Tonight, I am curled up with a really, really good book, and a glass of wine. I’m still wearing red lipstick, but I’m rocking old sweatpants and a t-shirt. I am so, so very happy right now. I love partying. But I also really, really love reading and watching movies.
Here are a few of my favorite fictional characters (in books and films):
Marion in 2 Days in Paris
Julie Delpy directed this film and also plays Marion, the Frenchwoman who has seemingly had a relationship with half of Paris, much to the chagrin of her American boyfriend Jack (Adam Goldberg).
I want to hang out with Marion. She’s always saying strange things, she’s somewhat confident and yet can be charmingly insecure, and she has this perspective that reminds me of my French feminist phase. Actually, I want to hang out with Julie Delpy. It’s on Netflix Instant so…go watch it. It’s great.
Rebecca Bloomwood, Shopaholic series
I love all of the Shopaholic Series. Rebecca Bloomwood always seems to be a silly, forgetful woman who is more captivated with shopping than she is anything else, but the author, Sophie Kinsella, reveals that Rebecca is really funny, warmhearted, and intelligent. I would love to go shopping with her husband’s credit cards. Anytime.
Essie Lane, Church Folk
Set in the 1960s, Church Folk is a Christian romance novel that focuses on the courtship of Essie Lane and Reverend Theophilus Simmons. It is one of my FAVORITE novels of all time; the characters are hilarious. Ridiculous. Of course, it, and the rest of Bowen’s books all feature church drama. Most of all, though, I love reading about black love–without the sex scenes that come with a lot of other “urban lit”. (Not hating, just saying).
Winter, The Coldest Winter Ever
Winter, the eldest daughter of a drug kingpin, attempts to survive after her father gets locked up, her mother gets addicted to drugs, and her sisters are sent to foster care. I don’t know if I really *like* Winter, but I definitely respect her as she attempts to juggle her different hustles. It is one of the most realistic books I have ever read.
Kainene, Half of a Yellow Sun
This is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. It has already been made into a movie (which I’m anxiously waiting to see!). Kainene is the twin sister to Olanna, who is beautiful. Kainene, however, is intelligent, shrewd, businesslike (even in the midst of a civil war). She is also described is being the unattractive one. Kainene is self-contained, almost seemingly rigid. Yet, there is something vulnerable and loveable about her. She is one of the most interesting female characters I’ve stumbled across in fiction.
Almodovar’s film is brilliant, although strange. Raimunda has always struck me as a powerful woman who uses her wits to survive. When her daughter kills her husband for attempting to rape her, she quickly arranges to bury the body. A man comes to the door, but she has blood on her cheek. He asks what’s going on.
“Oh, it’s nothing. Women’s problems,” she replies.
That quick wit and the ability of Almodovar to create a woman’s universe has always struck me as interesting.
Tessa, the godmother
Tessa encapsulates the difficulties of being single, without children, and having everyone think her life is endlessly glamorous. She wants to get married and have children. She is looked at as a threat when she shows up to parties alone. I had to stop myself from yelling out, “girl, I completely understand.” Unlike other chick lit novels, it doesn’t prioritize her relationship with a man, but focuses on her friendships and how they change as her friends have children. It feels real.
Everybody from The Wire
I want to talk shop with Lester Freamon, and drink with Bunk, and be Stringer Bell’s girlfriend. Shoot, I might rob somebody along with Omar. And I’m *still* mad at how they killed off Bodie.
As it gets cold, consider huddling up and reading/watching anything on this list!!