Have Your Say: Falling In Love With An Imaginary Person

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Have Your Say: Falling In Love With An Imaginary Person
Last week, Luc Besson shared some news about his movie adaptation of Valerian, and that took me back to the time I discovered the original French graphic novels from the early seventies. I stumbled upon those a few years after they had been published for the first time, a few pages each week in comic magazines. And a strange thing happened halfway through the first Valerian storyline: I fell for one of the characters. For the first time in my life, just prior to puberty setting in in earnest, I got a major crush on someone: Laureline.

Girls were still considered by me to be mostly icky, and the often sensual nature of the series didn't affect me much (or so I thought). But Laureline was just so damn cool! Literally the first time she meets Valerian, she's saving him instead of the other way round. Many subsequent rescues would follow. And she was upbeat, and funny, and crafty, and headstrong, and tough... And she was never EVER Valerian's inferior, spoil or property.
In fact, the series only ever scared me when Laureline was temporarily incapacitated. I mean, Valerian always bumbled in-and-out of every trap anyway, but for something to be able to hurt Laureline, shit had to become really real.

Fast forward nearly four decades, and I laugh at my infatuation. Still, getting a crush on a character in a book, or a film, happened several times more: once in my twenties, and even once almost in my thirties. I'll probably never get totally immune to it (and thank God for that), even now that I'm married, with two kids of my own.

So, with that in mind, here is the question of the week: did you ever get infatuated with an imaginary character? Who was he or she? What made him or her so special?
Chime in, in the comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!

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Luc BessonPierre ChristinJean-Claude MézièresCara DelevingneEthan HawkeClive OwenJohn GoodmanActionAdventureSci-Fi

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One-EyeMarch 29, 2016 12:37 PM

One that comes to mind is Linka from CAPTAIN PLANET. The cute Russian blonde.

Unflinching_EyeMarch 29, 2016 2:50 PM

Molly from Neuromancer when I first read it back in the '80s.

Ard VijnMarch 29, 2016 5:13 PM

Damn, yes...

Toussaint EganMarch 30, 2016 12:34 AM

Thinking back, I'm fairly certain that Daria Morgendorffer is entirely responsible for my taste in women. Smart, well-read, articulate, introspective, with a deadpan sense of caustic wit that you can't help but be impressed with even when you're on the receiving end.

As for books, Polly Cradle from Nick Harkaway's Angelmaker. Because she is single-handedly the hottest woman I have ever encountered in my entire life whose appearance exists solely within the confines of words. God. Damn.