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MrVisible
08-29-2001, 11:28 AM
For me, it would be Chris Stevens from Northern Exposure. The DJ, with a degree from the Church of Universal Life and the philosophical outlook. I'd take the whole thing; the trailer, the cold, the motorcycle, the metal sculpture, the radio show. Especially the radio show.

I'd give up my whole life right now for a low-paying job in the middle of nowhere, if the local cultural scene was sophisticated enough to support that kind of radio.

Is there a character out there whose life you envy? Someone who, even though you might not want to be them, you'd step into their life in a heartbeat?

pezpunk
08-29-2001, 12:37 PM
Dirk Digler

Odesio
08-29-2001, 12:42 PM
Originally posted by MrVisible


I'd give up my whole life right now for a low-paying job in the middle of nowhere, if the local cultural scene was sophisticated enough to support that kind of radio.


Well in his case I think he had a captive audience. I don't think there were many radio stations in the area so he was pretty much the only game in town.


Is there a character out there whose life you envy? Someone who, even though you might not want to be them, you'd step into their life in a heartbeat?

Hmmm...there's so many choices. Conan the Barbarian. He's got the killer body, he kicks ass, and the chicks dig him.

Marc

Ethilrist
08-29-2001, 12:43 PM
Superman.

Maeglin
08-29-2001, 12:59 PM
I've got to say I would become Severian from the Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe any day.

He's a torturer and he gets to wear a badass black cloak.
He has an eidetic memory.
His sword. It's amazing.
Beautiful women adore him, and he enjoys their company liberally.
He becomes the Autarch.
Oh, and he is a fabulous writer with an astoundingly deep mental life.

Does it for me.

dropzone
08-29-2001, 01:05 PM
Johnny Wadd seemed to have a pretty good life until he got sick.

lucie
08-29-2001, 03:44 PM
I'm torn between Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. Granny's much more powerful, but Nanny Ogg has so much more fun.

dalovindj
08-29-2001, 04:00 PM
Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap. I'd fuck a bunch of evil leapers up, and then leap to make sure that they never made Die Hard Two.

"How can the same fuckin' shit happen to the same fuckin' guy twice?" - Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2

Answer: Bad Writing.

DaLovin Dj

stolichnaya
08-29-2001, 05:31 PM
I've always fancied Crowley from Good Omens. He's bad, he's stylish, he's inventive, and he's really a softie at heart. Plus he's a demon.

dj, you remind me of another character I love: John McClane.

sexybookworm
08-29-2001, 07:40 PM
ged from the earthsea serise(sp) by ersula le guin.

ThisYearsGirl
08-29-2001, 08:12 PM
Originally posted by MrVisible
For me, it would be Chris Stevens from Northern Exposure. The DJ, with a degree from the Church of Universal Life and the philosophical outlook. I'd take the whole thing; the trailer, the cold, the motorcycle, the metal sculpture, the radio show. Especially the radio show.


Would you take the time he spent in prison, too?

I read this pretty terrible book awhile ago, called The One Who Walked Alone by Novalyne Price, about her relationship with Robert Howard, the pulp fiction writer. It was pretty badly written, and boring, but I was so jealous of Ms. Price--that relationship was so awesome. I know she's not fictional, 'cause the book is a memoir, but I still want to be her.
I also wanted to be Justine in Anne Tyler's Searching for Caleb. Yes, she married her cousin, but she loved him, and he loved her. Plus, she was a fortune teller, and she was so non-fictional. She seemed like an annoying, brilliant, normal, clever, naive, jaded, and everything else that goes along with being a real person person.

MrVisible
08-29-2001, 08:20 PM
Originally posted by ThisYearsGirl
Would you take the time he spent in prison, too?

Nope. I just want to walk into his life, as it was in the series. I think I could do pretty well at it.

I don't want to be Chris Stevens; I just want his life.

Laughing Lagomorph
08-29-2001, 08:37 PM
Han Solo.

No responsibilities (except making sure you were stocked up on "Wookie Chow") and a cool spaceship. I'll take a pass on that carbamite (sp?) thing, though.

Kwyjibo
08-29-2001, 08:40 PM
Batman.

(Hey, he's rich, has a huge house, and has a cool car. ;) )

Creaky
08-30-2001, 12:24 AM
I always thought it would be awesome to be "That Girl" as portrayed by Marlo Thomas, or Mary Richards from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". Cool apartment, independent but not wanting for male company, and a snazzy, exciting job.

Before I discovered guys, I wanted to be Sister Bertrille from "The Flying Nun". I mean, who wouldn't want to fly, even if it did mean having a curfew? (And I always thought she accessorized really well with those rosary beads.)

Cougarfang
08-30-2001, 08:09 AM
Originally posted by Laughing Lagomorph
I'll take a pass on that carbamite (sp?) thing, though.
carbonite.

i want to be Ayla, from the earth's children series. not much reason for that, except i like messing with fire and i'd love a cave lion for a friend... and Jondalar sounds like a dream boyfriend ;)

Fiver
08-30-2001, 12:12 PM
Just now reading the Lord of the Rings thread I remember how much I envied Merry and Pippin. All the other characters had the weight of the world on their shoulders, but these two were just out for the adventure and having the time of their lives.

They took Ent-drinks which made them the most studly hobbits ever; Merry got to kill the King of the Nazgul, and when it was all over and they went back to the Shire they had great war-stories and all the hobbit-girls swooned over them.

I pick Merry. I'd want to be Merry.

Survey1215
08-30-2001, 12:48 PM
Intellectually, Doc from Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday. The life he leads always has me envious when I read those books.

Machismo-wise, it would have to be Dirk Pitt from the Clive Cussler novels. I'd be able to fly, drive or fix anything, be an expert swimmer, climber, skier, diver, beat up anyone (regardless of the fighting skill or size of my opponent), have a trusty Italian sidekick, have a buttload of classic automobiles, more guns then you can shake a stick at, and have tons of ladies marvel at my "aqualine green eyes" (tm Clive Cussler).

Beadalin
08-30-2001, 01:02 PM
Anne of Green Gables.


Barring that, Buffy.

darian00
08-31-2001, 10:05 PM
Elyas Machera from Wheel of Time. Talks to wolves, very independent, and can kick major ass!

Purd Werfect
08-31-2001, 10:10 PM
Steve from The Tao Of Steve.

And if we're allowed to pick a non-fictional character - Pablo Picasso. Everything I've heard about him just suggests he had a voracious appetite for life.

Daboman
06-08-2005, 05:21 PM
Roland the gunslinger. He kicks ass and can kick anyone elses too

Don Draper
06-08-2005, 05:30 PM
Inspired by this (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=320097) thread, how about a list of the best TV sidekick characters?

Ethel Mertz - "I Love Lucy"
Ed Norton - "the Honeymooners"
Maynard G. Krebbs - "the Many Loves of Dobie Gillis"
Robin / Dick Grayson - "Batman"
Emma Peel - "the Avengers"
Agent 99 - "Get Smart"
Dr. Julia Hoffman - "Dark Shadows"
Rhoda Morgenstern - "the Mary Tyler Moore Show"
Tattoo - "Fantasy Island"
Bosley - "Charlie's Angels"

Don Draper
06-08-2005, 05:32 PM
HUH?? :eek:

How'd that happen? I meant to start a whole new thread, but my post got added onto the end of this thread.

MODERATER - HELP!!

Menocchio
06-08-2005, 05:32 PM
Most of these people go through major peril and tribilations. My choice, even if I could be Superman, I'd be Archie.

Archie Andrews.

The biggest problem in that guy's life is deciding who he'd rather shag this weekend: Betty, Veronica, or, for a change of pace, Cheryl Blossom.

The Mad Hermit
06-08-2005, 05:38 PM
I'd be Zack Allen from Babylon 5.

He gets the ringside seat at the most thrilling war in human history, and ultimately ends up
as special assistant to the Centauri Emperor Kotto.

pinkfreud
06-08-2005, 05:44 PM
I'd like to be Buttercup, from The Princess Bride.

Life would be exciting, I would have perfect breasts, and I would get a happy ending, but just barely.

Queen Bruin
06-08-2005, 06:00 PM
I want to be Goldberry. I'd get to frolick in the river, get all kinds of nifty water plants, live in a groovy house, and Eru willing, I'd know the mystery behind my fictional husband. . .

kaylasdad99
06-08-2005, 06:02 PM
HUH?? :eek:

How'd that happen? I meant to start a whole new thread, but my post got added onto the end of this thread.

MODERATER - HELP!!I don't think your TV sidekicks spinoff is getting much traction here. You might think about doing a C&P and attempting to start the thread again.

P.S.

Patrick Star, Spongebob Squarepants
Carl, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
06-08-2005, 06:07 PM
Ron Stoppable has a cool date for the Prom.

And Fry, from Futurama, lives in a cool future.

And being one of Doc Savage's team would be cool.

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
06-08-2005, 06:09 PM
Then again, call me Bond, Bosda Bond.
And ya gotta ask why, you need to get more sleep.

Made in Macau
06-08-2005, 06:11 PM
Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.



He's a great Dad.

MiM

Orual
06-08-2005, 06:24 PM
I want to be Zoe from Firefly. Live on a spaceship, be an awesome kickass, have an adorable wise-cracking husband. And the hair. She's got awesome hair.

Or Lina Inverse (Slayers). Life as one long D&D game has its appeal, as does blowing shit up whenever the whim strikes me.

PapSett
06-08-2005, 07:36 PM
In LOTR , an unwritten character ....

Whatever chick gets to get Elfed by Legolas . :D

Oh yeah , ELF ME BABY !!!

Scumpup
06-08-2005, 07:45 PM
The Joker. Always a smile on his face, his days filled with laughter...

betenoir
06-08-2005, 08:32 PM
Death of the Endless. She seems to have such a good philosophy of...err...life. And she always seems to be enjoying herself. Actually my first thought was that it would be fun to be Dream of the Endless but then he never seems to be enjoying himself.

Agent Foxtrot
06-08-2005, 08:35 PM
Which character's life do you want?

Indiana Jones'.

jsgoddess
06-08-2005, 08:42 PM
Harriet Vane's. I mean, the getting arrested for murder thing would suck, but beyond that.

silenus
06-08-2005, 09:04 PM
Lazarus Long.

Kaspar Hauser
06-08-2005, 09:13 PM
George W. Bush.

Antigen
06-08-2005, 09:22 PM
Bilbo Baggins.


Or maybe Zaphod Beeblebrox.

C K Dexter Haven
06-08-2005, 09:23 PM
Well, I know that we said that reviving old threads was OK in Cafe Society, but a four-year old thread is kinda... kinda... well, sorta pushing it, don't you think?

silenus
06-08-2005, 09:35 PM
Yeah, but there are almost as many responses to the thread today as it had the entire time it existed before. :D

pinkfreud
06-08-2005, 10:37 PM
Harriet Vane's. I mean, the getting arrested for murder thing would suck, but beyond that.Ooh! Ooh! Great choice! If you get tired of being Harriet Vane, please let me give it a go. I've been in love with Lord Peter Wimsey ever since I was a teenager.

Scissorjack
06-09-2005, 12:24 AM
Flashman's: popularity, fame, accolades, medals, knighthoods, wealth, booze, cigars, all the chicks in the world, the San Serafino Order Of Purity And Truth ,and the chance to come and roger the gorgeous Elspeth every couple of years. Of course, the constant hair-raising seceret missions in which I end up in the clutches of a demented tyrant and escape only to find myself in the midst of a pitched battle would be a little wearying, but I can always take consolation in the fact that there'll be a seductive and deadly temptress to shag and the chance to fill my pockets with loot. And more honours, of course.

Kozmik
06-09-2005, 12:26 AM
Homer Simpson.

He was the major of New Springfield, a bodyguard to the mayor, went on tour as a freak show headliner and a baseball mascot, was a country music singer's manager, owner of the Denver Broncos, astronaut, Grammy winner, Monorail conductor, was elected sanitation commissioner, and met former President Gerald Ford.

So far, he's lived a remarkable life.

Scissorjack
06-09-2005, 06:10 AM
Homer Simpson.

He was the major of New Springfield, a bodyguard to the mayor, went on tour as a freak show headliner and a baseball mascot, was a country music singer's manager, owner of the Denver Broncos, astronaut, Grammy winner, Monorail conductor, was elected sanitation commissioner, and met former President Gerald Ford.

So far, he's lived a remarkable life.

You forgot his smackdown with George Bush {Snr}, which was at least a draw, despite Bush's CIA skills.

Odinoneeye
06-09-2005, 06:51 AM
CSM from X-Files.

Secretly in control of everything.

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
06-09-2005, 07:00 AM
The Joker. Always a smile on his face, his days filled with laughter...

...and a Song on his lips!

When the world is full of care
and every headline screams despair
when all is rape, starvation, war and life is vile
then there's a certain thing I do
which I shall pass along to you
that's always guaranteed to make me smile
I go loo-oo-oony as a light-bulb battered bug
simply loo-oo-oony, sometimes foam and chew the rug
Mister, life is swell
in a padded cell
it'll chase those blues away
you can trade your gloom
for a rubber room
and injections twice a day

Shirley Ujest
06-09-2005, 07:10 AM
Unless it is sci-fi or fantasy, the wimmen kinda get the short sheet.

I'm torn between wanting to be Miss Elizabeth Bennet or Stephanie Plum

Shirley Ujest
06-09-2005, 07:11 AM
Oh, and I definatley want to be Helen from the Lindsey Davis Historical Mysteries....then I'd be smart, rich, funny and I get to shag Falco. :::::swoon::::

jsgoddess
06-09-2005, 07:38 AM
I'm torn between wanting to be Miss Elizabeth Bennet or Stephanie Plum

Oh, decisions, decisions. Darcy or Ranger or Joe? Oh my.

jsgoddess
06-09-2005, 07:40 AM
Ooh! Ooh! Great choice! If you get tired of being Harriet Vane, please let me give it a go. I've been in love with Lord Peter Wimsey ever since I was a teenager.

It's a deal! I'll switch off to one of Shirley's leavings in the off-season.

dotchan
06-09-2005, 08:17 AM
I want to be the Great Will of the Macrocosm from Excel Saga. Dunno if I'd date Pedro, though.

well he's back
06-09-2005, 08:53 AM
"Which fictional character's life do you want?" - Off the top of my head, Eowyn: After a little angst, she helps to kill a major bad guy, becoming a legend. Then she gets to marry Faramir and live with him in Ithilien. Sounds good to me.

Anaamika
06-09-2005, 09:56 AM
Arwen - cause she gets Aragorn. *swoon*

Or Eilonwy from The Prydain Chronicles.

Captain Nemo?

I wouldn't mind being Harry Potter. 'Specially since
I don't think he's going to die.

But most of all, I'd probably want to be somebody carefree, yet full of adventure. Lots of fun stuff to do. I guess I'd probably be some kind of swashbuckler, so let's go with

Hmm. This is tougher than I thought. Lemme think about it and I'll get back with you.

Shirley Ujest
06-09-2005, 10:09 AM
Oh, decisions, decisions. Darcy or Ranger or Joe? Oh my.



Menage a quattro for me.....It's my fantasy....

Thirty-Nine
06-09-2005, 10:47 AM
Fry from Futurama and Captain Nemo are good ones...

The main character (Ash?) from the Pokémon series has a pretty sweet life. He gets to randomly leave home at a ridiculously young age, and spend his life capturing, fighting and socialising with semi-intelligent animals.

Behemoth from Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita. A vodka swilling jester who chooses to spend most of his time as a giant anthropomorphic cat? Cool…

Lissla Lissar
06-09-2005, 11:01 AM
A Daughter of the Clayr, from Sabriel and Lirael. I get to live in the Old Kingdom and fly Paperwings without having to face all the demented zombies and necromancers. I think I'd like to be a First Assistant Librarian. It also means I get to do bibliomancy.

Elizabeth Bennet is tempting, but I'd have to put up with her Mom. That would suck. And her bloody sister, Lydia.

RikWriter
06-09-2005, 11:08 AM
Hard choice.
My first instinct is Kip from Heinlein's "Have Space Suit, Will Travel." He's a whiz at math, languages, science, hell...almost everything, yet is too humble to realize it. His dad was once an incredibly powerful person in the government and after saving the world, he has many Big Players in his corner, plus he got to travel to another galaxy in the bargain.

Elendil's Heir
06-09-2005, 11:09 AM
Homer Simpson

You forgot his smackdown with George Bush {Snr}, which was at least a draw, despite Bush's CIA skills.

Don't forget he won an Emmy as part of the B-Sharps, and once (briefly) owned the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. To say nothing of being blessed with the most patient, indulgent, loving wife in all of human history.