If Gandalf isn’t the wisest character in the history of novels, then I don’t know who is. Okay, Atticus Finch might give him a run for his money.
I just love Gandalf. His wisdom, patience, his incredible display of force when needed, and his discernment of when to use said force.
He’s one of my favorite characters, and I think that’s because a lot of what he says ties in to my faith and personal beliefs.
This passage from The Fellowship of the Ring is a good example. He’s responding to Frodo, who questions why Gandalf didn’t kill Gollum when he had the opportunity. Read more
Ranking books is a fruitless exercise. It’s inherently subjective and people get pissed.
For example, I loathe Mrs. Dalloway. But when a Woolfite sees that I have Mrs. Dalloway ranked almost last in my rankings, I’m the equivalent of an abortion protestor screaming at the front door of a clinic. THESE DOCTORS MUST DIE!!!
I have an opinion. They have an opinion. We argue, everybody leaves angry, and nothing gets changed.
So, yeah, it’s kind of fruitless to rank books, but I do it anyway ‘cause it’s fun. But what about book characters? Can I rank them in some sort of sensible, somewhat objective way?
That’s doubtful too. But I’m going to try it today anyway.
And here’s how I’ll do it. I’ll ask myself the following question: Which fictional characters would I most (and maybe not so much) like to have a beer with? Then, I’ll rank accordingly.
You’ve been warned. And, please, don’t try and make any sense of this madness.
I think they have a point.
Twilight fans, chill out. It’s all in good fun.
Source: Write Drunk. Edit Sober.
This is brilliant–and entirely accurate. It makes me want to dive into Lord of the Rings this year.
(Via New York Daily News)
It’s Election Day! Which means you need to go vote if you live in the United States–that’s my public service announcement for the day.
And, so as not to offend my international audience, please insert “prime minister” or “king” or “emperor” in place of “president” in the title of today’s post if you would like.
With the presidential theme in mind, today’s post is simple: What characters from literature would make a good president or a bad president?
Obviously, a good president must be a strong leader–decisive, convicting, charismatic, articulate, and so on. He or she needs to be morally sound—although the definition of sound morals might vary.
So here’s who I propose would be excellent—and awful—presidential leaders: