fauxklore (fauxklore) wrote,

Letter Meme

1. Leave a comment to this post, specifically saying that you would like a letter.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.

gnomi gave me a "D"

1) Death (as envisioned by Terry Pratchett in the Discworld series). I love how Pratchett depicts Death, with his distinctive speech (in smallcaps), his horse (Binky), and his fondness for cats. He's just traditional enough to be convincing, while having a true personality.

2) Dracula. Not enough people have actually read Bram Stoker's novel. It's a great mix of horror story and social commentary and especially interesting for Stoker's mixed feelings about modern womanhood. (His mother was an early feminist.) Dracula himself is almost incidental, a mechanism for bringing out the contrast between Mina (the most complete character in the book) and Lucy (whose 3 suitors barely combine to make a full man).

3) Domenica MacDonald. Domenica is one of the residents of Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street. She is an older woman, an anthropologist, and both an explorer and mentor to some of the other characters. I particularly like her research into modern day pirates, but will refrain from spoiling what she found out.

4) Dolly Levi. That's Dolly as in Hello, Dolly! I've never read or seen Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker so I can't judge whether or not the musical changed her, but I'm always fond of brash older women who take charge of their lives. I, too, have always been a woman who arranges things.

5) Dorothy Gale. I will admit to mixed feelings about the Oz books. I do think Dorothy does well with the circumstances she finds herself in, but there is still something off-putting about her. I suspect that she takes too much pleasure in power, especially in the later books in the series.
Tags: books, meme, movies, musicals, theatre

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