Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Favorite Fictional Character --- Jonathan Switcher
Jonathan is the "romantic" lead in one of the funniest romantic comedies from the 80s, Mannequin. I guess if this was to come out in book form now, it would be classified as paranormal romance or other such nonsense.
Jonathan is a budding artist trapped in one dead end job after another but when he finally finds a job in the stockroom of a department store, his life takes off in a whole new direction. He quickly meets the lovely Emmy, who is a mannequin that comes to life, but only when it's just the two of them. Any time someone else comes around she turns into wood again.
Their teamwork quickly cements Jonathan as a fantastic window designer, one that uses artistry and ingenuity in his designs. The fact that that same teamwork leads to kissing and falling in love is where the hilarity comes into play. You can only roll around with a come to life mannequin for so long before you get caught up in situations you can't explain.
What I love about Jonathan though is that he doesn't care. He is unconcerned about what others are thinking of him. He falls in love and runs with it. He doesn't over analyze it, doesn't question it because it's not "normal", and he doesn't all the judgements of others to dissuade him from following his heart. He falls and love and just because it's not what is expected of him, he doesn't turn the other way. He goes for it and has the happy ending we all wish we could have.
He is someone that I aspired to be like when as a teenager I was dealing with my qualms about being gay. I quickly realized that I couldn't live me life to make others happy or to accept me. I had to live my life in such a way that I could accept myself and make me happy. In that regard Jonathan and I are on the same page.