Winnie the Pooh – Who are you?

I’ve been reliving many of the cartoons from my past, including a few from the Winnie the Pooh franchise. Even as a kid these weren’t my favorite, I grew up in the middle of great cartoons such as Duck Tales and Rescue Rangers.

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Winnie the Pooh has had staying power, I’ll give it that.  They are classics and will be perpetually renewed, just like Treasure Island and Swiss Family Robinson.

Part of the reason that Winnie the Pooh tends to stick around is that each of the characters are so distinct.  There’s Winnie of course, the bumbling silly bear who’s none too bright but friendly nonetheless. He has an obsession with honey and will do anything to get it, including putting himself if danger.

Then there’s Piglet, who is scared of everything to the extent that he won’t try anything new without a whole lot of support from his friends.

Tigger only wants to have fun and is the Polly Anna of the group.  This fun often bothers those around him and causes him the majority of his problems.  He can’t see the effect his actions have on others and is selfish.

Eeyore is perpetually depressed.  He believes that nothing can go right for him and as a result nothing ever does.  He’s not very pleasant to be around but is lucky that he has a great group of friends willing to overlook is dour demeanor.

Rabbit always has a goal, and will do everything in his power to get to that goal, even when it means sabotaging everyone else’s fun.  He is responsible, dependable, and perpetually cranky because no one can manage to do anything right in his eyes. If anything he is the most grownup of all the characters.

As I was watching this with my three-year-old this week I had a chilling realization.

I’m Rabbit.

This stung more than you’d think. You see, I hated Rabbit growing up.  He was the one who was always ruining everything for everyone. Sure, he knows what it takes to get things done, but those things are often not worth doing. Or if they are, they don’t have to be done in the precise anal OCD way that Rabbit insists on.

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What character are you?

Related pages:

Mental Disorders of the Winnie-the-Pooh Characters

A Very Brief History of Idiots Banning Winnie the Pooh

19 Incredibly Wise Truths We Learned From Winnie The Pooh

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Meet the Cast: Alystra

picture-of-judi-dench-in-the-chronicles-of-riddick-large-pictureSo far, in the Meet the Cast series of posts,  we’ve met the hero, villian, and the hero’s friend.  Today we are going to explore a vital member of the supporting cast.

In the society of the immortal Stonebearers there are three towers that govern the three distinct areas of the world.  Alystra holds the high seat of the mountain tower. As senior of the three leaders of the towers she also holds power and influence over the other two.  It is her duty to command and protect the Stonebearers within her order and through them ensure the safety of the mortal world.  Both Jarand and Bremin are members of her order.

As leader she must embody the Stonebearer ideals, which include; grace, loyalty, duty, mercy, and humility. She must be resourceful and fair.  If a Stonebearer of her order has broken his oaths, she must determine their fate.

If I were to chose an actress to play Alystra, it would have to be the esteemed Dame Judi Dench.  In all of her roles she displays the perfect blend of power, control, and restrained passion.  Her characters also display a certain vulnerability and depth that makes them even more appealing.

 

 

 

 

Meet the Villain: Wrothe

No story is complete without a good villian. In my book, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, the immortal Jarand has got one heck of an enemy.  Not only is she beautiful, she is both cunning, deadly, and a little insane.  The powerful demoness Wrothe is bent on taking her revenge and will stop at nothing until get gets it.  In this world twelve demons haunt the land, causing trouble wherever they go.  One of the duties of the Stonebearers is to protect the public against them.  Wrothe is different from the other Demons, she targets immortals as her victims.  She craves their power and will stop at nothing to get it.

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The face I’ve found that most closely matches my Wrothe is the fabulous Tarja Turunen best known for being the vocalist of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. She has now moved on to a solo career and is starting her Colours In the Dark World Tour in October of this year.  Unfortunantly, she won’t be hitting any US locations this round, maybe next time.

Meet the Cast: Bremin

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For every hero there is the friend who makes it possible for him to succeed.  In the Stonebearer’s story one of the most important members of the supporting cast is Bremin.

Bremin is the clever, quick-witted, sharp-tongued friend to our hero, Jarand.  They’ve known each other for over three hundred years.  He has traveled the world many times over gathering knowledge to aid his fellow Stonebearers.  If there is a plot against them, he will uncover it.  In his travels he has also become very skilled in healing, picking locks, setting traps, and plenty of other skills, making him an extremely useful fellow to have around.

Bremin does have a weakness, he is very limited in what he can do with his power.  This fact has made him very humble, but also bitter.  He compensates for his weakness with his knowledge.

Out of all the characters in the book, Bremin was the easiest to find a face for.  Jeremy Irons is the perfect fit.  He comes across as someone who knows a lot but won’t offer his opinion until it is asked for.  He also projects a profound depth to his characters.  The fact that he also has played similar characters in several fantasy movies seals the deal.

The Search is Over

Oh happy day!  For the past three years I’ve been working on this story and, up until this week, had yet to find a good face to put on my main character Jarand, an immortal Stonebearer. I needed a face that looked neither old or young. He also has a presence about him, an inner strength that radiates out.  He is noble and mighty but has a troubled past and an uncertain future.  So many elements make his character complex, I never thought I would find a face to match.

Imagine my surprise while watching Les Miserables in Concert when everything I had been looking for walked onto the screen and began to sing with a sensitivity and earnestness that brought tears to my eyes.  I’ve loved the music from Les Mis since I was a little girl singing along to cassettes in the car with my mom.  As I grew older that love grew into a keen interest in the history of revolutionary France.  In college I attempted to read the unabridged novel, but after three renewals from the library they wouldn’t let me check it out anymore.  I’ve since bought the book but haven’t yet attempted to start reading it again.

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Meet Alfie Boe, amazing tenor and star of the 25th Anniversary Les Miserables in Concert, playing none other than the unconquerable Jean Valjean.  His performance embodies everything I’ve been looking for in Jarand.  Whether or not he’s like that in person I will never know.

One day I hope you all will get to know Jarand and his story in my novel Stonebearer’s Betrayal.