Have you created a photo collage on your social media of the 3 Fictional Characters that best describe you yet? Who reminds you of you?
Whether or not you choose to join in, asking a friend what their 3 Fictional Characters are is really just a great conversation waiting to happen. On top of that, it’s a wonderful way to learn how they view themselves.
But it’s so tough to narrow it down, especially if you’re over 30 and have seen or read a thousand stories! I’ve dragged my feet about jumping in with my 3.
Here are my hurdles….
- I hate being told what to do.
- All my favorite characters are slightly neurotic.
- My answer depends on how I’m feeling and that could change by this afternoon.
…and here is how I will overcome them!
- I’m giving myself an empowering directive, no one else is making me do it.
- Neurotic characters are often triumphant in fiction.
- I can always change my answers. Any. Time. I. Want.
This question reminds me of the night that my husband and I went out with some couple-friends, and saw Titanic. In 1997 Titanic was the biggest movie of the year, it collected 11 Academy Awards, and it was the top-grossing movie of all time at $400 million until Spiderman in 2002. It’s easy to see why – such a compelling story full of characters from all strata of society. Literally anyone from anywhere could find themselves on that boat.
Who would I be on Titanic? Someone who fought to survive?
In 1997, I had not yet had the hardest day of my life. I was still wondering if just protecting our marriage, struggling for work, and raising my babies was enough to consume all my courage, as I thought perhaps it might. So, the day I watched Titanic, I saw myself in the old couple from steerage who climbed into bed, grateful to exit this world as a unit.
64 – the number of lifeboats the Titanic was equipped to carry.
20 – the number of lifeboats she actually carried.
28 – the number of people on board the first lifeboat, which had a capacity of 65 people.
The odds overwhelmed me. That’s who I was then, someone not sure she would conquer. My storyline was still developing.
Three years later I would save a life. It’s possible that I was prepared for that moment because I had considered my character at a movie theater.
So, 3 characters that describe you: Go.
HINT: you’re much braver than you think.
My characters are (and I couldn’t cut it to three):
- Erica Barry
- Katheen Kelly
- Iris Simkins
- Evelyn Greenslade
P.S. Bonus points if you can match them to their movie and tell me on the Facebook page.
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