Edmond Dantes from
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
(shown here as played by Jim Caviezel)
As you may know, Edmond Dantes starts out the book as a happy, young 19 year old boy. His whole future is ahead of him. All is going right in his world, and it appears his life is going to be heaven on earth. But suddenly, that all changes when he is framed for treason, arrested and locked up in a prison from which no one has ever escaped. His life makes a full about turn and all looks bleak and hopeless.
But then stuff happens, and things begin to look up again! (I don't want to spoil things in case you haven't read this book yet! Is there even anyone out there who hasn't read it?) And then what he does with this second chance is what this book is all about. But that part I should save for an actual review I'm thinking!
So, back to the reasons why I love Edmond Dantes:
* his character is complicated and dynamic
* he exudes the very definition of "coolness"
* he is extremely charismatic
* he is confused and torn and flawed
* he is brilliant!
* on one hand his the good guy hero, and on the other he's the bad guy villain
* he is passionate and colorful
Yes, this is definately a character I love!
Here's a video I enjoyed that does a pretty fine job of highlighting him:
What character are you crushing on this week?