My hubby is like Lisa with lots more conscience and much less ambition.
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” ~ John Rogers
And on the negative side (because Frank is SO positive), Diane Chambers from Cheers. We both have illusions about our wit, intelligence and deserved station in life that are belied by our ho-hum actual lives.
Everybody have fun tonight. Everybody Wang Chung tonight.
The growling furball from "The Dark Crystal". It's me.
HAHAHA! I just have to say how much this cracked me up, again. I tried to rep it, but apparently I already have. Thanks for the hearty laugh at two-thirty am, babe. I love you for this kind of stuff.
I relate a LOT to this character:
Shizuku from a Studio Ghibli film called Whisper of the Heart (which, incidentally, can be watched in full on youtube). She's a teenager who considers the library home and reads fantasy and fiction frequently. She's going through growing pains but overall doing very well in school and seems to be enjoying her normal life. She meets a boy who is following his passion of becoming a violin-maker, and she deeply admires his courage, initiative and what he's accomplished so far, but on the flipside she feels extremely pale in comparison to him: "He already knows what he wants to do and he's pursuing it, and I don't even know what I want to do. He's already so much more accomplished than I am. I don't feel good enough."
He inspires her to pursue her dream of writing, and, if only to prove to herself that she has it in her, she feverishly writes her first novel while he's away for a couple months in Cremona, Italy, studying as a violin-maker's apprentice. She neglects her school work while she's writing, much to her family's worry; her older sister confronts her with her falling grades, saying no secondary school is going to accept her if she screws up her grades now. She's faced with the dilemma of either sticking to the well-worn path of school and education, or of beating her own path. Her father tells her that beating her own path will be hard, but he gives her the choice.
When she completes the novel, she still doesn't feel good enough. "I tried so hard to write, but there's still so much I don't know about writing." She cries at the end of this line, but the grandfather of the boy comforts her by comparing artists (including her) to jewels in the rough: first one must dig deep to find the gems within the rock, which is hard work, but even after finding them, the gems must be polished, which takes a lot of hard work too. She later decides to stay in school at least until she completes high school, but she still hopes to be a professional writer some day. So I can relate a great deal to her struggles: staying on the well-worn path vs. finding one's own, and intense feelings of not being good enough.
Characters I also relate to whom people may be more familiar with: Juno from the movie Juno and Ashitaka from the movie Princess Mononoke.
They're running just like you
For you, and I, wooo
So people, people, need some good ol' love