I must confess…my fictional bestie
I must confess, when I was younger I didn’t have too many friends.
Actually, there was a time where I had none at all in primary school. I remember one year, in particular, where I spent every lunch time by myself in the playground, playing with a stick I called Sid.
Yes, my creativity knew no bounds, even back then…
To compensate for my lack of real life friendships, I threw myself into reading and creating stories of my own. And even when I did eventually find connections with my classmates again, I still relied on my books to keep me company and act as my confidantes.
I loved escaping into another world, where I didn’t have to be ‘me’ for a while. And I often pretended to talk to my fictional besties, even going as far as roleplaying how we would interact beyond the bounds of the book.
I had many besties in that period, but the one that I felt closest too was Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice. She was smart, funny, opinionated, passionate, curious, discerning and honest. She was also flawed and felt completely real and human in a totally fictional way.
I have always loved the character of Elizabeth Bennet and I know she would be the person I would most love to meet in real life. She would be my first choice as fictional bestie.
…I don’t think we really could be friends.
Personality-wise, I think we’d get on like a house on fire. No problems with that.
However, there are a few impediments to our friendship that could complicate matters and threaten our BFF status even before it begins.
- I could not emulate Charlotte Lucas and marry Mr Collins – that would NEVER EVER happen. In the novel, Charlotte, Elizabeth’s best friend, marries Mr Collins after he offers to Lizzie and is ruthlessly rejected. Charlotte, feeling as if she will never receive another offer of her own, accepts his proposal. Which becomes a pivotal narrative tool and plot device as the book continues. But I could never have done that – not even for my fictional bestie Elizabeth Bennet.
- Lizzie’s mother and sisters would drive me batty – I don’t think I could spend much time with her family without going nuts. Her Dad rocks (he always reminded me of my own) and I would happily spend time with him and Lizzie’s elder and dearest sister, Jane. But there are so many times in the novel that I just want to reach through the pages and physically shake some sense into Mrs Bennet, Mary, Kitty & Lydia. I have a feeling that I would not be able to hide my feelings of thorough contempt for them, which could complicate any potential friendship with Lizzie.
- I would have to fight Lizzie for Mr Darcy – this is the big sticking point. I would not have been able to sit back and watch her rebuff him and then welcome his advances again. I would have had to have a go myself. He’s handsome, rich, proud, shy and a good man. I would like to think that I would have been able to see all this from the start. I would also like to think that I could have attracted him as Lizzie did (wishful thinking!). Nevertheless, I would have had to have a try, which would have meant the immediate end of my potential friendship with Elizabeth Bennet.
But all is not lost. There are other fictional characters that I could definitely be besties with, without the same complications. And I also have to mention some characters that I know I could NEVER be friends with too. Check out my video below for the low down on those fictional relationships…
What fictional character would you like to have as a friend? And more importantly, why?
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