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15 April 2012 @ 09:41 pm
So elrhiarhodan kindly gave me the letter H.

My task was to "Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows."

Hawkeye Pierce of MASH played by Alan Alda.  Probably my favorite TV character ever; a profound, brilliant, compassionate pain in the ass.  I learned a lot about morality from him.  Humor was his response to pain, was his way to handle stress, to handle intimacy.  It was his shield.  It was his weapon. This was a man whose idea of a breakfast of champions was a bottle of beer poured over a bowl of rice krispies.  He would spend twenty hours in surgery and then instead of going to bed he would do rounds in post-op and then finish off the day with a few rounds of swill from his private still.  My favorite Hawkeye line - I'll carry your books, I'll carry a torch, I'll carry a tune, I'll carry on, carry over, carry forward, Cary Grant, cash and carry, carry me back to Old Virginia, I'll even 'hari-kari' if you show me how, but I will not carry a gun!

Prince Humperdinck a twofer for The Princess Bride book and movie.  Portrayed by Chris Sarandon in the film.  Humperdinck, Humperdinck, Humperdinck!!!  Smarmiest bad guy ever.  In one of the most quoted books/movies ever and for a really good reason.  It’s funny as hell.  Sarandon did an amazing job of making Humperdinck the guy who was almost too pretty to hate.  But, despite the perfectly coiffed hair and the gorgeous embroidered tunics, he would have done anything to Buttercup and Wesley to achieve his ends. 

Harry Potter/Hermione Granger/Hron Weasley - kind of obvious, I know.  I certainly don't think that the Potter series represents the best in sci- fi fantasy.  But, they captured the imagination of probably two generations of kids.  And anything that promotes reading in children is okay by me.  There are some things I do truly appreciate about these books, the biggest of which was characterization.  By the time Prisoner of Azkaban came along, my favorite in the series, I couldn’t help but be completely invested in these three.  Harry's pain over the loss of his parents permeates him and drives him, as he continues to lose father figure after father figure.  I think the thing I like most about Harry is that spark of innocence within him that just won't die, no matter how many horrible things happen to him and around him.  

My favorite things about Hermione run directly counter to Harry.  By the time she erases her existence from her parents' minds she is completely devoid of innocence.  Her intelligence and practicality have driven it from her completely due to circumstances that she has allowed herself to be drawn into.  Whereas Harry could not avoid his fate, Hermione could have walked away at any time, but chose, through a combination of her practicality and loyalty, to stay.

What to say about Hron.  He's the consummate sidekick.  Anyone would be lucky to call him friend, despite the fact that he's sort of dumb as a post.  Life would have been much harder for Harry and Hermione, as proven during the short time in the final book when he leaves them, without him.  He provided a sense of lightness and humor in a world of constant seriousness and pain.

Henry "Indiana" Jones of the Raiders of the Lost Ark movies portrayed by Harrison Ford – who didn’t want to be an archaeologist if they grew in the late ‘70’s and 80’s.  Despite his fear of snakes, Indy was the coolest, the absolute coolest teacher ever.  Who else can take down the Nazis, the Commies, the Knights Templar, weird South American guys with deadly poison blow darts, black robed Arab men with whips, strange Southeast Asian cultists and every possible manmade temple/tomb trap ever created.  The only think Indy couldn’t take down was Marion.  And, even that was cool.   Oh, and I could have gone with Han Solo here as well, the coolest space jockey ever, but that probably wouldn’t have been fair to Chewie.

Hobbes – best, stuffed/imaginary friend ever!  Takes the blame when you get in trouble.  Helps build the transmogrification machine.  Helps pelt that gross Suzie with snowballs.  Does your homework for you. Provides a welcome home pounce every day.  Is ALWAYS there for you.