Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I am Batman! Who are you?

Ever wonder why some characters resonate so much? Or what makes people want to be certain characters, like Batman, James Bond, Jason Bourne, Bella Swan, Harry Potter, Nancy Drew, Jasmine Callihan, Araminta Spookie, Judy Moody, Captain Underpants, or even the Pigeon that wants to drive the bus? I think it’s for one of three reasons:

Universal Everyman – for example, Batman. Something bad happened to him and he couldn’t do anything about it, so he’s dedicated his life to getting rid of crime / making sure it doesn’t happen again. Wouldn’t we all like the power and the money to be able to do that for whatever our personal demons are?

Universal Fantasy - for example, Bella Swan. Who wouldn’t want a sexy guy or girl that’s totally in to you? Or Harry Potter, people love to believe in magic and a world where magic exists.

Universal Desire to be Someone Else – Everyone is going to have their own reason for wishing they were someone else, and they will have their own favorite characters who they’d like to be.

Do you think there are other reasons why people are drawn to characters?

If you could be any character, who would you choose to be and why? (You can choose more than one!)

There are lots of characters that I would really like to be, even if it were only for a day. My top two choices are Batman and Araminta Spookie, because they are both really cool and get to do amazing things, plus Araminta lives in a haunted house.


Book Picks: The Araminta Spookie series by Angie Sage
Araminta is a spunky girl that lives in a haunted house and has wonderfully wacky adventures with her friend Wanda Wizzard. There are ghosts and vampires and bats and frogs too. This series is lots of fun and there are excellent illustrations by Jimmy Pickering.