This week's topic: What gift would you give your favorite character?
This is tricky. Like Holly, I would say it's hard to come up with a favorite character. In addition, I like to give really thoughtful and heartfelt gifts, which means this may be too difficult. I mean, I know some characters pretty well, but you have to really know someone to give the perfect gift.
Here I go, anyway, with a few gifts for some old school, classic ladies.
For the second Mrs. deWinter in Rebecca.
As we say in the south: Bless her heart!
She's been picked as the second wife of the dashing Maxim deWinter. He's wealthy, charming, and brooding. She's literally plucked from a life of spinsterhood and servitude, then placed into a pampered life at the glorious estate Manderlay. Yet her happiness is trumped by her self-doubt: her obsession with the first Mrs. deWinter, Rebecca. Rebecca is such the focus of the story that it's titled after her, and we never even learn the first name of the second Mrs. deWinter. Her lack of confidence gives you a sinking feeling. You're forced to ride along and watch as she makes mistakes and drives a wedge between herself and Maxim. You sit by, useless, as she learns the true secrets of Rebecca, but loses almost everything.
It's such a FAB book (I need to read more Daphne de Maurier*), and a stellar movie (an early one of Hitchcock's, and follows the book to a "t"). Joan Fontain* is the 2nd Mrs. de Winter, with Lawrence Olivier as Maxim-- they are at the height of their youth and beauty, but she portrays the scared, nervous, and fragile Mrs. de Winter flawlessly. I am always shocked that someone that gorgeous can play someone that weak.
Well, I'd give her some freaking confidence! She needs it. She needs to value herself. She needs to know that Maxim is with her for a reason. A good reason. Because she is exactly who she is. Granted, this would remove almost all the drama from the story, but this holiday, let's give her a break.
And for Jane from Jane Eyre
Poor, poor Jane.
I'd give Mr. Rochester a divorce! Damn the way it would look!
It couldn't possibly look worse than keeping your crazy first wife in the tower so she can scare everyone. It couldn't possibly be worse than living a life without the one person who "gets" you. He's such a devil-may-care kind of guy.Would it really bother him that much?
Of course they end up together eventually, but a lot of heartbreak and destruction takes place along the way. He should shelve his honor this holiday season, and just get the right girl. Before it involves the first wife's suicide, the destruction of his house, and his disfigurement in a fire. Again, it would rip a little of the drama from the story-- but still. Doesn't Jane deserve a nice Christmas?
Check out the ladies at YA Highway to see what they would give this season. Or check my links on the right to see who has already posted their response.
I love Trivia, so bear with me:
*Daphne de Maurier also wrote The Birds, another Hitchcock classic.
*Joan Fontaine is the sister of Olivia de Haviland-- Melanie from Gone with the Wind. Fontaine was nominated for the Academy Award for this, but did not win. She won later for Suspicion (another Hitchcock movie), which was a much less interesting movie (they changed the ending! Lots of plot holes!)