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(Some Fictional Guy)   This week, the Saturday Morning Book Club wants to know which fictional character would you most like to be real? And, conversely, which one would you most *not* want to see in this reality?   ( fandomania.com) divider line
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2017-04-15 09:28:42 AM  
Auntie Mame :)
 
2017-04-15 09:40:03 AM  
Since I just read American Gods (thanks to this Book Club) - Wednesday.

For Do Not Want I'd have to go with Randall Flagg.
 
2017-04-15 09:52:23 AM  
Real? Sam Gunn, from the Ben Bova books, so that we might finally start reaching out to the stars.
Not in this reality? .. hm.. perhaps Gharlane of Eddore?
 
2017-04-15 10:03:19 AM  
Jesus of Nazareth, both questions.
 
2017-04-15 10:03:51 AM  
Fictional character whom I would not care to see?

Can we go timely and say Jesus?
 
2017-04-15 10:04:40 AM  
Before Go Set a Watchman I would have said Atticus Finch. I suppose James Bond would make the world a more interesting place if there were villains up to his caliber. Maybe Professor Challenger if there were still fantastic locations to explore.

As for villains we can do without Big Brother.
 
2017-04-15 10:05:00 AM  
That kid from the ransom of red chief
 
2017-04-15 10:06:21 AM  
President Bartlett, no question.
 
2017-04-15 10:06:53 AM  

Far Cough: President Bartlett, no question.


oooh, good one.
 
2017-04-15 10:07:00 AM  
Most like: William Fisher from Todd McEwen's Fisher's Hornpipe.

Not want: Ignatius J. Reilly. Unfortunately, he does exist, by the thousands, in and around New Orleans.
 
2017-04-15 10:07:42 AM  
Holden Caulfield, so I can sell him to Lennie Small.
 
2017-04-15 10:09:23 AM  
Atticus Finch (as personified by Gregory Peck)
 
2017-04-15 10:10:34 AM  
Do not want to meet any of the big bads or their minions
Do want to meet any romantic interest that isn't in love with the hero who I might have a chance with.
 
2017-04-15 10:10:36 AM  
Like to be real: God, but the good God, not the vengeful God
Like not to be real: Satan

/obvious

-or-

Like to be real: Superman
Like not to be real: Almost any Stephen King bad guy, eg. Flagg (as someone previously mentioned),  Pennywise or Norman (Rose Madder).

Love or hate King, he really knows how to bring characters to life.
 
2017-04-15 10:11:18 AM  
Ender Wiggin, because it would mean we had a decent space program.
 
2017-04-15 10:12:44 AM  
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Why settle for the most interesting man on Earth?
 
2017-04-15 10:15:26 AM  

chase_neal: Atticus Finch (as personified by Gregory Peck)


*shakes tiny fist!*

Fine, then. I'm happy knowing Injun Joe was fictional.
 
2017-04-15 10:16:42 AM  
First thought is Hari Seldon, the creator of Psychohistory. Then I thought maybe the Christopher Reeve version of Superman.

For not real, The Devil
 
2017-04-15 10:17:32 AM  
Santa Claus
 
2017-04-15 10:18:03 AM  

aaronx: Jesus of Nazareth, both questions.


Thread's  pretty much over in 4.
 
2017-04-15 10:18:27 AM  

Veda_Pierce: Since I just read American Gods (thanks to this Book Club) - Wednesday.

For Do Not Want I'd have to go with Randall Flagg.


Not Mr Wednesday, Shadow!

And, although I love him dearly, no to Roland.
 
2017-04-15 10:19:03 AM  

aaronx: Jesus of Nazareth, both questions.


Christ, what an asshole.
 
2017-04-15 10:19:36 AM  
Would like to be real: Jean-Luc Picard
Would never want to meet: the Lord Emperor from "Mistborn"

/is it cheating if one is a TV character?
 
2017-04-15 10:19:48 AM  
So, subby, your real question is: which fictional world would you want to live in which this person is possible.
 
2017-04-15 10:19:55 AM  

thamike: Holden Caulfield, so I can sell him to Lennie Small.


Holden Caulfield, so I can smack him upside the back of his head and tell him to grow the 'f' up.
 
TWX
2017-04-15 10:21:26 AM  
Honor Harrington.

We need a few more women that are willing to use violence appropriately. Might help keep the Trumps of the world from amassing too much power.
 
2017-04-15 10:21:32 AM  

RJReves: thamike: Holden Caulfield, so I can sell him to Lennie Small.

Holden Caulfield, so I can smack him upside the back of his head and tell him to grow the 'f' up.


The proto-millennial, they're all over the place, dude.
 
2017-04-15 10:21:40 AM  
I wouldn't mind if The Patrician was in charge.
I wish we didn't have The Mule.
 
2017-04-15 10:21:51 AM  
Bilbo Baggins or possibly Deadpool
 
2017-04-15 10:22:56 AM  

TWX: Honor Harrington.

We need a few more women that are willing to use violence appropriately. Might help keep the Trumps of the world from amassing too much power.


That's like wishing your cat was the size of a tiger.  You're be doomed.
 
2017-04-15 10:24:21 AM  

stonelotus: aaronx: Jesus of Nazareth, both questions.

Christ, what an asshole.


Monty Python - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Youtube jHPOzQzk9Qo
 
2017-04-15 10:24:28 AM  
Would most like to be real: My own drunk self-image.
Would not want to see: The general from Arachnophobia.
 
2017-04-15 10:25:52 AM  

TWX: Honor Harrington.

We need a few more women that are willing to use violence appropriately. Might help keep the Trumps of the world from amassing too much power.


I almost posted Honor Harrington.  Her physical strength is what makes her character so interesting.

Not trying to stir the pot this morning, but if women were physically stronger on average, a lot of b.s. in the world could be eradicated.   otbe
 
2017-04-15 10:28:37 AM  
I'll amend Gandalf as an alternate...
 
2017-04-15 10:29:48 AM  
Would most like to be real:  Valentine Michael Smith
Would not want to see:  There is no one in fiction that has terrified me as much as this country's current administration (and a few world leaders).
 
2017-04-15 10:30:44 AM  
I sometimes wish there was a little magic in the world.  I have found  myself thinking that it would be cool if the Harry Potter universe were real, but it would suck if one weren't magical.
 
2017-04-15 10:31:51 AM  
Good:
Any of the Minds from an Ian Banks Culture novel, especially if they showed up with a Contact representative and started the process of advancing us as a species.  Good god do we need the help.

Bad:
Ungoliant, because a spider-demon from the outer darkness that can terrify Morgoth and lay eggs that hatch into giant spiders like Shelob is not something I'd want to have to have around.
 
2017-04-15 10:32:38 AM  
I'd most like to see that infamous GOP villain, Hillary Clinton, come to life, etc.
 
2017-04-15 10:32:47 AM  
 
2017-04-15 10:33:13 AM  
The Rowan of Anne McCaffrey tower and the hive for wish they were real.

So glad their not.. mornelith falconsbane of Mercedes Lacey's valdemar series
 
2017-04-15 10:33:53 AM  
Most like to be real: Odysseus.

Most not like: The Shrike from Hyperion.
 
2017-04-15 10:35:03 AM  
yt3.ggpht.com
 
2017-04-15 10:35:14 AM  

uber humper: RJReves: thamike: Holden Caulfield, so I can sell him to Lennie Small.

Holden Caulfield, so I can smack him upside the back of his head and tell him to grow the 'f' up.

The proto-millennial, they're all over the place, dude.


If he was the proto-millennial, you'd think the babyboomers who identified so much with him wouldn't be so dumbfounded by millennials.
 
2017-04-15 10:35:45 AM  
My answer for both: The Luggage.
 
2017-04-15 10:37:34 AM  
Jesus.
 
2017-04-15 10:40:06 AM  

toraque: Good:
Any of the Minds from an Ian Banks Culture novel, especially if they showed up with a Contact representative and started the process of advancing us as a species.  Good god do we need the help.

Bad:
Ungoliant, because a spider-demon from the outer darkness that can terrify Morgoth and lay eggs that hatch into giant spiders like Shelob is not something I'd want to have to have around.


Not the Grey Area though. He might be bad for us

/ Better known as Meatfarker
 
2017-04-15 10:41:46 AM  

thamike: uber humper: RJReves: thamike: Holden Caulfield, so I can sell him to Lennie Small.

Holden Caulfield, so I can smack him upside the back of his head and tell him to grow the 'f' up.

The proto-millennial, they're all over the place, dude.

If he was the proto-millennial, you'd think the babyboomers who identified so much with him wouldn't be so dumbfounded by millennials.


The stereotypes are very similar, hyper-self-centered and self-righteous yet the boundaries of such are limited to the groupthink compound.
 
2017-04-15 10:43:31 AM  
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Optimus Prime, fer sher.

any of those gigantic world eaters for the other.
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2017-04-15 10:44:46 AM  
Chtlulu
 
2017-04-15 10:45:08 AM  
I have to say for the one that we wanted to be real it would be Gandalf.

Randall Flagg immediately came to mind for the one I would not want to be real.
 
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