Friday, February 10, 2006

Little Red Riding Hood

You should all be used to my bargain basement, self-psychoanalysis by now and, if not, this will make an excellent introduction.

It started with this picture, which I decided to entitle "Little Red Riding Hood", thanks to the wool and fur coat I got in Korea which has now become my signature winter look (and it matches my luggage). But the idea of Red Riding Hood wouldn't get out of my head, nor the song with the same title, nor the lyrics of said song:

Owoooooooo!
Who's that I see walkin' in these woods?
Why, it's Little Red Riding Hood.
Hey there Little Red Riding Hood,
You sure are looking good.
You're everything a big bad wolf could want.

Then I recalled a conversation I had with Anderson and Ken, at YWAM Sam's Inn in Amsterdam, three weeks ago. I had been describing the ideal man, in my own opinion, to these two learned, married guys and Ken began to poke fun. "So," he said, "you like the 'tortured, lonely, rebel' types, do you?"

No. No, I don't. I proceded to come up with a list of perfectly decent characters from books and movies that I like, but Heathcliff in Wutherine Heights, X-Men's Wolverine, Commodus in Gladiator (no, I'm not joking), Hamlet ("Are you serious?" protested Ken. "He's such a whiner."), Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre and Batman/Bruce Wayne didn't really bail me out. Dark men, dark pasts..."tortured, lonely, rebel" types.

Those who know me well won't be surprised by this conclusion, in fact, they've been telling me all along. However, to realize, at the age of 25, that you still fancy the Idealistic Dark Knight (I mean, really, would Wolverine make a good father?) is a bit of a blow.

So I decided to come up with a few good qualities of these characters:
  • They are not affected or persuaded by what society dictates.
  • They are not shallow.
  • They chose to love women who are intelligent and strong-willed.
  • They love those women with fierce loyalty.
Perhaps I'm only trying to convince myself. Perhaps I'm tired of chasing desperados. Tortured, lonely rebels don't always have room to spare to love someone else as much as they love their own tortured, lonely, rebellious selves.

And besides, the first and only literary and cinematic man to steal my heart is Gilbert.

DIANA: Don't you ever mean to get married?
ANNE: Perhaps. If I meet the right one.
DIANA: What about Gilbert?
ANNE:
Gilbert's just a chum. I don't care for him that way. You know what my ideal is, Diana.
DIANA: Tall, irresistibly handsome, proud, and melancholy. But people's ideals change sometimes.
ANNE: Mine wouldn't. And I wouldn't care for any man who didn't fulfill them.
DIANA: What if you never meet him?
ANNE: Then I shall die an old maid.

8 comments:

Angela said...

You forgot Severus Snape, Hannibal Lecter and Colonel Brandon.

Sarah-Aubrey said...

Oh yes! Alan Rickman in general...how handy that he has that gorgeous voice.

Mark D said...

Hey, I love your blog! Found it from the comment you left on Andrew G's "Women" post. I think you have a good list of qualifications going there.

I have been to London once and thoroughly enjoyed it!

I went to Mexico with YWAM and was truly impressed with the organization.

Anne of Green Gables is a great series of movies. My wife has all of them and she made me watch the entire series one Saturday. Very long, but still very good.

Concerning your "tagged" post...you had me at Seinfeld.

I saved your blog in my favorites and will be back to read more. God bless!

Sarah-Aubrey said...

Hullo, Mark D! I'm excited to have a new post-er on my blog...and any friend of Gaz is a friend of mine.

Mimo said...

Ahh I like you already Sarah! Gilbert! He's stolen many hearts:-)
I like the good qualities you picked on men..Think I need one of those kind as well.

Mimo said...

PS Thanks for the offer!! I don't know if I am coming to Toronto anytime soon, but will definetily contact you if i do!

Kiki said...

gilbert x Darcy = the perfect man. good choice with Gil. oh anne, she never sees!

Jessica Heather said...

Oh the tall, dark and handsome types, I've gotta give em up or I may just die an old maid!
You are truly a long lost sister.
I love that you wrote this 4 years ago and you know why:-)
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