imagination would be a fun addition to my friend circle. Her gregarious nature and forthright honesty are rare qualities. Also, her passionate love for the written word would make us “kindred spirits,” as she would say.
What about you? Do you have any favorite characters from books or movies that you would love to know in real life?