I found a juicy question for this morning for book lovers. Though it ended up being a bit more complicated than I thought it would be…
If you could live the life of any fictional character, which character would it be?
I skipped over the first character that came to mind and pondered instead on Anne Elliot from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I love that book and have read it a good seven or eight times. With my birth place in my family I really identify with the crap she had to put up with. But what I love about the book is that in the end she came into her own.
Be that as it may, I finally settled on my first choice, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I thought at first I might have chosen her character for sentimental reasons. Her growing up years in a small town, her wise father, her close relationship with her brother… But I had to factor in something else.
I just read (though I swore I wouldn’t) Go Set a Watchman, Lee’s book that was published a couple years ago. Truth be told, I didn’t particularly warm up to it. I found it boring and slow — until the last 50 pages or so when the focus of the book became far more apparent.
The book portrays a 26-year-old Scout coming back home from New York where she has to think through what she learned as a child in Maycomb. She is shocked at how her town and the people she loves has changed. Her immersion in the civil unrest that was going on took her from that idyllic little girl to a very complicated woman. I read those last 50 pages and ended up with a lot of questions. I can’t help wondering what I would have learned from Scout’s life…
How about you? Is there a fictional character in whose shoes you would have liked to walk?