The Five Fictional Characters I'd Most Want To Be! How About You?

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Of course I'm perfectly happy being the fictional character known as myself.

But if I could dig into the vaults of literature and find someone even better, here's who I'd choose to switch costumes and time periods with:

(5) Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest

A vengeful wizard full of sound and fury, this persona always appealed to me, warts and all. Plus you get to constantly spout all kinds of amazing verse that falls trippingly from the right tongue. And it's been played by a woman (Helen Mirren), so there's no gender boundary on it whatsoever.

(4) Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Sure, she's fat, blowsy, and pathetic, but she has fun with it, tossing off all kinds of withering bon mots while decimating her poor, pasty-faced husband. ("Hey, swampy!") I'd love to say her dialogue all day even if deep down she's a haunted, hollow, fraudulent soul. She's a genius!

(3) Miss Havisham in Great Expectations

Ditto! Sure, the old hag is bursting with regrets and cobwebs, but as long as you have regrets anyway, why not go whole hog and become totally entrapped by them? And she does have a gorgeous old outfit to wear and some rotting piece of cake left over from decades ago. She's got it all!

(2) Helen Lawson from Valley of the Dolls

The woman has down-to-the-gut class. She's a barracuda. And she knows that there's only one star in a Helen Lawson show and that's Helen Lawson and that's her, baby, remember? God, I would love to spout her shit and wear that scarf around my head and dodge that mobile and be based on Ethel Merman!

(1) Eloise

I'm dying to be a little girl who lives at the Plaza! And be a total lovable brat who gets whatever she wants! Eloise is the most admirable fictional character ever written -- even more so than Helen Lawson.

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Margot Channing (All About Eve):  With humor, talent, and guts she finally figured out what she really wanted and got it. 

Mary Haines (The Women): For having the patience and fortitude to wait and the smarts to win back her husband--and do it stylishly!

Pip (Great Expectations as well!): Realized that the ultimate honesty and goodness of Joe and Biddy was better than all the rest.

Rita Phipps (Ann Southern in A Letter to Three Wives): Classy, successful, droll, had a beautiful house, and got to sleep with gorgeous Kirk Douglas!

Carlotta Vance (Dinner at Eight): What a woman! To be able to deliver those lines! "Ducky!" and "We must get together sometime and discuss the Civil War...."


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Sorry, there's only one person switching personas with Helen Lawson and that's me, baby, remember?


LOL! Love this!!!


 sorry! read it wrong. to meet i thought it said. be!never mind.

be! okay!

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