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Shortlist.com: The 40 Coolest Characters in Literature

Shortlist.com has recently compiled their list of the 40 Coolest Characters in Literature. I’ve got to admit, I was very happy to see a few of my favorite characters made it onto the list. However, there were a couple as to which I couldn’t help but wonder why they were shortchanged (who WOULDN’T want to get a pint with Stephen Dedalus?!) Alas, to each his own.

 

That said–what do you think of the list? Any characters not make the cut that you think deserved to be on there? Got any gripes with any of the characters currently on there? What exactly makes a literary character “cool”? I, for one, think it’s pretty damn interesting and–dare I say it–cool to see some of the best works of literary fiction ever presented on a very entertaining level. I’m a sucker for seeing the juxtaposition of entertainment and high literature!

So, what’s your opinion? Discuss!

 

 

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My year in ‘philosophical’ quotes

I’ve decided to put every single quote that I considered to be quite insightful into this blog post, a few of these are provided by my delightful friend Shannon (who didn’t mean to become so quizzical about everything she came into contact with) A few are provided by me (a lot were uttered whilst I was either drunk or high, don’t take some of these too literally for the sake of your good sense)

‘I don’t think love is difficult to understand, you know when you’re in love, lust is the most deadly of all emotions, it combines elements of everything you wish to escape Gluttony, want, sin and of course: Love.’

‘They call it the future because it’s not happening now, it’s neither the past nor the present, it’s the future’

‘Contrary to popular opinion life is the longest thing you will ever do, if you don’t like it, then you can remove yourself from it. But it is eternity that I am afraid of, forever; you can’t remove yourself from that, no matter how harsh it may seem’

‘I find the concept of time extremely puzzling. Take John (our history teacher) he has taught for 35 years, I haven’t even been alive that long. It is all very fascinating’

‘I’m pro-choice and the reason that I’m pro-choice is because I’m protecting the value and sanctity of human life, a penis belongs in the vagina: The opinions of men, religion and others do not’

‘I often try to forget the past, but sometimes I can’t help but cling on to it, I may have my future ahead of me, but the past will always look more convincing when it comes to being happy’

‘The reason I first tried drugs is because I was curious, the reason I continued to try drugs, was because I became even more curious of my limitations and boundaries involved with the trip. The reason I stopped doing drugs is because I ran out of money’

‘People in comas may as well be cauliflowers or some other form of vegetable and everybody hates vegetables’

‘People disgust me, but then I realise that Jesus died for them as much as he did for me and then I feel like I’m the unclean one’

‘If religion is so great why does it cause so many wars? But if Jesus is so great then why do so many people die because of these wars?’

‘Of course I’m still in love with them, have you ever seen somebody else’s heart beat so heavily with a suppressed aching? There must be a limit to how much the human heart can endure!’

‘Every time I fornicate it is fucking but I don’t give one’

I apologise for the ramblings of the inner workings of my mind.

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Happy Flash Fiction Day! – NEW ROLLING DEADLINE!

For those who might not know, today is the first-ever National (and International!) Flash Fiction Day!  Coined in 1992, the term “Flash Fiction” indicates very short stories usually created with writing prompts.  For all you could possibly need to know about Flash Fiction and the day itself, be sure to head on over to the National Flash Fiction Day website!

For more info and ways to get involved, read Flash Fiction Chronicles’ interview with National Flash Fiction Day founder/organizer Calum Kerr, check out all the awesome stories at FlashFlood and be sure to get some awesome prompts from  The Write-In! (NOTE: The Write-In Contest is now closed, but still be sure to go there to read all of the great stories and get some prompts for your own writing!) You can also follow along with Facebook and Twitter! And of course, I wouldn’t know about the day if it weren’t for the great people over at Every Day Fiction, so be sure to give them some love too!

EDIT: NEW LATER DEADLINE! While this is primarily a UK event, I’ve decided to get in on the Flash Fiction Day action as well! Indecent and Immortal will be hosting our own Flash Fiction Write-In! With a NEW ROLLING DEADLINE, feel free to send in your own fiction of anywhere from 150-800 words based on the writing prompts featured below! Any genre, any subject, any style and any perspective allowed and encouraged! All entries must be submitted to jamier.iib@gmail.com and will be featured on this blog once we get enough entries!

Here are your prompts:

Seasick nanny

Inexpressible doubt

Leather sofa

A peculiar noise

“Way to go, bastard”

Nosy children

A bad luck charm

A Dangerous Sex

“It will be a scream!”

Puny

Korean Barbeque

Collection of dusty old comics

The taste of your own blood

Cherry Motel

A moldy sandwich

Baroque Pop

“The position has been filled”

The Archies Greatest Hits

Paint-Your-Own-Pottery

Olympic-sized swimming pool

Sheep skin

Matchbox Car

Red red lips

An empty roll of toilet paper

Clay basin

Miniature poodle

Super Mario Brothers

No more rain

I need seed

Blister Kisser

Again,  submit those entries to jamier.iib@gmail.com! Be sure to add a little something about yourself (if you wish) or a link to your own blog/site to be added along with your Flash Fiction! And most importantly–have fun with it! Happy Flash Fiction day, everyone!

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