Several games of Blog Tag are bopping around in my circle. (Not in my circle? Join in!) My friend Adam Dreece tagged me in this one! I might just be tagging you in on the fun, so let’s go!!!
The original tag by Susan Kicklighter asked said blogger to list their 10 favorite Screen Characters. Adam shaved that down to 7 because (well, this is my theory) anything Scarlett Johansson is in counts as 4. 😉
My 10 Favorite Screen Characters
Ender Wiggin/Ender’s Game (played by the boy on fire, star of the Steampunk sensation Hugo, Asa Butterfield)
Ender wasn’t supposed to be born, he is small, picked on, and nobody really thought he’d amount to much (except for his endearing sister Valentine and the ruthless Colonel Graff). He is also smart, strategic, witty, caring, and deadly. Ender (brought spectacularly to life by Asa) has this GREAT line: “In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.” (I’m not going to spoil the movie for those that may have let it pass by, but that love Ender has for his enemy? It makes him both lethal and loveable!)
Tris/The Divergent Series (Played by the beautiful big-eyed heart-tugger, Shailene Woodley)
Tris is Divergent. In a dystopian society that likes to see people neatly sorted into factions – Dauntless (the brave) Amity (the peaceful) Candor (the honest) Erudite (the intelligent) and Abnegation (the selfless) – there are rare souls that posses the ability to be ALL of these things! The government doesn’t like them and Tris rises to the occasion in a strong, feminine, kick-ass way that truly inspires!
Hazel Grace Lancaster/The Fault in Our Stars (Coincidentally also played by the radiant Shailene Woodley – No, I’m not obsessed with Shailene, but the depth of character she brings and the actual characters that she’s been privileged to bring to life, are extraordinary!) **Spoiler Alert!! Hazel has cancer. The insane, funny, touching, factual, heart-breaking reality of cancer – not the dramatized, watered down, or puffed up version, but the real thing! Hazel manages to keep it light, deep, & real. She finds the love of her life, knowing that terminal cancer and love are not – usually – compatible. This very quotable (and often quoted) story is a beautiful mess. Hazel attacks her issues head-on and when death is finally imminent, she tackles that with real grief and an amazing ability to understand that, “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” And with a tear-filled smile, she looks into the night-sky – fully realizing the pain of loss and heartbreak, she whispers a powerful, accepting, and final, “Okay.”
Gwen Stacy/Spiderman (Played by the hilarious personality of Emma Stone) Smart, pretty, rich, (red-head!) down to earth, and hopelessly in love with Spiderman. Need I say more?
Lucy Pevensie/The Narnia Series (Played by Georgie Henley) The first “big girl” book series that I was introduced to was C.S. Lewis’ world of Narnia. (I was reading novels at three, so my apologies to the writers and illustrators of children’s books, but I skipped that genre entirely.) My girl Lucy! What to say? With childlike wonder she stepped into a magical Wardrobe and found herself in Narnia! Did she run back into the wardrobe screaming? Heck no! When a half-goat, half-human fawn stumbles upon her does she panic? Uh uh. She accepts his invitation to tea & Lucy is in for the adventure of a lifetime (literally)! I LOVE a child that is still innocent enough to be perfectly ok with a magical realm existing in a wardrobe, who steps up to face The Lion that terrifies everyone else, and, when bravery is required she reaches into her sheath, pulls out her little dagger and says, “Come and get it!” (Actually she said, “I think I can be brave enough.” To which Aslan replies, “My dear, you are brave enough for all of us.”) One final quote from the book is, “One day, you will be old enough to read fairy tales again.” (I never grew out of them!!)
Indiana Jones (Played by Harrison Ford) Yeah, I think this one is self-explanatory!
Vivian Ward/Pretty Woman (Played by the amazing Julia Roberts) Yep! I saw all of the furrowed brows and the question mark bubbles above your heads when you read, “Vivian Ward;” I was tempted NOT to cite the movie just to see what you might come up with! A down on her luck girl with a heart of gold is sucked into the world of prostitution. In a matter of days when she finally realizes that she WANTS the fairy tale, she dumps the rich, emotionally unavailable man and her “career” to pursue her dreams (all the while keeping her dignity and moxie intact)!
(Yes, I realize that is only 7, but unlike Adam -lol- I have 3 more to share, I’m just going to go ahead and hit “publish” now & come back to it later!
Stay tuned!!! 🌟🌟🌟