As the title of this post reveals, what I am about to share has nothing to do with the boat accident whatsoever, as if you couldn’t tell. But it has everything to do with the blissful insanity of a bibliophile. Another amazing writer, Mirriam Neal (you can find her here: http://shieldmaidenthoughts.wordpress.com), talked today at her blog on the subject of smooshes. Smooshes are, by her creative definition:
the character whom one is attached to within a certain piece of fiction (i.e. book, movie, television series, or drama). This word represents both the character and the feeling – that is, the urge – to ‘smoosh’ said character (i.e. keep them safe, love them, write characters just like them, etc.).
She then proceeded to pose the question to her readers–who are some of your literary smooshes?
I think I’ve had far too many for good health, but then who ever said that imagination is a tame, mediocre thing? Exactly.
And to make my situation even more interesting, my literary loves are not confined to literature alone–I have so many historical loves as well, which is why this post could be rather long, if I did not choose to give an *ahem* abridged list.
My first real fictional . . . smoosh . . . was Mucius Marius Domitius from Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld. And yes, to me he was definitely THE One. The ONE.
Lafayette (when I was learning about the American Revolution)
George Washington (I admired/admire him hugely)
The abridged list of recent and current fictional/historical loves is as follows:
Meriwether Lewis (I have about ten books or more on Lewis and Clark)
Loki . . . (he’s just so TRAGIC)
Dr. John Warren from Lora Innes’ Revolutionary war serial, The Dreamer (Dr. Warren’s sarcasm and arrogance is strangely intriguing)
Erik (Susan Kay’s Phantom and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s underground maniac)
Mordecai from Tracy J. Butler’s Lackadaisy (because he is so ridiculous, I can’t help it)
Hilary Gordon (from L.M. Montgomery’s Pat of Silver Bush and Mistress Pat)