Halloween is about dressing up as someone else, but what about considering those you’re actually like? Here’s the fictional characters I’ve either been compared to, or see a lot of myself in them.
Diane Nyguyen – Bojack Horseman
Diane is probably my favourite character in Bojack. One of the reasons we watched the show was because Alex thought I was a lot like Diane. Sometimes I find myself complaining about the stories I pitched about why it’s sexist for Ireland’s constitution to still say women belong in the home getting rejected by publications that post cat gifs, and realise I’m actually am just like her. I too an a writer, have black hair (although hers is more of a blue black), glasses, and love dogs. Everyone in Bojack is flawed, it’s the whole point of the show, and as the shows progressed she’s no longer the voice of reason, but all her baggage is pretty understandable. Alex was disappointed I’m going to be Esmeralda for Halloween instead of Diane, but I’m Diane everyday!
Rosa Diaz – Brooklyn 99
Alex said when he first saw me he described me as looking like Rosa to his friends because my hair was really curly, I was wearing a leather jacket, and had resting bitch face. I’m not Latina though, but I don’t look Irish either. I actually got mistaken a few times as French when we were in Paris! Personality wise I wish I was as badass as Rosa and sometimes like to think that I am when in reality, I’m much more like Amy.
Lisa Simpson – The Simpsons
I mentioned Lisa in my Like a Girl post. Not only is Lisa one of my favourite characters ever but I did grow up to be a lot like her. Although she’s not real, it’s amazing for an 8 year old to be so opinionated and passionate – she often is the voice of reason and makes much more sense than the rest of Springfield. She also thinks for herself, even if it means rejecting her own families believes or expectations of her. It’s no surprise I grew up a hippy almost-vegan having been such a big fan of the show.
Charlie Kelmeckis – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I’ve mentioned how much I love The Perks of Being a Wallflower before. Charlie is very much on the periphery of life – be it at home or in school – where he observes from the sidelines but is rarely the center of attention. This is often the case for quiet people, with only the people like Sam and Patrick who notice. I can definitely relate to that, and probably most of Charlie’s feelings.
Aza Holmes – Turtles All The Way Down.
Her friend Daisy points out that it’s hard to understand Aza when she has everything Daisy doesn’t – a car, a laptop, a house, a mother who pays attention to her – but Aza is jealous of Daisy for being able to function like a normal person. I’m very lucky with my life, but my mind still tortures me. I saw so much of myself in Aza from constantly googling what every little ache and pain means, overthinking and then ruining what should be intimate or romantic moments, sometimes being convinced I’m going to die when I don’t even have any physical illnesses. It’s exhausting, but comforting that John Green created a character who feels the exact same.
What do these characters have in common? Both Diane and Charlie are writers, and writing is a massive part of my life. Diane, Charlie, and Aza do have their fair share of “baggage” for lack of a better word, and show it’s okay not to function like everyone else. Lisa and Diane are very passionate, especially about women’s issues, and like Lisa I care a lot about animals & the environment.
Who do you relate to or get compared to a lot?