2014, the year of ups and downs. Please forgive my being late to post this, but I feel that my year of books would not be wrapped up properly without posting Book Kaleidoscope. However, from the 5 categories provided by Fanda Classiclit, this time I only take 2, one of them is:
I only came up with 3 characters for this category, and they are:
Theodore “Laurie” Laurence from Little Women
Laurie is March girls’ next door neighbor, a wealthy boy who is often bored, bad-tempered, and like other normal boys, prone to do some mischief. At first he’s shy, but with time he became good friends with the March girls, especially with Jo. The story of March girls becomes even more colorful with Laurie in the picture. And, if one wants to see a silly Christian Bale for a change, one only needs to watch the 1994 adaptation of Little Women.
Alec McGrath from The Penderwicks at Point Mouette
Skye, Jane, Batty, and Jeffrey meet Alec on their summer vacation at Point Mouette in Maine. He owns the house right next to the one the Penderwick girls and Jeffrey are staying at. Alec is described as a friendly single man who also happens to be a musician. Jeffrey grew to admire him because they share the same interest in music. In the book, Alec is a crucial part of a major turn of event, and it was heartwarming to see how he handles himself and take care of things and people afterwards. I can’t spoil this important part though; you have to read it yourself!
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette is the third book of The Penderwicks series, none of the books have been adapted into films yet. I took time to think who would best portray Alec; he should be 40 ish, good looking but not too handsome, someone who people would like to be friends with after they see him the first time. John Cusack, perhaps?
Edward Fairfax Rochester from Jane Eyre
Mr. Rochester is not handsome, he is twice Jane’s age, eccentric, rude and abrupt, almost violent sometimes. He also keeps a horrible secret and is constantly haunted by the past. In short, he is far from the Darcy-ish perfection. But he is also strong, witty, and passionate; these traits make him and Jane a perfect couple. I actually enjoy their long conversations, and I think that their dynamic is the heart of the book. I’m a proud member of Team Edward. Rochester, not Cullen.
I agree with most people that Toby Stephens played the best Mr. Rochester so far, but this guy below was not so bad at all.