Have you seen this explosion in "What __________ are you?" quizzes on Facebook? We love to be told about ourselves, don't we? Explain me to me, please, and do not charge me any money for it. Surely I'll have a whole new sense of self-awareness if I know which Friends or Golden Girls character I am. (My answers would be Chandler and Dorothy, respectively, although I was able to figure those out all on my own without the aid of a quiz. I don't know if that proves that I'm extra self-aware or extra self-involved.)
The only one of the Facebook quizzes I've done was Which Shakespeare Character Are You? which told me that I am Viola from Twelfth Night, which was a perfectly nice answer, except completely wrong. (Though I do like the answer in that Viola, when I saw Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in the Park, was played by Julia Stiles. I would not mind being labeled Julia Stiles-esque.) I like to think that anybody who knows both me and Shakespeare's works knows that I am Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice "mocks all wooers out of suit." She is fiercely loyal to the people she loves. Most importantly, she has a mouth on her.
Then again, maybe I just say that out of vanity because she's my favorite character from Shakespeare. Ditto Elizabeth Bennet of the Jane Austen women. (A totally unoriginal choice, I know.) I do think there's a fair bit of Eliza in me, although it's tempered with some of Sense and Sensibility's Elinor. Have you seen the Emma Thompson version? There's a scene wherein Marianne, Mrs. Dashwood, and Margaret all flee to bedrooms in tears and hysterics while Elinor calmly sits on the stairs, drinking tea. There you have the Elinor in me.
We've already talked about what color I think I'd be, so there's no need to do that quiz either, as far as I'm concerned. Or which President I'd be. I'm convinced I'd be a horribly ineffective president, but my heart would be in the right place. So, yeah, Jimmy Carter. And since I'm aware that I can be an insufferable know-it-all, my Harry Potter character seems obviously to be Hermione. Although she's much more of an over-achiever than I am.
I've seen friends take the Disney Princess quiz, but I'm not sure any apply to me. They all seem a little too doe-eyed. I guess Belle was pretty heavy into books, so there's that. And Jasmine had a little more chutzpah than the rest of the gals. I do believe that if I found a good-looking man with a magic carpet, I'd be his forever. On the other hand, I make it a practice to never wear midriff-baring outfits, to the benefit of all society.
As I sit here in bed, typing drivel on my Mac, it is awfully tempting to call myself Carrie out of the Sex and the City girls. Then again, she's really the only fully-realized character on the show, with the other three representing, I've read, parts of the female psyche (sex kitten, sweetheart, cynical bitch) so I guess the best you can do is pick which is most dominant in you. Cynical bitch it is.
I've been told both that the me of The Office is very clearly Pam and that, of the West Wing women, I'd be Amy Gardner, with overtones of Donna. I take these as compliments, so I'll just agree that they're accurate.
If I were a season, I'd be autumn and if I were fruit, Granny Smith apple. Sour. Very, very sour. Which probably constitutes far more self-indulgence than I should allow myself, even here on my own website. I hope you'll play along so I don't come off quite so poorly here. You can pick from the above categories or any of your own choosing. Goodness knows there are more than enough Facebook quizzes to give you ideas.
Indulge me, won't you? I certainly have.