Because we’re more housebound at this time of year, a recent Facebook posting, on the home page of World Literature Today (https://www.facebook.com/worldlittoday), really caught my fancy. It asked its readers the following question:
If you could live the life of any one literary character,
who would you choose and why?
What first seemed simple and fun has turned out to be a challenge. My first problem is having my thoughts flooded by characters emanating from my most recent literary experiences, by which I mean not only what I have read, but also what I have watched on television—such as adaptations of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I guess I’ll need some time to really dig. I want to get this right!
Then there is the issue of gender: would I be a man or a woman? Because part of the thrill of this recasting of my life is that I can be ANYONE in literature, at any time!
The passionate reader has lived vicariously through the adventures and sorrows of hundreds of characters, but not every one of these has evoked the same empathetic experience, or the same sense of joy, of excitement or of intimate understanding.
So I am leaving the question with you as well:
If you could live the life of any one literary character, who would you choose and why?
If you’re struggling for inspiration, you can go to the Facebook link posted above and click on the comments left by others readers.
The Why component is as important as the Who, so stop, think, and when you have decided which life you might have lived, please leave us a comment.
“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”