August TCWT Chain

First of all Rosalie obeys the rules.

The picture:


The Skedder: I notice Liam is missing for the first time in a long time.

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7th – – You are here.

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10th – – Yay! Iris!

11th – – Yay! Brooke!

12th – – Yay! Miriam!

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14th – – Yay! Erinnn!

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17th – – Yay! Unikke!

18th – – Wow, German?!

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20th –  – Yay! Tara!

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and (We hope John ’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)

The Prompt:

“What characters are you most like?” 

Once again, you have a lot of freedom with this topic. While the character(s) you choose should hopefully come from a published work, it can be from pretty much any type; book, movie, musical, short story, poem, etc. characters are all fair game.

The Spiel:

Wow. Um… my stuff’s mostly published? If here counts… which it probably doesn’t. So let’s see what we can do with what we’ve got. I don’t know so much about what I’m really like – Marcus Aurelius would disapprove of me, then – but I know what I would like to be like. In those what-job-are-you-suited-for tests I always come up with dumb stuff like Brewer or Security Agent when I really love inorganic chemistry and logistics (Edit: I do not love inorganic chemistry – 2018 Rosalie who has actually seriously studied it now), but I know a good role model when I see one. So this post will mostly be concerned with role models and characters I admire.

Dr. Elwin Ransom: I would love to be like him. He is courageous, and a fighter, and will attempt the impossible because it is necessary (read Perelandra). Wise and patient and willing to wait, and wait, and wait, in a dangerous place, for the moment he can act, which waiting takes more courage than the actual action (read That Hideous Strength). Capable of admitting he’s wrong and making the best of a terrible situation (read Out of the Silent Planet). He is also like King Arthur and King Solomon together – “the bright solar blend of priest, magician and ruler.” Now, I Googled Images for Dr. Ransom, and, I swear, this was the first off the rank:


Which was, I dunno, kind of a shock? Actually it was a Fools’ Day joke some guys put together, but flip, that would be exquisite casting for Silent Planet or Hideous Strength. Might want a rethink for Perelandra though… not a good mental image…

Jean Valjean: Kind and loving, utterly unselfish, patient, wise, skilled – seriously, if I ever have kids I’m taking his example on how to deal with them. I adore Jean Valjean. Despite what I say about Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, who are both totally incredible in their own ways, I think Valjean is the ideal fictional hero absolutely of all time. Bar none I have yet encountered. This guy played it best:


Probably he’s not like that in real life (dude played Kinsey. Ew) but he played Valjean pretty kriffing well, really captured the character from the novels. Which, despite his fantastic singing voice and acting, Hugh Jackman failed in.

Virgil Tracy: Hey, you said movies were fair game. And no I do not mean the guy from the 2004 movie. That sucked. I mean this guy:


He’s forever getting pranks played on him, and never hits back, and he’s always there for the rest of the team just when they need him. Add to that: clever and artistic, and flies a massive jet-plane without getting flustered, and… umm… he’s kind of good-looking? I had a crush on Virgil when I was about ten.

MacGyver: Sorry, I’ll get to girl role models soon. Mac… well. What can I say? I’ll pull clever again, with the Swiss Army Knife and the MacGyverisms, and I’ll pull kind again. Morally… perhaps not so much as could be desired in some areas. But on the whole, Mac is the kind of guy I would trust implicitly.

Mac Mac2

I had so much fun looking for just the right picture. Couldn’t do it in the end, so I had to pick two.

Skeeter Phelan: Girl role models are really, really hard to find, you guys! Skeeter does something hugely dangerous – “Cut his tongue out!? I thought they just burned houses nowadays… no?” because it was the right thing to do.


That takes guts. Writing a book like that takes brains. Turning down a vastly desirable suitor because he wants her to follow his rules instead of her conscience takes fortitude. And I’m going from the book, not the film.

Padmé Naberrie Amidala: Yeah. Well. I mean, apart from the bits about lying to Obi-Wan and marrying Anakin and letting Jar Jar vote emergency powers for the Chancellor and… maybe she’s not so great after all.


That guy behind her? Yes. That’s the main problem. Now I give up on heroines and being non-gender-discriminatory because the girls are tragically thin on the ground, and I can get away with it because I’m a girl myself, and go back to what I was actually doing which is role models.

Qui-Gon Jinn: Well. Anybody who’s read the Jedi Apprentice Series and watched the Phantom Menace need go no farther.


For the express benefit of VJ Duke, however… Incidentally, that picture looks suspiciously Melida/Daan caverns to me. Which would be my first point. After Melida/Daan! There’s a good example if ever I saw one. Yes, you have made a mistake. Yes, you learned from it. Yes, it is remedied now. Yes, the topic is closed as if it had never been. Which is forgiveness in a nutshell. And Tahl. Dear Tahl. What a mess that was. How much I loved him for how he reacted to that.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Can’t mention the Master without mentioning the Padawan. Took me an age to find a photo of him smiling, though.


Actually… what I think of Obi-Wan is best detailed in this post. And this one. And this one. Nasriel and Rasla and I have similar ideas.

I think I’m going to have to leave it at that, though these are not by any  means all the characters I consider worth emulating, or I consider have had a positive impact on my life. Because I write to them all in turns, by way of a journal, and at least some of my mail should be private.

Thanks for reading.

MTFBWY. Even you, Veej.


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49 Responses to August TCWT Chain

  1. Well….dadblameit! The force is strong with me!


  2. Heather says:

    Jean Valjean is definitely one of the greatest heroes written–and I enjoyed Liam Neeson’s portrayal very much in his movie.

    I had trouble finding similar female characters too, but I think Skeeter and Padme are good role models. They do brave deeds, and even though one is in the United States and the other is from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, you can both learn and admire their examples.


  3. ROSALIE! HELP! I am totally freaked out. Y’see, a few weeks ago we got a new stove, and today I was making tea, and I accidentally spilled a drop of the boiling hot water on the hot stove, and it just gathered itself up and floated or rolled across the stovetop as if it were nothing and it didn’t flatten out and stay there and it just rolled around until it evaporated! I have never seen anything like that happen before!!!!
    As to Doctor Ransom… are you freaking serious?! You googled the character and found who?! From whose twisted imagination did that dream cast come!?!


    • Electric stove? Yep. I used to do that on purpose a lot. Basically the water’s boiling, which means it has a whole lot of kinetic energy to play with, so it wriggles around to use some of that up on the way to evaporation. And adding heat to water reduces the adhesive force and increases the cohesive force – basically it wants to stay together more than it wants to stick to the stove. I love chemistry.
      And yes. I’m serious. I was so over the moon! I mean. That would be one-hundred-percent unholy-freaking-awepic! I don’t know whose imagination, but if I ever meet xir…


  4. Regarding the casting choice for you-know-who as Dr. Ransom: The main problem is that he looks so ridiculously young. Well, older with the beard, but still. (Honestly, I have no idea how old the actor is now. It’s strange.)


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  6. Hmm. That pic looks like how I picture Ransom.

    Jean Valjean is an amazing man!


  7. John Hansen says:

    Skeeter! Skeeter is the coolest! And these Star Wars characters are making me want to rewatch the early movies in time for the new one. I only saw them when I was a kid, before I could fully appreciate them, and being a total book/movie nerd, I have a feeling I will like them a lot on the second time.

    Also – I totally will try to get the post up! Ha! I’m the worst at blog posting. 🙂


  8. Rereading this post for no good reason… except it has Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan in it… Obi-Wan smacks me over the top of the head with a rolled-up newspaper
    Sorry. Obi-Wan and I are currently in a bit of a feud shouts over shoulder HEY! I said I was sorry! And at least I told the fangirls that there would be no drooling on my blog!!!
    What did I want to say, again… Oh, right. I’ve missed you a lot, and there’s nothing wrong with being in security, since you’d be completely awesome with it. 🙂


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