Wednesday, April 4, 2012

D is for ...

Alright, letter D and the fourth letter in the alphabet and fourth day of the month, so as it happens, I have four awesome characters that start with the letter  D.

1. Dumbledore, Mr. Albus Percival Wolfric.

Who can resist a wise old wizard? I know I can't. He was definitely one of my fave HP characters. I'm always a sucker for a pithy mentor, and I loved that Dumbledore often spoke in riddles and never felt it necessary to explain himself. I adored how sometimes he'd rise and announce he wanted to say a few words, then rattle off a few words that were just fun to say, like bumblebee, shenanigan, or bamboozle.

I cried when he died in the books. But I have to say, after seeing him played by the late (and uber awesome) Richard Harris in the first two movies, I just couldn't bond with him the same way in the remaining six films. Michael Gambon just didn't cut it for me after seeing Richard Harris own the role.

2. Mr. Darcy

Okay, many actors have played Mr. Darcy, and I'm not sure if any of the films ever got the story just right, but as for the brilliant story of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, I have to say Mr. Darcy is one of the classiest, most irresistible love interests ever. Cold and aloof at first, but only before the thick layers to this tender-hearted, only-has-eyes-for-one-girl kind of guy, have been picked away. Mr. Darcy represents what every woman swoons over: a shell that must be broken. We should all take notes from Ms. Austen's genius.

3. Dracula

Oh yes! Best villain ever! A villain I rooted for at some points. The film by Francis For Coppola is quite different than the book, and in some ways, better IMO. The romantic thread throughout the film sucked  me in and of course, being played by a genius actor like Gary Oldman, I was hooked. As for the book by Bram Stoker, it's one of my fave all time classics. A character like Dracula is not something many can brush aside. The many layers that make him unforgettable is why he's lasted throughout the years as an icon of sorts. A tragic being without a soul. Bram Stoker used ancient myths and legends to create a character that spawned almost an entire genre of fiction, and wow.. can you imagine a world with no Dracula, or one where vampires didn't exist?

4. Diane Chambers

From the 1980s TV sitcom, Cheers. Yeah, I know I'm showing my age here, but I grew up on shows like Cheers and the caliber of comedy today just isn't the same, and I wonder if it ever will be again. But why Diane? What a character! Played by Shelley Long, she was smart as a whip, and proper to a point of nausea. lol Modest, yet weak by her decadent streak of lust for the scoundrel of a bartender, Sam Malone. She had some amazing lines and paired with her complete opposite, Sam, their dialogue just crackled. Diane gave smart women everywhere a voice.

Thanks for stopping by here! I love reading your comments!

Do you have a fave D character? What do you think of these? And how's your A-Z blog hopping going? Please share...

34 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Yay! My first day of knowing all of your chosen characters!! I totally agree about Richard Harris vs Michael Gambon. Gambon is a terrific actor, but he is not Dumbledore. He was too angry all the time.

And Gary Oldman as Dracula - yummy! :D

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Enjoyed the read, but I mostly watch reality shows or soaps if I have time to watch TV.

As the numbers are up on last years challenge it's very daunting trying to read and comment on posts.

Yvonne.

Jackie Jordan said...

What a cast of characters you have selected. I must say that Diane Chambers is my all-time favorite - I love Cheers. I also read you "C" posting and regretfully admit to never having seen the Cable Guy, but it's on my list now ...

Cherie Reich said...

Awesome D characters!

I cried when Dumbledore died too. It's still sad.

I also agree with Kyra Lennon about Gary Oldman as Dracula. :)

KatieO said...

Good character choices! Cheers is showing your age a bit -

When we were standing in line to see the Hunger Games movie, I told the kids Haymitch was the same actor who played Woody on Cheers... "What's that?" they asked. I revised it to the cowboy from Zombieland and they knew just who I meant.

Fun theme for AtoZ!

Linda Jackson said...

Diane Chambers! One of my favorite characters of all time!!!

:)

Guilie said...

Great topic for the A to Z challenge--glad I stopped by.

Karen Walker said...

Loved that Mr. Darcy. And I agree about the Dumbledore actors.
Karen

Michael Di Gesu said...

WE are so in sync when it comes to Dumbledore. It was never the same for me either after Harris died. No other could play the role as written like Harris.

Thankfully we have the first two movies and the books of course!

M.J. Fifield said...

I love your selections for D. A nice eclectic group.

Catherine Stine said...

I've got to see Gary Oldman as Dracula! And yes, I like mysterious wizards who talk in riddles. I'm in A to Z at #1146. Cheers, catherine

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Wonderful post, PK. You had me at Dumbledore! Have a great day!

Carol Riggs said...

Love all of these! But especially Matthew McF as Darcy. Siiiiigh. ;o)

Johanna Garth said...

I will always have a crush on Mr. Darcy...it must be the english manor house girl in me! :)

Brinda said...

Mr. Darcy...Ahhh.....

Carla White said...

All great characters for "D"! I love Cheers. I own the series on DVD and never tire of re-watching it. Diane was definitely a memorable character, especially because you wouldn't think she'd fit in at such an establishment.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I love each and every D character you've chosen! I'm feeling quite smart that you haven't left me thinking, 'who?'

Gina said...

I'll give you one of my favorite D characters: Dean Winchester. OMG I can't help but drool at the thought and now I've ruined my computer... you see what you make me do?

Great post.
From Diary of a Writer in Progress

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

All wonderful D's (and a couple of very sexy ones, too - I'm just sayin'). :D

Happy Hump Day!
My D

Old Kitty said...

I ADORE Diane Chambers and NEVER EVER forgave her for leaving Sam at the altar to run off to be a writer. Ahem! LOL!! No seriously, Cheers was never the same without her! Take care
x

McKenzie McCann said...

I'm sorry, but after Dumbledore, your other favorite D characters are invalid. x3

Leslie Rose said...

Terrific collection of D's. Ah, Mr. Darcy - Mr. Darcy - Mr. Darcy.

Jessica L. Foster said...

Lots of great D characters. Thanks for posting.

DL Hammons said...

I loved Cheers and Diane was an awesome character opposite Sam. You have some great choices here! :)

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

Dracula is so classic.

I have been starting to watch "Cheers" because of Netflix. I was born in the 80s so I missed a lot of it the first time around.

Stephen Tremp said...

I thought I would see more Harry Potter references but not so much so far. And thanks for the Diane Chambers mention! I was a huge Cheers fan back in the day.

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

Great D characters. I loved Diane Chambers, too. She played so well off Carla.

Donna Yates said...

I'd vote for Dumbledore anyday. And I'm with you. I adored Richard Harris' acting ability, and I never could quite bond with a new and different Dumbledore.

Margo Berendsen said...

I mentioned Dracula in my D post too...along with Dune, and Dead Poets society. But I should have mentioned Dumbledore and Mr. Darcy too, great D's. I'm doing the A-Z thing too.

Jenn said...

Ahhh Mr. Darcy.
Who were the other characters?? LOL!

Great D Post!!

Cheers, Jenn
http://www.wine-n-chat.com

fOIS In The City said...

PK, I am not hoping to many of these, but am drawn to yours and Brinda Berry's ... mainly because you are two blogs I subscribe to.

The Dasdardly "D" and those you chose are great. I Dare not Disagree that Richard Harris was and will remain the only person to play the role of Dumbledore. Sad that he Died in mid-role.

Diane was a pain and a Delight as the counter balance in Cheers!

I cannot continue this Discertation on the D of it all, but I am loving your take on each letter. You continue to Delight me !!

William Kendall said...

Ah, Dumbledore, Darcy, and Dracula! Quite a trio!

Can't say much about Diane, as I'd only seen the show as a kid after she was gone.

As to a D character, well if the surname works, Sean Dillon, the protagonist of the Jack Higgins books, the former IRA gunman turned British operative, and thorough scoundrel, would be my pick.

Savannah Chase said...

Love me some Dracula....

Sarah Pearson said...

Four excellent choices - I think Darcy might just be my favourite though :-)