So if you’ve been reading my blog posts for awhile, you’ll know I’m a little wacky. One day I hope the term to be “eccentric,” but that’s a financial threshold I have yet to cross. Case in point, I have a beaver mascot who lives to insult me, and I often wonder around singing to myself or conversing with make believe people.
My quirks aren’t a gimmick or false front—I’ve been borderline looney toons as far back as I can remember. My best friends growing up were the gang from Mystery Inc. especially shaggy and Scooby Doo. We’d have adventures that led nowhere and solved nothing and I was often heard muttering the phrase “if it weren’t for you meddling kids….”
At 8, it was cute. At 31, just plain strange.
Some other favorite fictional characters that I’ve been obsessed with.
1) The crew from Star Trek: the Next Generation. I watched the shows, devoured the books (the ones by Peter David are the absolute best, especially if you are a Riker/Troi fan) and even had a game boy video cartridge. And I won’t apologize for it.
2) Suzanne Brockmann’s troublershooters. Of course, I prefer the ones that focused on the Navy SEALs, having an inside track to the navy lifestyle and having heard first hand the reverent tones in which the SEAL teams are described. Something about Brockmann’s guys in particular is timelessly appealing. The tortured heroes to the nth degree.
3) The Charmed ones. Though I didn’t get cozy with this uber popular TV series from the beginning, I was no less a fangirl once hooked. Julian McMahon as the half demon Balthazar. Oh yeah.
4) J.R. Ward’s Blackdagger Brotherhood. Another master of torture. By the time you get to the end of one of Ward’s books, you know those characters have truly earned their HEA.
5) Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark Series. Nuff said.
6) The Gilmore Girls. The speed of snark in this show mesmerized me. This and Farscape is what got me through 2004 in my money-pit, bug-infested ranch house, two children under the age of four and a husband on 6 month deployment.
7) Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Are you getting the impression that my tastes in entertainment are a little disparate? The common thread is quality. I leaned on this fantasy epic while pregnant with my first son, and took me about nine months to read the first eight books, as I had to keep switching back to What to Expect While Your Expecting. (Talk about disparate.;-))
8) Maggie and Neil. He’s been with me since 2006 and I’ll never grow tired of him. I’ve said it before and I will gain, Neil is my ultimate hero, I can’t create any better than him. Maggie’s voice is so interwoven with my own I have a hard time figuring out where she ends and I begin. We have a great love-hate bond going. Other characters come and go, but these two will be with me forever.
So what about you? Do you ever obsess over characters, well after the show has ended or the final page of the book has been read? I’ve aired my dirty laundry and there’s plenty of room on the line for yours!