Which fictional character did you secretly admire during your childhood days?

@veejay19 (3592)
India
November 25, 2010 1:31am CST
When i was young the society was very conservative and oldfasioned.anybody who tried to do something out of the ordinary was looked upon with suspicion and derision.In such a scenario my admiration grew for a character who did not conform to the social zone.I was an avid reader and used to read all kinds of books,therefore many types of characters floated in front of me.However the one whom i grew very fond of was the lovable vagabond from Mark Twains Tom Sawyer and he was Huckleberry Finn. The young tramp who refused to conform to the society during those days in the south of America when the blcks were treated like slaves and made to work in the cotton fields by their white masters. the heartwarming story of this motherless young boy who escaped from his drunken, thieving and murderous father at once gripped my heart. I loved his love for the free life,living and sleeping under the starry nights though he had to suffer the bitter winters.However his friend, the rich Tom Sawyer and his faithful sidekick Jim, the black slave were drawn to the rebellious Huckleberry and hisfree ways. Mark Twains description of the Missisippy river and the people of the town on its banks stole my heart. I used to visualize myself as the vagabond Huckleberry Finn and dream of the life he lived.Who was your favourite character? Share it.
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
2 Dec 10
I've always had fond memories of William of the Just William books by Richmal Crompton. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_William I really identified with this young fellow; always grubby, always dreaming, always impractical, always in trouble. I understood his trials thoroughly and was given many chuckles at what I considered his cheeky pursuits that went horribly wrong. While I didn't have to endure aunts, I did have siblings to answer to and my mother was NOT sympathetic to my plight ...ever. I think that's why I chose to lose myself entirely in these stories.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
3 Dec 10
Yes, William Brown was also one of my fav characters.The always grubby, mischievous character and his gang comprising of Ginger and the other boys and his dog and all their escapades, his vain elder sister, elder brother Robert and all their boyfriends and girlfriends, his silly yet doting mother,his non-interfering father and the period of World War II in which the books were written and the lazy afternoons of the English countryside made for excellent vacation time reading.Just William, William the Conqueror and the other books,infact my dad bought me the entire series of books in their hard bound red color cover.I had those books for a long time but all of them have vanished from my collection,unfortunately.
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
3 Dec 10
Fancy us having William in common. How delightful? I always borrowed mine from the library but later in my adult life I worked in bookshops and was able to get about 4 in the red hard cover. I still have them I think. I probably read maybe 10, certainly not 39. Lucky you.
@celticeagle (117155)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Nov 10
I think Blue in To Kill a Mockingbird would be my favorite character. I can remember how he struck me the first time I saw him on the screen. He befriended, helped and loved the children in this story. If you haven't read it it is a marvelous story with many layers.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
3 Dec 10
I haven`t read the book but saw the movie, starring Gregory Peck and it was a fabulous movie and it was in black and white too.I can`t recollect the character Blue though as i had seen the film in the late 50`s.
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@celticeagle (117155)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Dec 10
Yes, I think it was a fabulous movie. And as is usually the case the book is more indepth about the characters and more insightful about Blue. I think books are always more interesting if you want to know about the characters and more about the storylines.
• India
26 Nov 10
I too had a great admiration of a fictional character and he’s from Bengali literature, my mother tongue. He’s Indranath from Saratchandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Srikanta. The novel Srikanta is supposed to be autobiographical in nature, about the author’s childhood and his friend, philosopher and guide, the adventurous Indranath. Indranath would take Srikanta with him on wild trips on his small boat at night, to rob fish from fishing boats, (more for the daring of it), to desolate mud islands on the river bed where they spent idyllic days doing nothing, to lonely hamlets inhabited by few people…Indranath could do just anything and Srikanta was always his faithful companion and in awe of him. Since childhood, I’ve always had a tomboyish streak in me (though never encouraged by my mom) and I secretly wished that I could be Indranath or even Srikanta (LOL…just to be part of the expeditions and experiences).
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
26 Nov 10
hi Su, how are you? I don`t know much about Bengali characters so i am blank here.However there was a detective series on TV'Byomkesh Bakshi' which was quite popular.Rajat Kapoor had played the title role and it was quite similar to Sherlock Holmes.
• India
1 Dec 10
I’m just fine, thanx…been here after a long time! Yes, Byomkesh Bokshi is another very popular Bengali detective character…I love all his cases, have his entire collection at home…he’s good read again and again during leisure.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
28 Nov 10
My fictional character that I admired growing up had to be Nancy Drew. I use to get the Nancy Drew mystery books and just loved the things that she would get caught up in. It was both exciting and scary all at the same time. I use to actually imagine myself dealing with her problems in trying to solve a case. Its really great reading for a teenage girl.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
29 Nov 10
Yes, we do get involved in the characters that we have seen in our childhood.It was fun,wasn`t it?Thanks a lot.lol.
@shibham (17025)
• India
27 Nov 10
Hi veejay... My father subscribed a regional magazine called "prantik". There was a comic as "captain Bikram" of one page. All the activities of Bikram was thrilling or you may say detective. I liked it very much. I don't know is this comic was available on other states of india or not? But i admired Bikram at that time. Have a nice day.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
3 Dec 10
No,i haven`t heard about this magazine or Bikram.during my younger days i used to read only in the English language.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
26 Nov 10
I loved Jo from Little Women. I read the book many years ago and forgotten a lot of it but I do recall Jo’s strength and sense of responsibility. She seemed to have a maturity and certain wisdom about her. She didn’t care for the vanities of life and avoided ‘sweating the small stuff’ and the sacrifices she made for the love she had for her family were admirable.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
26 Nov 10
My mom was a had read Little Women during her younger days and she would talk about the book.Being a male i did not take too much to girls stories so i did not read it.I have only read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen which i liked very much and of course my favourite character was Elizabeth.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
25 Nov 10
...Hi there veejay, Hope that all is well with you. I loved the story of Cinderella. How her stepsisters treated her so badly and in the end she was choaen to be lifted up to high places and taken away to better things. I loved the coach and all the splendor. I think I read it over and over again. I loved Disney movies as well. Mark Twain was a great writer and wrote very interesting tales revolving around the Mississippi River and that area of the country. I guess my favorite character was their young black friend whose name I cannot remembeer. "o) Good discussion. Take care.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
3 Dec 10
Hi artistry, how are you,my good friend? The young black slave friend of Tom Sawyer was called Jim in the book.I had also seen the first movie in which Jim`s character was played by a well known World heavyweight boxin champ, can``t remember his name,Sonny Liston,maybe,maybe not.I also liked Cinderella.
@creyos (276)
• Indonesia
25 Nov 10
Hi Veejay, I had lots of fictional characters during my childhood, maybe of my imaginations. The fictional character here that you're talking about I think is more comical character. I had both comic and human characters that I admired so much. For human character, I admired MacGyver who starring Richard Dean Anderson. I really imagined that I could create a useful thing from the material that I saw in my daily life. Then for comic character, I admired a lot of characters. I like Richie Rich, my dream until now to be as rich as him LoL. And last time in my country, there's a famous Japanese manga book called Candy Candy, so I admired this Candy character as well as the handsome boy as the spouse of her, named Anthony. As I really admired the character, I always thought and imagine all peoples named Anthony is a handsome boy and dreaming that I could meet this Anthony in real life. *what a silly thought!
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
3 Dec 10
No creyos, Huckleberry Finn is not a comic character.He is a poor and homeless motherless boy who lives like a vagabond and having a father who is a drunkard, a criminal,a murderer,who the boy is terrified of as he always asks for money and beats him up.Huckleberry befriends Tom Sawyer, a rich and cultured young boy who lives in a strict and conservative family.You should read the book, Tom Sawyers Cabin by Mark Twain as it is a classic and written in the early 20th century.I am sure you will enjoy it.
• Philippines
25 Nov 10
I used to admire dexter in the dexter's laboratory...I loved drawing a look a like of his lab for I was so intrigued of being able to invent, my cousin and I even went as far as boiling herb and concocting medicines as we called it, and mixing watercolors in vials...LOL
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
3 Dec 10
Thanks and have a good day my friend.
• Philippines
25 Nov 10
I used to admire Tom Sawyer. His stories tell of adventures and the courage and bravery that comes with it. As a kid, I wanted to be like him and start an adventure of my own and my mom would always get angry at me for going to different places she never have expected me to go.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
3 Dec 10
Tom Sawyers Cabin was the book written by Mark Twain in which Huckleberry Finn was one of the main characters.In the book both the boys were great friends with the wealthy Tom envying his friend Huck`s carefree and unbounded existence.
• United States
26 Nov 10
As a little girl I didn't go for anyone out of the ordinary, it was in my teens that I got to know and like gangsters. But not fictional ones but the Real ones!the first set of wise guys, the ones from the 30's and 40's. They have rules but not they didn't follow anybody else's.