Thursday, October 11, 2007

This is a little weird . . .

My author friend, Josi Kilpack from What's a Sundial in the Shade tagged me for a fun game. It's what ten characters from literature would you make-out with if you were single? This is a little like a game I've tried to play with my husband in church. It's called, if you had to choose to marry someone in the ward because I died and their spouse died and these are the only people you could choose from game. But even though I tell my husband that I won't be mad or hurt, even if he chooses the obvious most beautiful, perfect woman in the ward, he still won't play with me, which is a pity, because sometimes you just want the time to go faster. I tell other people my husband won't play this really fun game and they almost always say the same thing, "smart man."
So this game is similar, sort of. I read Josi's post and she chose several of her leading male roles from her own books. She said this was cheating, but believe me, it's the only way because where else would you find the most ideal man for yourself than in a book you wrote? Now before I go any further you must know that I'm crazy about my husband--I mean look at him, photo on the right below. He's really cute, don't ya think? But the men in my books would be my first choice for this game. It's just a game after all.

Sam: He's from both of my published books. Shoot, I can't remember Sam's last name and I don't want to go look at my book to find out. Anyway Sam is the perfect male. He's a dark haired, handsome cowboy with manners and a great sense of humor. He's a little on the cocky side, but not too cocky to be lovable. He takes care of everyone around him, rides in rodeos, brand calves, kills the bad guys (well he would if we needed him to) and can kiss well enough to curl your toes (that is if Covenant allowed such kisses.)

Jack Heath: He doesn't make an appearance in my books until "False Pretenses." I love Jack because he's a little on the clueless male side. He means well, but he often falls short. However, he is sweet, tough, and in the end comes through. Oh and he can play a mean guitar. I'm a sucker for a guy with guitar.

Russ Rupert: He comes in the book I'm writing now which doesn't have a name. He's the polar opposite of me, and the female lead in the book. He's a redneck, gun-toting, conservative, well you get the idea, but he's romantic. He's 59 which is closer to the age of a guy I'd be making out with anyway. My own husband is 54.

Jim Chee: Jim is from Tony Hillerman's books and I'm totally in love with him. Jim lives in a trailer out in the middle of nowhere in Arizona. He smart enough to always figure out who the bad guys are, but has a sensitive side too. He loves his Navajo culture and studies to be a medicine man. He almost never gets the girl in the books, which make him vulnerable and attractive.

Sir Lancelot: I read "The Once and Future King" by T.H. White a long time ago and could totally have gotten into the affair thing with Sir Lancelot. I would have repented later though. :)

David Copperfeld: Not the magician, although he's plenty good looking. I'm really reaching here. I've read precious few books with strong male characters that I can remember the names of. I mean really, I can't even remember the name of my own characters, let alone from books I've read years ago, so this one stands out. You have to admit he was pretty great. Dickens came up with wonderful characters.

Otis Spofford: I would have to be in sixth grade or so. That's when I created the Otis Spofford club after Beverly Clearly's bad boy character. Otis did daring things. In my Otis Spofford club you had to sneak down to the basement of Cascade Elementary in Orem Utah, go through the janitor's room or secret chamber if you will and touch the other wall. This wasn't as easy as you would think because in order to do this you had to go in a hall that was off limits to sixth graders, past the kindergarten room, open a door that was certainly off limits and descend a flight of stairs. Man was it scary! I almost forgot about my hero Otis Spofford.

Homer Price: Ditto the above. The only thing I remember for sure is that Homer made a whole bunch of donuts with his incredible donut machine. Who wouldn't want to make out with a boy who had a stack of donuts nearby.

In Annette Lyon's "House on the the Hill" she had a character, his name was Abe. He's not the guy that the lead ended up marrying, but I was rooting for him none the less. I believe she follows him up in one of her later books. I really could've gone for him.

Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables. He was so devoted eventually. Who wouldn't want a man like him in their life?

I'm going to tag Annette Lyon at Lyon's Tale, and Janet Jensen who may not see this for a while, but it will be fun when she gets back. Also Candace Salima.


Annette Lyon said...

I never expected to see one of my characters in such a list, but you know, Abe is one of my favorite guys ever, too!

Tamra Norton said...

Fun list, Carole. And I agree with everyone else--you're hubby is smart not to play that game in church...or anywhere. :)

I was thinking Abe, also, for Annette's character. He was such a my imagination!

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Oh, thanks a lot! That's going to take some time!

Ajoy said...

Ooooo la la :)

Davis Bigelow said...

Hi Carole,
You sound like a fun person to be around! Smart husband too - you did choose well. As for me, I don't think much of guys, being a guy myself, but I was impressed with one from your list: Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables. He truly was the epitome of patience and unconditional love. A man's man in the circles of romance! I think perhaps every man could learn something from lowly Gilbert Bly.

Josi said...

very fun :-) Sorry it took me so long to comment on it--BTW, I tagged you again :-) I just really like the answers you give