Okay, let me be honest here. Every time I watch a movie/TV show or read a book, somehow the main character dwarfs itself into some part of my personality. But I actually think that’s a pretty valid thing to say though, right? I mean, every time I encounter a new story and it’s characters it becomes a part of my brain, changing in even the tiniest of way I make jokes, how I talk, think, see, look, because when you meet a new character through whatever form of medium (that includes in real life…real human beings are characters too living their own story/book). For example, every time I watch Star Wars, I make a number of attempts at Chewbacca’s groans/yells, because they’re rad. But I also go a tad bit more hippie than usual, or a tad bit more pretentious than one can stand, or nicer, funnier, wittier, stupider, wickeder; but I always find that within the hour I’m back to my old self again, and it feels nice. But I never forget those characters, at least the characters that really made a positive influential impact on me. Like Voldemort…..I’m kidding.
Anyways, there are characters that I can’t help but marvel at because they are so similar to my strange, strange brain, at least in some ways.
Okay, seriously this time, let’s begin:
1. Kevin Arnold (the kid in the middle) -The Wonder Years
Watching this show, I was basically watching my teenage life pan out in front of me, but in this instance, through the eyes of a male teenage boy called Kevin Arnold; the show is actually narrated by an older future Kevin Arnold. Although, as I watched this show, I couldn’t help but be amazed at how similar the confusing, mind-blowing, contradicting thoughts both Kevin and I had. We’re both really lost, we both have experienced liking another human being, which is the worst, we both have this problem with indecision and not knowing what to do or say, and are just a plain mixed bowl of confusion and mediocrity. But he honestly taught me how to be a better person, because Kevin Arnold was kind of a butt; even though he always knew what was right, the thing is most of the time he did went with the humanely right decision, and then sometimes he just did the wrong thing. The stupid, mean, wrong decision: falling into peer pressure, and as much as we don’t like to admit it, most of us do. Kevin and I have a few differences, for example I’m not as much of a a-hole, I’m not as popular, I’m more quiet, less bold, weirder, wackier, but were both really passionate; we both hold a lot inside of our hearts and minds that were too afraid to say, we both marvel at the concept of love, like our parents, our brothers and sisters. We think about their pain,how we’re making them happy, or making them sad. We’re selfish, but we realize it and feel really bad, and hopefully, fix it. Kevin showed me that we really are a douchey teenage human race, but we can also be really kind, and empathetic, and powerful. I can relate a lot to Paul Pffeifer too, his stereotypical nerdy and ambitious best friend. Unlike Kevin, Paul is really ambitious and hard working, not dreaming, but knowing that he wants to change the world, as scary as that is. The thing about these characters is that they change a lot through their teenage years. I mean, the show shows us Kevin Arnold, Paul Pffeifer and Winnie Cooper from 7th grade to the end of 11th grade. Sometimes there sluts, sometimes they’re really smart, sometimes they’re sad or happy, or just really bold. They’re completely different people by the end of it, who went through exactly what I’m going through, my own “Wonder Years”.
(Sorry, that was too necessarily long, but I couldn’t help it. I have so much more to say about this show. Too much)
2. Olivia Whitehead- Lemonade Mouth
I would say I’m most like Olivia than any other character on this list, mainly because she’s one of the only extremely shy, scared, weird/awkward female characters I have ever met in a story, and I really love her. I’m definitely not as kind as her, even though I wish I could be, but we’re both really shy people socially, we both love writing and music, and we are pretty awkward human beings, and yeah, maybe our voices/hands tremble a bit whenever we have to public performances/presentation in front of people that are judging you, because they are. I haven’t read this book in a while so I hope I’m getting her character right….
3. TINA BELCHER-Bob’s Burger’s
I think Tina is my brain. Seriously. And also every inner teenage girl that tries to stupidly hide their Tina away, because Tina is female Jesus. Everyone needs to know Tina, because if not, you just need to know. I wish I was more like Tina.
Other really possible contenders that I’ll just list because this blog is getting too long:
1. Julia-The Age of Miracles
2. Ted Mosby/Robin Scherbatsky-How I Met Your Mother (It’s a mix in between)
3. Me-The Weirdy Station (We’re basically the same person…)
OK. I’m done. This one was a really fun topic. Mostly because I got to put a Tina Belcher GIF in my blog, but mainly because TCWT’s topics are always pretty interesting.
Well, check out everyone else’s rad blogs participating in this month’s TCWT:
August 2014 blog chain prompt/schedule:
Prompt: “What characters are you most like?”
12th – http://miriamjoywrites.com/
and http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)