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We like oyceter's version of the meme better.

Five Fictional People I Wanted to Be During Childhood/Adolescence: (in roughly chronological order)

1. Alec Ramsay
2. Aslan (Hazel the rabbit was a runner up for this slot.)
3. Menolly of Harper Hall
4. Jareth the Goblin King
5. Illya Nickovetch Kuryakin

I have always had a little bit of a problem with this whole gender role thing, apparently. Never mind figuring out what species I was.

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Ilya. Good choice. Excellent choice.

Catherine
As you can probably tell, there are several of these I'm not quite over, yet.
Yep. I've never gotten over Napoleon or Ilya. It's kind of an odd idea, but if you could take the best of the both of them, and build one man...sigh.

The I Spy men were pretty all right too. I liked Kelly and Scott.

Catherine
I love I Spy, too. And they're available on DVD!
Alsan never interested me as a character, but Hazel! *sigh*
The mastiff I have now is a good deal like Aslan in personality, only much less condescending.
Wow! All my favorite characters!

Well, except I wanted to be King Edmund the Just if I couldn't be Aslan. *G*
I waffled. I think Aslan had the slight edge over Hazel because he could kick ass.

But Hazel was just great. I still love those brave, ordinary characters.
I wanted to be Fiver. :-)

And after reading the Lord of the Rings, I wanted to be Pippin.

I wanted to be in Alec Ramsay's shoes, but I wanted to be a more interesting person than he was. I didn't particularly care for him as himself, especially not till the later books, but damn he had a cool life.
Aw, Alec was a nice kid. And redheaded and stubborn and headstrong. I liked him fine.

The horses were a bigger selling point, though....
Oh, you know it.

I SO wanted to be The Girl.

I have the complete set of books that were written by Farley himself. None of the "other" stuff. *ick*

I really liked the first movie, too.
Mmmmmm..... Jareth.....

Hidden Talents

Lubar's "Hidden Talents" is one of my favorite books --- even more fun than "Holes". At one point, the bully of the piece has to write an essay on, "What I Like About Being Me". He writes:

"What I like about being me is that if I wasn't me, whoever was me instead would be beating me up right now."

I didn't so much want to be any of the characters I read about as feel that I WAS those characters, while reading. I enjoyed being Kjelgard's animal characters, Lucy in the Narnia books, Alex in the Black Stallion books and all sorts of others, including Mowgli. Later I preferred to imagine my own new characters so I could be a step-daughter to Robert Vaughn in 'It takes a Thief' and an alien girl in the Star Trek universe...
Alec Ramsey! I loved that book. Well, it was a series, but I only loved the first one.
I think it's Nikolaievitch, since Niko isn't a Russian first name.

For those who care, Russian names, while apparently confusing, and used with no rhyme, nor reason are straightforward.

Imya = first name. Usually a saint.

Ochestva = patromymic. All children of the same father have the same patronymic, though it will be tailored to the sex of the child; e.g. Aleksandrovitch/Aleksandrovna.

Familia = family name.

In addition one will have a diminutive, e.g. Mikhail becomes Misha. For odd reasons all diminutives are feminine in ending, and some female names are the same as some diminutives. This is annoying, but not important; until you have to decide if Galya is a man or a woman, without evident context (at this point one egages in grammatic deconstruction of case endings, sometimes in different sentences. Russian is kind of like algebra sometimes).

Usage

Full name

Mikhail Sergeyivitch Gorbachyov

If I encounter him in a business/professional capacity, I will call him "Gospuhdin Gorbachyov."

If we are introduced, relative position may also make me call him that. I will ask for him with the honorofic "gospuhdin" if I call on the phone, or seek him from his secratary.

If we are acquainted I will call him, to his face, Mikhail Sergeyevitch.

If we are friends I will call him Mikhail, at times, in fits of bonhomie, or as a gentle ribbing; or perhaps as gentle censure, I may revert to using both names.

If we are close friends, or family, I get to call him just Mikhail. At some point I will get to call him Misha. This is always allowed for family, though it may not always be appropriate. Time, and means of acquaintance will determine.

If we are really close, (parents, grandparents, lovers, chums for decades) it may be all right to use hyper-diminutives, e.g. Mishulka, i.e. "little Misha."

So, reading Tolstoy one can now know, immediately, on the first appearance of a new character, what the relationships are.

TK
*g* I'm Ukrainian. I know how Russian patronymics work.

But apparently Illya's got fucked up at Ellis Island, where they also seem to have mis-spelled his first name a bit.

"Nickovetch" is wrong, but it's the character's name.
My thought was that you must really have wanted to be him if you remember his middle name. I bet I knew it in my days of having a crush on him, but it certainly wasn't anywhere in my brain storage at this remove.
I also just rewatched the entire run of the show (along with several years' worth of The Avengers and I Spy) as research for One-Eyed Jack

And I hang out on the MfU fan lists and communities.

It's a tough life, being me.
I wanted to be Menolly so bad that I prayed every night to be reincarnated in her book when I died. I even prayed for a sign that my wish would be granted...and it happened! So as far as I can tell, I'm going to be her in my next life.

My 6th grade self still holds out hope, at any rate.

I just wanted to marry Ilya.
I didn't like her any more once she stopped being a wild girl. But I also hated the end of Swiss Family Robinson, where they get rescued. And all those fairy stories (Narnia, Oz, etc) where you have to go home at the end.

I wanted them to stay marooned forever.

Always more Peter than Wendy, me.
Going home at the end was the one annoying thing about Red Moon and Black Mountain.

---L.
I think it's so interesting seeing who strongly identified with their own gender and who didn't in childhood! I was always of the mind that if there was no cool female character, I would not like it. Either that, or I would make up a cool female character to stick in -- the beginning of many a Mary Sue!

Ooh, I forgot. I always wanted to be Susan from Narnia because she carried a bow. Er. I very much have a type. I was always irked that Lucy just got stuck with some healing draught thing. And then I was even more irked when bow-carrying Susan grew up.