Today I have Gina Damico, author of Croak, to share about a bit about her favorites. I asked her what her top ten favorite characters were and here are her answers!
1. Lilo, Lilo and Stitch
I can't recommend this movie enough. It's gorgeously drawn, it's downright hilarious, and Lilo is one of the weirdest, most awesome kids in a movie ever. She makes voodoo dolls of her classmates and feeds fish in the ocean with peanut butter sandwiches. I want a child exactly like her, right down to the grass skirt.
2. Jack Bauer, 24
If you're looking for the badassiest badass on the planet, forget Chuck Norris. It's Jack Bauer all the way. He will do whatever it takes to keep our country safe. He will gouge your eyes out with a pen. He will spend a year in a Chinese prison camp. He will electrocute you with a floor lamp. HE IS OUR NATION'S MOST VALUABLE WEAPON AND WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HIM.
3. Benjamin Linus, Lost
Oh, Ben. I want to marry you, no matter how evil you are. Those beady little eyes, that twitchy nose, the way your lip curls up when you're scheming. The myriad of scars all over your face from the fists that beat you up on a weekly basis because you're so awful. Please don't ever change. I love you so much, you terrible little man.
4. Arya Stark, A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
I would like to audition for the role of Arya's new big sister. Sansa doesn't appreciate her. Sansa HATES her. But I would love her, and I would play wooden swords with her, and then real swords with her, even though she would kick my butt. And then we would be best buds forever and you'd all be super jealous, admit it.
5. Jerri Blank, Strangers with Candy
I have the profoundest respect for any female comedian who is willing to make themselves look batshit ridiculous, and so I think Amy Sedaris pretty much wins at life. Jerry is so disgusting and weird and a walking disaster, and all I want to do is shake her hand, even though it's probably covered in drugs.
6. J.Lo, The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
If you haven't read this amazing MG novel yet, go do so right now. I'll wait. Because what you will find is the most adorable alien – sorry, Boov – in the whole universe. He's smart, he pluralizes words that have no business being pluralized, and he turns out to be a great friend to Gratuity, who is a pretty amazing character in her own right. Did I mention it's amazing all around?
7. Wall-E, Wall-E
As someone who feels lost without any dialogue to write, the prospect of writing an entire movie with hardly any speaking at all makes me go right into dry heaves. But Wall-E does it, and Wall- E himself runs the gamut of emotions so well and so heartbreakingly, I think he's a more fully developed character than many others who can't shut up.
8. Gollum, The Lord of the Rings
Poor Gollum. He just wants some jewelry! Okay, so he's a little on the obsessed side, but we all have our weird things, right? And okay, he has a bit of that split-personality thing going, but who among us doesn't? And he likes to lure unsuspecting Hobbits to gigantic killer spiders…okay, I guess he's not totally blameless. But he is all gangly and rad.
9. Eric and Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights (the TV series)
I'm cheating here by picking two, but Coach and Tami Taylor represent the best portrayal of a loving marriage I've ever seen, anywhere. Of all time. Period. If you watch any given scene with them and you're not either laughing or crying by the end of it, you might want to go get your soul checked, because it is broken.
10. The entire cast of Arrested Development
Well, now I'm really cheating. But can you blame me? I can't pick just one out of this ridiculously talented ensemble! The main cast is amazing enough on its own, but then there's also Ann Veal, and Steve Holt, and Mr. F, and Bob Loblaw! BOB LOBLAW'S LAW BLOG!
Anyway. Thanks for having me, and happy