Monday, October 8, 2007

My Very First Meme

(Umm, how do you pronounce the word meme?)

Apparently memes are something like chain letters for bloggers. One person writes about a given assignment, then challenges a few others to complete the assignment and pass it on. I don't know if it carries the same curse as a chain letter if one breaks it, like thirteen years' bad luck, but since I've never passed on an actual chain letter, or proudly, a chain e-mail, I'm not too worried about it.

Well, I've been tagged for my very first one, which makes me feel both proud to be accepted into this online circle of cyberfriends, as well as hesitant because of the personal nature of the subject, which I will get to shortly.

You see, Veronica Mitchell, who writes one of my favorite blogs by the way, wrote a post the other day about all of the posts she has refrained from publishing. I opened my big mouth and egged her on to complete one of them, and not only did she write it and do a fabulous job, she "tagged" me to write it as well. So the chain letter aspect begins. Oh, the subject:

Ten Literary Characters I Would Totally Make Out With If I Were Single and They Were Real But I’m Not, Single I Mean, I Am Real, But I’m Also Happily Married and Want to Stay That Way So Maybe We Should Forget This

As you can probably guess, my dilemma is that I am actually happily married and I actually do want to stay that way, and especially since my mother-in-law reads this blog from time to time, I really did consider forgetting it. Also, I am not even close to being well-read enough to come up with ten. However, the urge to fit in with my new friends has led me to adopt a compromise. So now I give you the amended title:

A Few Literary Characters That I Had a Crush On When I Was Young and Before I Was Married But That I Certainly Do Not Think About Any More Now Because I Love My Husband So Very Very Much

1. Ned Nickerson from Nancy Drew- my first love, circa 3rd grade. Always waiting in the wings for Nancy.

2. Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables. I noticed him long before Anne did. Remember when she wasn't speaking to him, but he gave her his teaching job so she could stay close to Marilla? Awwww. I think he was my sixth grade crush. Probably seventh grade, too.

3. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. No explanation necessary.

4. Marius Pontmercy from Les Miserables. Okay, I didn't read the book until I was an adult, but my french class went to see the musical in 10th grade, and I was smitten. I think it was Eponine's unrequieted love for him that convinced me.

5. Charles Darnay from A Tale of Two Cities. I can't recall why, I guess I need to read it again, but I remember him being the highlight of 12th Grade English Lit. Of course, I always got that story mixed up with the plot of Les Mis, so he could just be Marius all over again.

So there you have it, folks, my pitiful attempt to fit in. Check out the other tags on Veronica's blog, and you'll see some really good ones. Frankly, I don't know a lot of the characters mentioned, so I'll be heading to the library this week to investigate.

And the person I tag: Painted Maypole. I'm curious to see what her list looks like.


  1. I LOVE your ammended title.

    Charles Darnay. Good choice.

    It's pronounced meem. It's borrowed from Richard Dawkins, the biologist. Here's the Wikipedia article.

  2. OK... I've been both enjoying and dreading this meme, in the fear that I would get tagged. ;) But of course, being tagged is a GOOD thing. If I can just think of something to write. ;) So... thanks for tagging me. And now I have to THINK. ouch.

  3. Hee. I like your spin on this meme. I'd do it myself but I don't remember much about what I've read beyond about 2 days after finishing it. Though I have to say I definitely pined for Rhett Butler for many a year after reading Gone with the Wind. I wouldn't give two cents for him now, though. Thanks for your comment at FriedOkra. Glad to know you're reading! :)

  4. Nice amendment to the meme, and great list.


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