Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Favorite Fictional Character --- Sue Ellen Crandell
What's a 17 year old girl to do when her mother leaves the country for the Summer leaving a iron fisted babysitter in charge of her and her 3 younger siblings? Even if she can figure that out, how is she supposed to cope when the babysitter drops dead?
Well if she is Sue Ellen Crandell, she stuffs the body in the trunk of a car and drops it off at the morgue, then she tries to have fun only to discover that being the one in charge isn't all fun and games after all.
When the food runs low and the cash disappears Sue Ellen is forced to get a job to make ends meet. After a failed attempt at fast food, she bluffs her way into a executive assistant position with a uniform supply company. Using her wits and a lot of luck Sue Ellen quickly becomes an asset to the company and even ends up coming up with the brilliant idea that will save the company.
During that Summer, Sue Ellen fell in love and did a lot of growing up. She earned the respect of her boss and got the younger kids to act as a cohesive loving family. She whipped the family into shape and discovered herself along the way. When the Summer starts, Sue Ellen is a little selfish and overly impulsive, only thinking of what she can get out of the Summer. By Summer's end, she is a confident, matured young woman who is starting to figure out what to do with her life after high school. Of course it didn't hurt that she found a cute boy to share her time with.
Sue Ellen is the perfect example of the American teenager on the brink of adulthood who finds themselves having to grow up in ways they never imagined. The fact that she does it with a style and wit of her own makes her a character to be remembered for generations to come.