Winners, and winning characters!
May 10, 2010 § 9 Comments
The book giveaway winners, according to the draw done at random.org, are:
Charity wins POSSESSION by Byatt
Arti wins Peter Mayle’s HOTEL PASTIS
and, (drum roll) a third winner because I just had to add a surprise bonus book since several professed love of France…
Debnance, who wins MY LIFE IN FRANCE by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme!!!
(I’ve notifed each of you via email or your blog’s most recent entry to email me your address and I will get the books out this weekend.
Bravo to ALL who entered for your enduring love of books and your fearlessness in naming a character you wouldn’t mind playing for a day…or more?!!!
And here are the characters you named and of course the mention of some of them will send you flying to the library’s bookshelves, or your own, to re-read OR to discover just who they are!
EVERYONE GETS KUDOS (can we live on kudos? ok, yeah, a little bit, ’til ’til I can come up with some more books or other cool things.) Because your answers to the question ‘what book character would you be for a day if you could?’ were smart, witty, eclectic and just plain cool for so many reasons.
And here’s the heroine list derived from the commentors…
Elizabeth Bennett, our sassy smart heroine of Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE took top billing (mentioned by 3 commenters) as most likely to be chosen as “character I’d be for a day”) and as Charity asks, “would there be enough Mr Darcys to go around?” Yes, oh, surely, yes!
Norah Ephron of screenplay and I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK fame – She can write everything from smart essays to snappy screenplays to stuff about NYC.
Claire from Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series – a kickbut resilient character who is smart enough to take along some penicillin when she time travels.
Sookie Stackhouse from the Harris’s DEAD series – !!!! Geez, Sookie, pick a vampire, will ya’?
Scarlet O’Hara of GONE WITH THE WIND (need we explain the feisty dark-haired born-to-Tara heroine?)
Scout Finch from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Fess up; you thought about mentioning this one)
Ann Shirley of ANN OF GREEN GABLES (an orphan sent to a couple expecting a boy, but they keep her and oh, the stories that ensue and make us fall in love with Prince Edward Island, too)
Tuppence (Prudence Cowley) of Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence who appeared in several of her novels, including her first, THE SECRET ADVERSARY, in 1922. They begin as blackmailers and find it more fun to be detectives. Watch for them (and they age in real time in Christie’s books.)
Phyrne Fisher of the 1920sAustralia detective series by Kerry Greenwood (I told you there would be some books you would want to look into!)
Leslie Frost of FROST THE FIDDLER (a Bond-esque character. Chick lit? Um, not exactly. With zip, dash, death and drama!)
Any of Margaret Atwood’s characters (Atwood would choose, says Madeleine!)
Zoya from Danielle Steele’s ZOYA (a resilient Russian countess. Yes, you’ll love the ending.)
Sheila from the SECRET OF THE UNICORN QUEEN series (magic! parallel universe!)
Dagny Taggart in ATLAS SHRUGGED (a strong protagonist in a dystopian US, she will win her man)
and now, I’m going to scull around my bookshelves and treasure drawers for the next giveaway…in May.