Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WHO YOU GONNA TURN TO?






LIST FROM TWO YEARS AGO---REVISED AND AMENDED:


You know I’ve been a reader all my life, with books such a great part of the Who I Am, and though I DO know fiction from fact most days, I’m just posting a list of the folks who, by dint of character or spirit or heroic dedication or plain old good company or sheer brain power---though I think I might not LIKE a few of them, I’d still want on MY SIDE, when I needed them.   They’re all IN IT, Banner and Blade:


Charlie Allnut
Samwise Gamgee
Briene of Tarth
Samwell Tarley
Ree Dolly
Reacher
Gus and Woodrow
 Mal Reynolds and all the crew of Serenity
Ziva
Tyrion
Lenny Briscoe
Quigley--Orrin Sackett--Jesse Stone--Frank Reagan--Thomas Magnum
Catniss Everdeen
Lisbeth Salander
 Merry and Pippin
Superman and Christopher Reeve
Ripley
Leon the Professional

Gibbs

Abby
Ducky
Neville Longbottom
Walt, Vic, Ferg, Henry and {Hector} 
Alan Shore, Red Reddington, Dembe Zuma
Reese and Finch, Shaw, Root, Elias, and Marconi
  Chuck Norris (and would HE not have made a splendid REACHER, for all 20+ movies, had the time been right)
Miss Shambala Green or anybody played by Lorraine Toussaint
Barney, Christmas, Trench, Gunnar 'n' 'em
Atticus Finch
Tom Joad
Marge the Cop 
 Jaqen H'ghar
Opie Winston
Lucas McCain 
Wile E. Coyote
Gunny Bricker
Poirot
J.B. Fletcher
Golly
Raylan Givens (or perhaps just his hat)
Boyd Crowder
Penelope Garcia
Dr. Spencer Reid
Red at Shawshank
Andy Dufresne
John Coffey--Paul Edgecombe--Brutal
 Nero, Jax, Bobby-Elvis, Tig, Chibs, and Miss Venus van Dam

Vincent/Hellboy/Clay Morrow
Ben Matlock/Andy Taylor
Lt. Dan 
Aibilene Clark
Andy Sipowicz
Vergil Tibbs
Louis Litt
Bobby Goren
Inigo Montoya
Menolly
Idgie Threadgoode
Molesley  
Rooster Cogburn
Michael Westen and Fi
Summer Glau
Clarice and Hannibal
Mags Bennett
Randall McMurphy
Jack Burton
The Goonies
Luke Danes
Jo March
Mammy at Tara
Edgar Roy
Rumpole
Arya
Mozzie
Clete Purcell
Ignatius J. Reilly
Tarzan
The Hound
Peter and Elizabeth Burke-best marriage on TV
Jeeves, though in our last days, we'd hope for the comfort of a Hoke  
Lorelai Gilmore
Frank Drebbin
Elizabeth Bennet  

Those four teenage boys, strangers to me, who surrounded me suddenly on a silent Eighties street, emerging from the dimness, walking around me like a phalanx of Palace Guards as I passed barred stores and grim faces in the dark, then melted away when I was safely locked in my car and on my way.




And, of course, the realest “Character” there is.   Chris.

5 comments:

Chronica Domus said...

I will always take Raylan Givens, hat or otherwise. He is perfection and perfectly cool! Actually, he is only enhanced by the fact that Boyd Crowder orbits his world.

Elizabeth Bennet, of course, yes. She's the epitome of a fun best friend.

A Super Dilettante said...

My dear Rachel,

This is such a wonderful list and one is absolutely spoilt for choice. Jo March is simply too romantic and earnest. Nevertheless, one would not say "no" to her if one was invited to sit next to her at the dinner table. One can learn so much about dedication and personal sacrifice from Jo. My perfect dinner table companion is Miss Charlotte Bartlett from E. M. Forster's A Room With A View. But the one characters out of all Forster's novels that I truly admire and adore is Mr. Cyril Fielding from "A Passage to India". Sending you my warmest wishes from a very cold and autumnal Scotland, ASD

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

So very long since I've seen you. I'm busy trying to get on top of what's going on here. Samwise definitely!! Who could want for more. Loyalty is #1 with me. :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Mona

Beverly said...

Karen Blixen

Kim S. said...

Love the list. I recognize a LOT of them, but not all. I want Dorothy Gale as my tour guide to the best land in all the world. And I want Gladys Taber (she's real - is that cheating?) to show me her Cape Cod. I ALMOST have Father Tim as my priest. My Father Lee is CLOSE!