Saturday, April 14, 2012

M is for ...

Multiple favorites! So many great M characters, I couldn't limit it to just one or two. So here are multiple characters beginning with M for my monthly theme:

Matilda Wormwood from the children's book Matilda. Coming from the worst parents in kid-dom, she shouldn't have a lot of ambition, but her brilliant mind craves knowledge and her sweet little heart needs a love her parents just can't give. I love how Matilda turns the tables and shows her rotten family a thing or two, while never ever losing her cool. I'm willing to bet that JK Rowling took quite a bit of inspiration from this story when creating the Harry Potter series.

Megan from the film comedy Bridesmaids. Oh boy, what a riot she was! Have you seen this film? It is such a trip, and Melissa McCarthy who played Megan is just smashing. Okay, so she's a bit off color and a tad embarrassing, but I just love the fact she's confident and doesn't give a flip what anyone else thinks.

 Minnie from The Help. Love her. Full of vigor and vin, and rightfully so. Her life's been anything but easy with a husband who beats her and five children to feed, as well as having to work for pennies for snooty white women. I love her no-nonsense attitude, and can totally relate to a character who's flat out had enough.

Melanie Hamilton from Gone with the Wind. Yes she is quiet and calm and sweet, but she's also effectively clever. In complete contrast to the feisty Scarlet O'Hara, Melanie is the balance and voice of reason that keeps Scarlet grounded. Even though Scarlet hates her because she's married to Ashley Wilkes, Melanie never lets it affect their sisterly bond, even though they're not really sisters. Melanie's the only one who knows how to handle Scarlet, and she does it with grace and delicacy.

 Maximus from Gladiator. Oh yes! And not just because he's a hunk in armor. Maximus is the quintessential tragic hero. Strong, brave, noble, loyal. As general to the Caesar's soldiers, he knows how to lead and fight, but all he really wants is to get back home to his wife and son and live a quiet life. Instead, he's thrust into a series of snafus that finds him as a slave fighting for his life as a gladiator. Maximus is everything that is good and honorable, everything that the new Caesar is not, and as needed in all epic tales, good always overcomes evil even if the hero dies.

McFly, Mr. George. Crispin Glover mastered this quirky character, and breathed new life into the label of nerd. From the 1980s Back to the Future trilogy, the young George McFly was an awkward sci-fi geek and the target of Biff Tanin's bullying. But when it came down to the nitty-gritty, George McFly had what it took to stand up for himself and for the girl he admired. What can I say, it was his density .... er, um destiny. :)

Hey, how about a story with all these characters together? Now, that would be an interesting ensemble. There you go... inspiration for your next WIP. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have an excellent weekend! See you back here on Monday for more fave characters A-Z. Do you have a fave M character? Any thoughts on these here? Please share ....

28 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A marvellous post and so enjoyable.


You too have a wonderful and peaceful week-end.
Yvonne.

Kyra Lennon said...

More awesome choices! Matilda is a particular favourite of mine. I found her antics incredibly funny when I was a kid!

Kyra Lennon said...

More awesome choices! Matilda is a particular favourite of mine. I found her antics incredibly funny when I was a kid!

Annalisa Crawford said...

McFly is a great character. There's always a silent cheer when he gets the girl.

Jessica Bell said...

LOVE Matilda. She has stuck with me since I was a kid. I wish I still had my RD books. I think I tossed them when I moved to Greece. Of course, I could buy new ones. But it just wouldn't be the same!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Maximus - good choice. Can't think of any M characters this early though.

M.J. Fifield said...

I love your choice of characters. Megan, Maximus and McFly are fantastic.

My favorite M character is Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly/Serenity.

Libby said...

You put McFly! Right back to my childhood. :)

Susan Roebuck said...

Matilda, Minnie and Melanie! (I don't know the others but they must be great just from the three I do know). Matilda is probably the ideal character, loveable and feisty.

Catherine Stine said...

I love Matilda, and just about anything Dahl writes. And I REALLY want to see Bridesmaids!

Mark K said...

How about Moby Dick? Now there was one misunderstood mammal.

Cassie Mae said...

"You are my density."

;)

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Oh, Maximus, Maximus! Mmm mmm.

Linda Jackson said...

Who doesn't love Matilda??? ...except her parents.

Another favorite M of mine is Maniac Magee. :)

Carla White said...

Wow, apparently great characters starting with "M" are plenty. LOVE Melissa McCarthy, in Bridesmaids and other things. If you get a chance, you should check out the episode of Saturday Night Live that she hosted. I have never laughed so hard at SNL.

Carol Riggs said...

Excellent choices! I haven't heard of the first 3, but oh boy, Melanie and Maximus and McFly!! Love 'em all. LOL on the density/destiny. Gotta re-watch that movie...

DL Hammons said...

George McFly was an awesome character...played perfectly by Mr. Glover. Excellent choices today!!

Robin said...

Love your picks-esp. Matilda and McFly

William Kendall said...

Now I feel strangely compelled to go watch George McFly and Maximus team up to overthrow Emperor Biffius.

J.C. Martin said...

McFly is a classic! I sympathised with Marlin's character in Finding Nemo: a widower who's afraid of losing the only thing left that matters.

A bitcheeky, but I also have to throw in little Meghan from my crime novel ORACLE. Despite the hardships she faces, she still keeps her chin up and remains a tiny bundle of sunshine! :)

J.C. Martin
A to Z Blogger

Roger Lawrence said...

Bit of a cheat here. But how abut Mark Harmon from NCIS. Very cool.

Savannah Chase said...

So many great M's. My fave is Maximus...

Donna Yates said...

PK, everyone of these are my favorites. Great choices.

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

What a great list! Megan made that movie for me, I swear!

Nicole said...

You know it's quite an epic list when you've got both Maximus AND McFly! ;) All great choices.

Jeremy Bates said...

Out of all of these characters, Matilda is my fave going away. In fact, when I am teaching younger foreign students, I like to use these books to keep the kids interest and encourage further reading.

Leslie Rose said...

I kept saying, "Yes. Yes," as I scrolled down. Super choices. I always wanted to be Melanie Wilkes. Sadly, I'm more the Scarlett type. Oops.

Christine Rains said...

Great M post! I love Matilda too. The movie was wonderful.