When I was in high school, I read Catch-22 and fell head over heels in love with Yossarian. I haven’t read the book since, I don’t know why I went crazy for him, but I felt sure he was my soul mate. This week, we asked Entropy contributors–who was the first fictional character with whom you fell in love? Who made you want to jump into the novel, get married, and run far far away from reality?
Curious George and Falcor.
Harry Crewe, the heroine in Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword. I just wanted to jump on the back of her horse and fight dragons with her and perhaps later scissor.
Lewis Barnavelt from the John Bellairs novels. I was scared of everything too.
Stuart Little, Pony Boy, George from George’s Marvelous Medicine, Ramona Quimby, Fudge from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Frog & Toad, Tom Sawyer. Wouldn’t marry any of them but I really wanted to be best friends with all of them at some point.
This is pretty early stuff, but for sure it’s a tie between Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm from the Richard Scarry books. Huckle was sweet and adorable but then Lowly was the antihero type with the apple car. I still want to live in those books.
The kid in Bridge to Teribithia, then the kid in My Side of the Mountain. I grew up in the woods, so this was natural.
Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny
The first fictional character I fell in love with was Julian Sorel from Stendhal´s The Red and The Black, come on Freud, say it, say it: my passions -like Sorel´s- will betray me.
Billy Bones, but I didn’t want to marry him, not really.
Louis de Pointe du Lac from Interview with a Vampire. Not sure I wanted to marry him, but he’d probably seduce me against my will and dress me up in a waistcoat and wig and we’d go to the opera and yeah, it’d be pretty cool for a couple centuries.