“Shaken, not stirred”. Yes please! A big congratulations to Ian Fleming for creating such an amazing fictional in this British Secret Service agent. While the character was developed over the course of 12 novels and two short-stories I believe his real notoriety and place on the top of my list is due to the many attractive actors who have brought 007 to life over the course of twenty-three films. Mr. Bond, James Bond you may come rescue me at any time and if you brought me a martini at the same time I would not be sad.
When I first read the description of the story of the girl with the glass slipper as a folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward I wanted to simply cross it out. No, this is a story about a girl who meets her prince charming, falls in love, and lives happily ever after, however, I do understand the social relevance. While the story dates back to the first century B.C. for me, and for most American’s, I associate Cinderella with the 1950 Walt Disney film. I do have two favorite adaptations though – Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella musical starring Brandy and Drew Barrymore’s Ever After.
This legendary British leader of the late 5th and early 6th centuries may have led the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders but to me he is just the little boy who managed to pull the sword, Excalibur, from the stone. Growing up, especially having a younger brother, the tales of Arthur, his knights around the round table, and his adventures in Camelot were legendary.
The 16-year-old protagonist of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye has become an icon for teenage rebellion since the book’s publication in 1951 and it only makes sense that as one of the most important characters of 20th-century American literature that he make the list. The novel still ranks in my favorite books and I whole heartedly agree with TIME, he belongs on this list.
When I first watched Rocky I assumed the movie was based on a true story and as it is such a heartwarming tale I still wish it was true, but alas, Rocky is a fictional character. His role as the everyday man who started out with hard work and determination which led him to overcoming obstacles and developing a career as a professional boxer is one version of the American Dream. The story is amazing but there is nothing quite as good as that feel good moment when he reaches the top of the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You go, Rocky!