9 sexy ladies and one sexy feline

Inspired by Eleni’s list, I’m going to make a list of the ten characters I would most like to be. I will warn you that these are from a variety of different places…

10. Lara Croft

Everytime I tell someone I want to be an archaeologist, they inevitably say, “Like Indiana Jones?” and I answer, “Yes, I’m working on my whip work.” The other day my sister and I decided that I couldn’t quite be like Indiana Jones. We came to the conclusion that I definitely have the rack necessary to be Lara Croft. And who wouldn’t want to be Lara Croft? 1) She’s hot. 2) She’s rich. 3) She’s smart. 4) She’s Angelina Jolie. Mmm.

9. Daine Sarrasri
Star of Tamora Pierce’s Immortals Quartet, Daine was my first fantasy hero. She’s by far the coolest of all Pierce’s characters. She can talk to animals, for one. She has a very troubled past. And most importantly, she gets the tall, dark, brooding mage. The Tamora Pierce books are very dear to my heart - Wild Magic was the first fantasy book I ever read, and I remained obsessed for years. Also, they’re how I met Fae.

8. Aurian
Here’s where you realize that I really have a thing for red heads. Aurian is the main character in Maggie Furey’s Artifacts of Power series, possibly my favourite fantasy series to date. Aurian herself is a great character - stubborn and powerful, and yet completely naive and dependent on those around her. Sometimes during the books you really hate her, and I think that’s the mark of a good character. That they are so firmly themselves that they don’t cater to your idea of what they should be. It takes a really good writer to make you change your mind about a character. Oh, and did I mention that she gets two loves of her life, Forral and Anvar - both of whom I’d gladly have.

7. Assassin
I’d always loved Diablo II, but I was so excited when they released the expansion and you could play an Assassin! And not only that, but it’s a chick and she has claws. And it gets even better, because I didn’t have to give up on the firepower I had when I played the Sorceress. The Assassin can get traps and explode people! Yes, I’m the kind of girl who gets excited over the outfits and such in games. I bought Neverwinter Nights just because your character could change outfits…

6. Clementine
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my favourite movies of all time. Kate Winslet is by far my favourite actress. And I thought she was brilliant in Eternal Sunshine. And I love her hair. It reminds me of my purple hair (which not-so-coincidentally was around the same time I first saw the movie). If I ever dye my hair a crazy colour again, it will be that bright red-orange from the movie.

5. Helen of Troy and Cassandra
Okay, Helen is usually considered more of a historical figure than a character. But the Trojan War more of a myth than a historical truth (even though it DID happen, it wasn’t necessarily the way it was described in the Iliad). Helen and Cassandra of Troy both tie for this number 5, because I’m torn. Would I rather be the undeniably beautiful Helen, the face that launched a thousand ships? Or the understatedly beautiful prophetess Cassandra? Helen has more fame and fervour. Cassandra has more tragedy and mystery. Either way, I read a book called Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren when I was younger, and have adored both characters ever since.

4. G(a)linda
“Whenever I see someone less fortunate than I - and let’s face it, who isn’t less fortunate than I? - my tender heart tends to start to bleed. When someone needs a makeover, I simply have to take over. I know I know exactly what they need…” G(a)linda from Wicked is beyond amazing. For one, the voice that Kristen Chenoweth gave her (with the strangely beautiful opera-yodel) is astounding. On top of that, Glinda is what makes the musical fun. She’s ditzy and cute and in the end, it turns out that she’s the Good afterall. She grows so much throughout the musical, all culminating in one of my favourite songs of all time, For Good. I would be G(a)linda so I could prance around in curls and poofy dresses and pink. In fact, I have a gorgeous Glinda costume made by Kaitlyn for that exact purpose!

3. Fainne
The Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier is amazing. Every single bit of it is just so magical and so full of beauty. I fell in love with these books, rife with Irish folklore, before I went to Ireland. I reread them there, and fell even more in love when I realized that the beauty Marillier is describing really exists. I chose Fainne, out of all of the strong female characters in Sevenwaters, because I find her story the most compelling. She’s forever haunted by her parents’ past. She is constantly torn between helping her mother’s family and saving her father’s life - and in the end almost loses everything because of it. And, of course, Darragh… He is probably the best of the male characters in Marillier’s books. He’s just so sweet. And the ending is so sad and yet so perfect…

2. Nala
I’ve always wanted to be a Lioness. Rrow. Nala is such a kick ass Disney character. She can best Simba when they’re little, and again when they’re reunited. She could run the pride all by herself. They make it seem like it’s Simba who saves the Jungle, but really it’s Nala. If it weren’t for her, Simba would still be lounging around in the oasis with Timon and Pumba. And unlike Simba, she never ran from her problems.

1. Kalere Eld
Kalere is one of the main characters of the book Fae and I are writing. Kal is everything I wish I could be. And not just because she’s a gorgeous red headed fire mage. No, she’s passionate and tempermental and fiery. She’s brave and strong and overreacts to everything. You have to hate her and love her at the same time. She’s prone to thinking she’s the only one with issues, to making a big deal about little things and to making everyone fix her problems for her (especially Kris). She has a horrible temper and for a large portion of her life she’s downright bitchy. But she also loves more fiercely than anyone and would kill for any of the loves of her life - Kris, Tia, Essian and her seven children. Oh, and did I meantion she’s hot? Artwork by the incredibly talented Fae.

9 Comments

  • By Faebala, May 14, 2009 @ 12:04 am

    I am so proud of the nerdiness of the post, babe. And the Nala bit at the end cracked me up, and then I awwed to see Kal (although blushed to see my artwork posted here :P)

    Great post! You succeeded in entertaining me tonight. Hehe. Good job, bowling ball.

    P.S. Now that you have an XBOX, you should play the new Tombraider game… you’d probably like it!

  • By Sebastian, May 14, 2009 @ 10:36 am

    The new Tomb Raider’s great! I still need to pick it up, when I have the time to play it :)

    #1 doesn’t look ANYTHING like you!

    Glinda isn’t REALLY the good one! Elphaba is! Glinda’s just… a big ditz that doesn’t really know what she’s doing. She just floats around in her bubble and looking pretty.

    All of those books are written by girls…

  • By Pursuit of Matching Accessories, May 14, 2009 @ 10:42 am

    I love the Nala one. :D

  • By Jo, May 14, 2009 @ 11:41 am

    Hi Hezabelle! You have received an award on my blog!

  • By Faebala, May 14, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

    Speaking as Elphaba, I will say that I love my Glinda!

    And Glinda’s less ditzy in the book, and more understandable as to why she is the way she is…

    Speaking of which - I think I’ve officially decided my next tattoo will be a quote, or reference, to Wicked (the book). I just have to re-read it now to decide witch! (ha. ha. ha…. yes, that was on purpose)

  • By Faebala, May 14, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

    P.S. I told Sean about your post and how I want to do one now, and I asked him which 10 characters he would pick…. and his response?

    “Batman x10.”

    I should have see that one coming.

  • By Eleni, May 14, 2009 @ 5:16 pm

    It was fun reading about your choices!

    The assassin is awesome, though I always stuck with the sorceress. I liked to turn things to ice cubes with glacial spike. I didn’t have to get my hands dirty, and they’d melt away with no mess.

    I love G(a)linda! Yes, Kristin Chenoweth is awesome, and the “I couldn’t be happier” bit in “Thank Goodness” makes me tear up, too. I’d be Galinda so I could toss-toss my hair and make the guys come running!

    Nala does get shafted. I’m always bitter about the fact that, if she can best Simba in a fight, why did all the lionesses have to wait for Simba to come back to save them?

    I don’t know any of your red-headed fantasy book girls, but Amberle on my list is a cool red-head. And I almost chose Elayne Trakand over Egwene (both from the Wheel of Time series), and she’s another hot redhead.

    Eternal Sunshine is a great movie. And Clementine’s hair is great. I love Kate Winslet.

    Great list!

  • By Hezabelle, May 14, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

    Of course Kal doesn’t look anything like me, Seb. I wish!

    And G(a)linda ROCKS!

  • By Lisa, May 15, 2009 @ 9:32 am

    Galinda!! I loved her in Wicked last week! Amazing show! She was perfect in it and added the perfect comical twist at certain parts.

    Loved this list!

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