Apr. 25th, 2017

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Meme answer time! For [personal profile] sovay, the L. M. Montgomery ‘verse.

the character I least understand

The Story Girl never quite gelled for me as a character. Compared to Emily or Anne or Pat, she just seems flat.

interactions I enjoyed the most

Honestly I think I will have to go with Valancy Stirling + the universe here, because Valancy just has no fucks to give and it is glorious. All the scenes where she starts standing up to her family, just by straight up telling the truth - EXCELLENT.

And of course there's that scene where she asks Barney Snaith to marry her.

the character who scares me the most

Teddy's mother in the Emily books always worried me. She's so creepily possessive; it would not have surprised me if she went all "A Rose for Emily" on her poor son rather than let him get married.

the character who is mostly like me

As much as I would love to say Anne or Emily, it is probably Pat of Silver Bush.

hottest looks character

Honestly I have trouble thinking of any Montgomery characters as hot (as opposed to pretty or beautiful) - but Anne, once her hair has turned auburn, is obviously the most beautiful. Although Anne would probably insist that it was Diana.

one thing I dislike about my fave character

How am I supposed to pick just one favorite Montgomery character? IMPOSSIBLE.

However, I read the Anne books first so probably I've imprinted on Anne the most strongly. But I can't think of anything I dislike about her, so that's not helpful.

I always thought that Emily's occasional psychic moments seemed super weird and out of place with everything else in her books, even though she is sometimes compared to an elf or other magical creature which really ought to have tipped me off. But the dream she has, especially, the one about Ilsa's mother who everyone thought ran away with another man - that seemed silly.

one thing I like about my hated character

I'm trying to think if there's a Montgomery character I straight-out hate. I have extremely mixed feelings about Dean Priestly, because he's a good influence on Emily until he is really really NOT, so while I hate some of his choices I don't think I hate him, exactly. If that makes sense.

Oh wait. There is Ilsa's father, though. I will never get over the way he ignores his daughter for years, and then it turns out his wife wasn't unfaithful, so he loves Ilsa again, hurrah! What a jerk. Uh, but I'm not sure he has a quality I like - he's not sketched out in much detail so there's not much chance for him to develop redeeming qualities.

a quote or scene that haunts me

The entire Dean Priestly plot in the Emily books - particularly the bit where he tells Emily that her book is rubbish, and she burns it and falls down the stairs on the scissors and spends ages wasting away in bed and then gets engaged to him in something like despair. WHY, DEAN, WHY? (This is a rhetorical question: I understand why, which is part of what makes it so horrible.)

a death that left me indifferent

I wasn't terribly put out when Valancy's friend Cissy died. Sorry, Cissy!

a character I wish died but didn’t

I don't think I would wish death on any Montgomery characters - not even Dean Priestly despite his flaws. He went elsewhere and is probably learning important life lessons and certainly eating his heart out about how he destroyed the most important friendship in his life (with Emily) by being such a jerk, which is clearly a better punishment for his faults than mere death.

my ship that never sailed

I've always been partial to Anne/Diana. And I really wanted to ship Emily/Ilsa, but Emily doesn't go on and on about Ilsa's loveliness, or sit in the window weeping at the thought that someday Ilsa will get married, or otherwise go on about her the way Anne does about Diana, so I just didn't see it.


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