Thursday, October 7, 2010

Character Connection: The Girls of St. Trinian's

Hello fellow book bloggers, long time no read. I've been completely terrible in my upkeep of my beloved blog lately, and feel the deepest sense of shame for it. I do however have some legit reason's for my absence. My sister's getting married, so I've been so busy helping out in that area. Which mean's I've had little time to really read, I have finished two books however and hope to put the review's up sometime soon. Until then, I decided to do Character Connection's hosted by The Introverted Reader. Now there's some sorta Halloween contest with the CC going on down there, featuring baddie's from thrillers and horror novels. Well I've never been much of a fan of those types of books, and I don't celebrate Halloween, and I'm not sure if she'll count this part of the contest (which is fine really) but I thought I would write about my favorite baddie's currently.

Don’t you just love larger-than-life characters? The ones who jump off the page
and grab you? Whether you love them or hate them, you can't be indifferent to

I would love to know about the characters who just won’t leave
you! Most of you will probably post about how much you love (or loathe) each
character, but this is a great place for the more creative ones among you to let
go and have fun! Write yourself into a scene with Anne and Diana. Write a love
poem in elvish for Aragorn. Draw a picture of Harry obliterating Voldemort. The
possibilities are endless.

Be sure to post the book's title and author,
and be very careful not to give away spoilers while talking about how much you
love your characters.

They aren't your conventional baddie's, because well they aren't out for revenge, or world domination, or anything like that. They're just going to school like every other normal child. Or perhaps not quite. The girls of St. Trinian's are wild little hellion's who wouldn't bat an eye lid while pumbling their fellow calssmates with hockey sticks (and sometimes knives) and pulling pranks all around school, behavior which is not only condoned by the teachers and headmistress, but encouraged as well. The St. Trinian's were created by English artist and cartoonist Ronald Searle, in 1941, and are still popular today. I think the reason being is that for fans of dark humor like myself, it becomes even funnier in the hands of devious little schoolgirls. The cartoons where turned into feature films in the 1950's and remade in 2007. In the original cartoons the girls where not individualized and they didn't have names they were just one big straw hat wearing pack of trouble.

I am a big fan of the movies, the new ones as well they are funny and a great way to kill time. The main characters in the new movie's are catergorized into groups Chavs, Emo's, Posh Totty's, First Years, and Geeks. They are run by the head girl Kelly. They are fun, and cute, and pull some pranks, but I would have to say the original girls would call them ametuers.

The two that come the closest to their original counterparts though are the twin menace's Tara and Tania (in the picture far left and right)described as "Dolchester's answer to the Soprano's." They run the gambling, and make some dodgy alcohol that usually ends of making people pass out or worse die, and they unleash as much hell as possible. Basically the movie's are worth watching just for them. Anyway that pretty much ends my Character Connection. If you ever get the chance to get your hands on the St. Trinian original cartoon books, movies, and even the remake's don't hesitate to dip into their world.