After the serious nature of my last post about graphic novels, I decided it’s time to lighten up and show my frivolous side again. Ever heard of the 2003 fantasy movie, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”? (If not, see the video trailer below.)
[WARNING!!! RED ALERT! SPOILERS AHEAD! TAKE ALL APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONS!]
This movie assembles a collection of famous characters from different novels: H. Rider Haggard’s Allan Quatermain, Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer, Bram Stoker’s Mina Harker, H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man, Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde and Ian Fleming’s “M”. The League saves the world by battling evil leader The Fantom (later revealed to be M and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Professor Moriarty) and Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray.
Although the movie was a bit cheesy for my taste, I thought the idea of assembling all of the literary characters as a Victorian age superhero Justice League was an intriguing concept. All of the characters in the movies have distinct personalities, thanks to the talented actors that portrayed them. It was fun to watch them get used to each other (some are more feisty than others) and learn how to work together.
If I had my choice, here’s the book characters I’d pick for my own League:
1) Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt or Al Giordino. Both resourceful and flippant in the face of extreme danger. You’d know they would find some way to save you from trouble and make you laugh afterward.
2) The Sackett family created by Louis L’Amour. Both the men and the women in this family are highly capable people. Plus, all of the Sacketts stick together so you’d immediately have backup when needed.
3) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Although Sherlock’s got an attitude on him, he’d be the brains of the group.
4) Baroness Orczy’s Sir Percy Blakeney, a.k.a. The Scarlet Pimpernel. Sir Percy’s a master at fooling people and elusive, so he’d be the one to baffle the bad guys and lure them to their defeat. (“We seek him here, we seek him there”….)
5) Hermione Granger of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. She’d make a good sidekick for Sherlock Holmes, don’t you think?
6) Katniss Everdeen of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy. Katniss is a survival expert (!) and handy with weapons, especially bows. Enough said.
Blog readers, who would you pick for your own league of literary characters?