50 shades of white

It’s been snowing and I’m loving it, mainly because the snow reflects the little light we have making it so much easier to endure these grey winter days.

In other news, my soul sister Denise* shared a question on her blog today that piqued my imagination: if you could play a role/character in a movie film, who would it be and why?

You’ll have to head over to her post to see who Denise chose. My immediate thought was Ripley in the Alien films (played by Sigourney Weaver) as she was so strong and resourceful and kick ass! Exactly how I want to feel right now. Had you asked me last year my answer might have been different, but right now Ripley is where I want to be.

Who would you choose? Tell us who and why in the comments below!

* Here’s the video conversation we recorded last year for my virtual book tour — Denise is on page 121 in the book  :D

30 responses
  1. Marcela

    I was thinking about The Bride, in Kill Bill, or the character played by Mélanie Laurent in Inglorious Bastards (yes, I love Tarantino)…it could also be Professor McGonagal in the HP movies, or Julie Delpy’s character in Before Sunset…can’t decide :)

  2. Briana Morrison

    Frances in Under the Tuscan Sun. She follows a dream on a whim and creates a beautiful, fulfilling, and adventurous life for herself. She finds love and doesn’t give up on making her new life work.

    I would love to have her courage and determination right about now.

  3. Janice

    I would like to play be Renee Russo’s Catherine Banning opposite Pierce Brosnan…
    Acting in a movie opposite Pierce Brosnan would be enough for me, but Renee’s character is a smart, beautiful, sexy women in a man’s world and she doesn’t always play by the rules. I would love to be all that!

  4. susannah

    MAN, these are all awesome picks, ladies! <3

  5. Shandi

    I’d play Vianne, from Chocolat. I love how free-spirited, intuitive, and sensual she is.

    Or Elizabeth Bennet, from Pride & Prejudice. I like her independence and wit.

  6. susannah

    right there with ya ;-)

  7. jane

    oh Shandi stole mine… Lizzy – in the BBC version with Mr Firth – the frocks, the witty gutsiness, the scenery, the hairdoes, the sauntering in gardens with trugs, Mr Firth, a sister like Jane to talk to, Mr Firth, Mr Firth in a wet shirt….

  8. Elaine

    I watched The Only One with Zac Efron last night and I would like to be the leading lady in that and be rescued from my life and a little romance :).

  9. Phoe

    Thinking about this, I come up with the same answer I had when I was 8: Sarah from Labyrinth. It’s dancing with David Bowie in tights. Cannot resist.

  10. Missie Sue

    I would enjoy playing Nina from Black Swan. The melodrama, the dancing, and the Rodarte costumes are such guilty pleasures for me.

  11. patti scanlon

    I also would say Frances in Under the Tuscan Sun. follow my dreams and hopes and pave a path that is mine with unending amount of courage and determination and strength.

  12. Rebecca

    I love this question – I want to ask everyone I know! My immediate thought was – Meryl Streep in Out of Africa – aka Isak Dinesen. The adventure, the strength of character, Robert Redford…

  13. Yvonne

    Went and stood in front of my DVD collection, and the one that spoke to me was Brad Pitt’s character in Ocean’s Eleven. Which, is weird him being a male and all.

    He’s confident, unfazed, funny. And gets to eat throughout the whole movie which makes food look fun to me.

  14. Yvonne

    Second choice: Sandra Bullock’s character in Practical Magic.

    Earthy, and funky, and ultimately powerful.

  15. Paula Johnson

    The first thing that come to mind is Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) in Eat, Pray, Love…when I first read the book I thought – OMG I could have written this and then with the movie came out there were parts in there that just moved me so much…I’m in the middle of my ‘journey’ trying to ‘find’ myself and plan to travel to Bali and India this year to help with the process (not because Liz did it, but because I have connections there)…BUT, I also like Frances in Under the Tuscan Sun – taking a bit risk and going for it! AND Vianne from Chocolat because she is ‘different’ than the norm and not afraid to be who she is!

  16. Eileen Weigand

    I just watched Chocolat recently and I love Viane- magical, independent and fierce. A force to be reckoned with!

  17. patti scanlon

    I have been putting much thought into this and find it interesting that Frances(under tuscan sky)and Elizabeth (eat pray love) are popular picks. What is it that happens in our mid ages(late 40s) that make us dream of new paths and self discovery so much. Is it because we spent so much time self sacrifice with kids and husbands that we are tired and need to take care and explore again for ourselves? What do you think Susannah? Anyone?

  18. Vicki

    I have to agree with all of you “Vianne” lovers out there. She is strong, sexy, magical and independent. I would love to be like that!

  19. Gina

    Bette Davis as Margo Channing in “All About Eve”. Gorgeous, mature, smart and tough, with a surprisingly soft heart.

  20. Catherine Denton

    Ana in Stranger Than Fiction; she’s ruthlessly honest yet tender and pursues her dream.
    Catherine Denton

  21. susannah

    i’d say that yes, that is probably exactly it, love :)

  22. Mary in VA

    You already are Ripley! I would be Natalie Portman’s role from Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium. When she begins to believe in herself she finds her own magic that makes the toystore come to life.

  23. Maya

    Kahu Paikea, the main character in Whale Rider. I can watch this film over and over again. I cry every time. I can so relate to how unseen, unheard and misunderstood she feels, and then to how she finally takes her place, in life and in their tribe.

    Great Q, Susannah and Denise! ox

  24. denise

    there you go…correcting my american words again. : )

    i LOVE love love you madly. you’re totally Ripley, dude. FACT.

  25. Lovelyn

    That’s a difficult question for me. I don’t have an answer, but I wanted to say that the snow looks lovely. It makes me miss England.

  26. Zarina Ávila

    Ana Scott, the main character in Notting Hill. I need feel this kind of love right now.

  27. EllieB

    Ripely appeals hugely. I would never have thought of her but yes, gustsy and kick a**.

    Any of the lead female characters from ‘Bonneville’. Adventure, sisterhood, a little innocent mischief.

  28. a Kelso

    So I have to tell you this. About a year or so ago, I was reading Artiful Blogging. I saw the work of Kim Klassen and have been following her beautiful sentiments and photography. I even signed up for her Beyond class. I read each post and intend to do the work, but life and passing has taken more time than usual. However, her blog led me to you. I bought your book, this i know, which I read cover to cover and so enjoyed your photography. I bought the polaroid book too. I have so much I want to do. I’m like a race horse just itching to get out of the gate. (And did I mention I’m 59 years young?) Anyway, your last post sent me to Denise’s blog. There in the About section, the last picture is by Tara Whitney. She and my son-in-law have done photo shots together. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her yet, but I will….Back to your book. Just as my mother-in-law died, two amazing things happened during all the chaos. I applied for a grant to teach writing to adults who have had loved ones die. My grant was accepted, and I started my work this month and will be doing it for this year. The second thing is that I have met and joined with a group of women writers who are so different and at the same time nurturing. I’ve been writing for decades, but for the first time, it’s consistently on my mind and in my fingers. One can only imagine where this will all lead, especially when you think about all the changes of the past year. How small a world is it anyway? It’s so wonderful to find like minded people (women especially) like you, Kim, Denise, my Writers Ignited group who understand the desire to create, live fully, and be more than the sum of doing. I have many friends, but most just look at me and seem to say, “Who are you?” At my age I won’t wait anymore for opportunities to come my way. I’m making them happen. So from a blogging magazine to Kim to you to Denise to Tara…we are all in this adventure together. I love knowing I have soul mates around the world. Thank you for sharing.
    PS I would be Baroness Blixen of Out of Africa. Adventure, love, independence, travel…it’s all so rich and wonderful. I see someone agrees with me.
    PPS London looks cold but beautiful. I haven’t been there since 1975. Time to visit again, maybe when it’s warmer. I am from San Diego after all. I’m a weather wimp. :)

  29. susannah

    we truly are all connected! I love reading this so much xo

  30. Krista

    Can I choose a TV person instead? :-) I love Phryne, from the Phryne Fisher mysteries. She is brave and beautiful and sassy and sexy and vulnerable and kind and she knows herself and she loves quirky people and she hopes for goodness even when she sees the badness. I like her very much.

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