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3 fictional characters that describe you: GO

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….

  1. I hate being told what to do.
  2. All my favorite characters are slightly neurotic.
  3. My answer depends on how I’m feeling and that could change by this afternoon.

…and here is how I will overcome them!

  1. I’m giving myself an empowering directive, no one else is making me do it.
  2. Neurotic characters are often triumphant in fiction.
  3. 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.


The Lifeboats
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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