My Favorite Fictional American Heroes

In honor of the 4th of July I want to tell everyone about my All-American Heroes, people that honor the American Spirit in their own special way. This list ranges from the serious to the silly but all of these people are heroes in their own way. 

1. Atticus Finch, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

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There is a reason why Atticus Finch is number one on AFI’s top 100 heroes, actually there are about 100 reasons! I can sum it up in one quote (very hard to do mind you because he was so full of wisdom!); “Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” The courage to do what was right by Tom Robinson was the backbone of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the example that he set for Scout and Jem was the heart of the story. If any of you haven’t read this story go pick up a copy yesterday and read it and be prepared to cry. 

2. Batman/Bruce Wayne

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Batman is an All-American badass! His character was able to take his childhood trauma and turn it into an incentive to rid Gotham City of injustice. The way that he was willing to give up his life for his city, a city that hunted him like a dog, is the selfless sacrifice that our country was built on. 

3. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully “The X-Files”

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Teaching us that “the truth is out there” and to “trust no one” by chasing down aliens and government conspiracies all while keeping us entertained with their witty banter and intense sexual chemistry. 

4. Charlotte York/Goldenblatt “Sex and the City”

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Never has there ever been a more blindly optimistic person on television then Charlotte York-Goldenblatt from “Sex and the City”. Her faith and knowledge that love conquers all and that everything will be alright was something so admirable that someone as optimistic as me is just a little jealous. 

5. Scarlet O’Hara “Gone with the Wind”

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Say what you want but there are very few women who could have done what she did to survive the Civil War. Yes, she manipulated and used her feminine wiles to get what she wanted but technically isn’t that what our nation was founded on? People using their strengths to get ahead in the world.

6. Sam Witwicky “Transformers” 

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Say what you want but the boy made friends with the Autobots, became best friends with Bumble Bee (another Autobot), and helped save the world from the Decepticons he is a true American Hero. Side Note: Geico doesn’t cover Decepticon attacks so when you’re shopping for insurance you may want to take that into consideration.

7. Ricky Bobby “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”

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Ricky Bobby is another example of how someone who grows up in a less than ideal situation becoming a successful NASCAR driver. Ricky was raised solely by his mother because his father was “out racing cars, and, well, dipping his wick in anything that moves,” according to her. He took that childhood experience and became a famous NASCAR driver with his best friend and, really is there anything more American then that?

8. Holly Golightly “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” 

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Only in America could a small-town girl named Lula Mae Barnes from Texas reinvent herself and become Holly Golightly toast of New York City. She is the American dream personified.

9. Bryan Mills “Taken”

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He’s the badass American father every girl hopes her daddy becomes if she’s ever kidnapped and sold into white slavery. The lengths Bryan Mills went to for his daughter are the lengths we like to think that every father would go to, to save his little girl.

10. Forrest Gump “Forrest Gump”

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Football hero, war hero, ping pong hero, shrimp boat captain, only in America! Forrest Gump took what most would call a handicap and turned it into an invaluable asset. He is what is right about America. 

And so there you have it, my favorite All-American fictional heroes. Feel free to comment with your own heroes! 

Getting Caught Up…

So I’m very behind on my 30 Day Blogging Challenge so here I go with my next topic…

Think of me… (things I’d like to be remembered for)

1. Remember me as an eternal nerd. From Batman to Doctor Who I love the things most people would consider very nerdy and even though it took me some time to accept it myself  being nerdy is totally ok. 

2. Remember me as always glass half-full. No matter what I can’t ever not be optimistic.

3. Remember me as always being the friend you could call at 3am no matter what.

4. Remember me as the girl who loves her animal babies more then life itself.

5. Remember me as someone who loved history so much that I often felt like I should have born in another time period.

And there you have it, things I’d like to be remembered for.  

The Satisfaction of a List

So I’m not really a list maker (to-do or otherwise) but when I saw this prompt I had to do it, so please forgive me if I ramble.

10 Best Books Ever Written (Or Books I’ll Make my Daughter Read to Keep Her from Becoming Bella Swan)

1. To Kill a Mockingbird– The relationship between Scout and her father Atticus is amazing and the kind of relationship I think every little girl should have with her father. The story of Tom Robinson’s trial is heroic and heartbreaking all at once and it is clear to see why Atticus Finch is considered one of the greatest heroes in literature.

2. Pride and Prejudice– Jane Austen’s most well-known novel is one of my favorites. Elizabeth Bennett, Austin’s feisty heroin, is someone I think any girl should aspire to be. She refused to conform to what society wanted and wouldn’t settle for the first man who proposed to her instead choosing to wait until she found love on her own terms.

3. Charlotte’s Web– This is the book that made me want to become a writer. My love for this book can be summed up in one quote; “Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” I have a deep fear of spiders but I put that all aside for Charlotte’s Web.

4. A Time to Kill– I will admit that even though I read this book in early high school I really gained a new appreciation for it when I read the John Grisham used “To Kill a Mockingbird” as his inspiration. In my mind I kind of believe that Grisham was seeking justice for Tom Robinson’s unfair verdict.

5. The Hunger Games Trilogy– I liked the character of Katness and the fact that she pushed herself to be so strong and to lead a revolution. The more personal reason for choosing this series is because I read it at a time when I was so depressed that it brought me back out of my shell.

6. A Light in the Attic– Really what can I say about Shel Silverstein? I have always loved his poems whether they’re happy or sad, and the illustrations make it 100 times more entertaining!

7. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare– They’re classic and eternal. A must read for anyone.

8. Atonement– An amazing story that shows the reader how a false accusation can change the course of an entire family.

9. The Great Gatsby– F. Scott. Fitzgerald captured the roaring 20’s so well with a story that is still relevant today.

10. The Yearling– a book both my grandmother and my mother made me read but by the end of it I was glad I’d read it. A must-read for anyone from Florida and after you read it you have to visit Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ home in Cross Creek, Florida.

And there you have it, some of the greatest books in my opinion. Feel free to comment and tell me some of your favorites.