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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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