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Thursday, 10 June 2010

Character Connection: Elizabeth Clarry

Character Connection is a weekly meme hosted by Jen @ The Introverted Reader.
This is our chance to tell the world about a character that we love in whichever way we want. More information about this meme can be found on Jen's blog.

The book: Feeling Sorry for Celia
The author: Jaclyn Moriarty
The character: Elizabeth Clarry

Summary from Goodreads:
Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth Clarry. Her best friend Celia keeps disappearing, her absent father suddenly reappears, and her communication with her mother consists entirely of wacky notes left on the fridge. On top of everything else, because her English teacher wants to rekindle the "Joy of the Envelope," a Complete and Utter Stranger knows more about Elizabeth than anyone else. But Elizabeth is on the verge of some major changes. She may lose her best friend, find a wonderful new friend, kiss the sexiest guy alive, and run in a marathon. So much can happen in the time it takes to write a letter....

Elizabeth Clarry is a warm and comic girl. She can cook the most amazing meals. She even manages to successfully make a Lemon Souffle on her first attempt. Personally I wouldn't know where to begin. Cooking is not in my repetoire of skills.

Elizabeth also loves to run long-distances which I find a little bizarre but very admirable. I have never been one to over-indulge where exercise is concerned.

Her parents are divorced and she is trying to develop a relationship with her estranged father (who tries too hard). I can definitely relate to that! I remember back to when my dad left my mum and all those meals out... At least I can assure Elizabeth that it gets easier.

Elizabeth writes letters to a girl at the local state school as part of her English teacher's mission to develop links between their schools.

So this got me wondering...what five things would I tell a stranger in a letter?

This is what I came up with:
  1. I would confess to the huge mistake that I made at work just before half term which still makes me cringe when I think about it.
  2. I would recommend that they read Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles and everything that Jaclyn Moriarty has ever written because she is amazing.
  3. I would tell them that to date my work-in-progress is now at 82953 words but I still wouldn't tell them what it's about.
  4. I would tell them that hubby has promised to take me to Boston next year for a holiday and that I'm planning on buying a whole suitcase worth of books to bring back and so will be saving up to pay for the extra baggage allowance.
  5. I am learning through blogging that I like a much broader range of books than I ever believed possible and I love my bloggy friends for that and all the support they give me.
What would you tell a stranger in a letter?


IntrovertedJen said...

I sometimes wish that we still wrote personal letters. I love personal emails too, but there's something about opening my mailbox, seeing my address hand-written from someone, tearing open the envelope flap and then taking a first glance at the contents that just can't be replaced in email.

What would I tell a stranger? Good question. Sometimes it's easier to write to strangers than family and friends. I'm sure my love of books would work its way in there. I'm not sure if my blog would because I'm pretty shy about talking about it. I would probably talk about my husband and how great he is, as well as the places that I've been or that I dream of traveling to.

I'm with you on the cooking and the running. Those are not things I am good at.

Great post!

This Miss Loves to Read said...

Elizabeth seems to be a great character. She seems to be the sort of person that I would love to know myself! Great job at describing her. Also, I like the things you would tell a stranger in a letter. I have no idea what I would tell them! I am shy about sharing personal things about me with strangers, but I would definitely tell a stranger that I love books and if I won a lot of money, I would spend it on books.;)

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I always loved having penfriends when I was little - and in a way, I still do. I write to readers and bloggers all the time! So... I would tell The Bookette (not a stranger, but an online friend) that I love her post and I completely share her love for Elizabeth Clarry and for Jaclyn Moriarty's books in general!

Daria Hlazatova said...

it's easier to tell strangers about something that you can't often tell to your close friends.
Your character inspired me to try and make lemon souffle!! :)

Sullivan McPig said...

I'd probably tell about my blog and about the countries I hope to visit one day.

Robby said...

Is it sad that I have never written a real, real letter. Or maybe I have, I've just forgotten. I need to. I would love to.

Lauren said...

I had an Australian penpal when I was a teen. I mostly just asked her for updates on what was happening in Home and Away. Now, I'd probably just tell them five jokes. Laughter is win.

I love this post. I already wanted to read this book, and now I know I'm going to love Elizabeth.

Oh, and Boston is lovely. I've been in winter and summer, and I would definitely recommend going when it's warmed up a little because the winter trip was the coldest I've ever been in my life. Don't forget to take a day trip to Salem!

Nina said...

This character sounds amazing. It's true that I haven't written a letter in a long time, and if I had to write one to a stranger, I probably wouldn't know where to begin. But I would tell the stranger about my blog and how I love to read. I tell him/her about the amazing books I read and recommend a few. I would also tell them about my life and my internship. The ups and downs of life and that you shouldn't give up on your dream even when things get pretty hard!

P.s. I like this post a lot. :)

Becky said...

I LOVE the comments on this post. I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to write them. Sometimes character connections are a little challenging and I don't know what to write. It really is nice to know that these recommendations interest people.

Jen, I agree sometimes it is much easier to tell a stranger a problem. They are less likely to judge you as they have nothing to compare it to.

This Miss, yep we are all loving books. I wonder if book lovers are more likely to be letter writers...

Luisa, I love sharing my love of Jaclyn Moriarty with you. It feels me with such joy.

Daria, I am so impressed. You made Lemon Souffle. I wish we could have seen a picture.

McSullivan, you could always tell me about which countries you want to journey to.

Robby, I think you would make an excellent letter writer. You are such a thoughtful person.

Lauren, I shall tell hubby we must put salem on our list of destinations. I can't wait for you to read this. It is extraordinarily brilliant.

Nina, I like your message. Dreams are what life is all about. Thanks for reminding me. It came at a very apt moment. I'm really pleased you liked the post too!

I Want To Read That said...

I'm thinking I really need to try a Jaclyn Moriarty book ASAP....

Becky said...

Sammee, you most certainly do!