Personality Type: INFJ. So me.
Famous INTJ’s: Lex Luthor, Michael Corleone, Thomas Jefferson, C.S. Lewis, Bruce Wayne, Gandalf, Sherlock Holmes, Professor James Moriarty.
What do you love most about yourself?
I can pull something spiritual out of almost anything — walking the dog, watching a blockbuster, even on rare occasion doing the dishes. Not that I do that much — the dishes, I mean. When you run out of spoons, that’s when you do dishes.
What would you most like to change about yourself?
That would come down between banning depression from my life, which I struggle with frequently, or being more outgoing and not as tongue-tied in public. I don’t socialize easily and can’t “light up a room” simply by being in it; that makes me wish I were an extrovert.
Favorite Fictional Character & Why:
Sherlock Holmes! When I read his mysteries at twelve years old, I fell head over heels for him. I admired his intelligence, his eccentricities, and his asexuality. I appreciated that unlike most literary detectives, he was not all about “wooing” women while saving them. He just saved them.
(Doctor Who is a close runner-up, though… and he must be included, since he’s inspired by Holmes.)
Name one possession that you absolutely love:
My home is full of things I would hate to part with… memorabilia, gifts people have given me, but my most recent favorite is a set of rhinestone-embedded measuring spoons with engravings in the stainless steel. I love them. They’re gorgeous!
If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
C.S. Lewis, because I think it would be wonderful to have tea with the man who created Narnia. I think he had one of the greatest minds of the last century and it would be amazing to listen to him talk. I’d pick his brain on theological matters, ask him to explain some of the things I can’t understand in his more serious books, and just… bask in meeting him.
Tell us three of your “guilty pleasures”:
- Vampire movies (and yes, that includes Twilight)
- S’mores (oh, so bad for you)
- Lady Gaga music (… no regrets)
Name one thing (book, song, movie, item) you wish you had thought up first:
I’d like to have invented Discworld, Terry Pratchett’s zany place full of unforgettably snarky characters. Where else do swear words pop into creatures out of midair, you might run into a zombie and a vampire on your way home from work, and Death on occasion takes a much-needed holiday?
Share several of your favorite quotes with us:
“Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde
“Someone wants to kill you… everyone who has ever met you, I imagine.” – Sister Act
“Let them grumble. This is how it’s going to be.” – Anne Boleyn
“Maybe I am the villain of the story.” – Lex Luthor, Smallville
“I’m not a psychopath. I’m a high-functioning sociopath! Do your research!” – Sherlock
“Hello, Inner Child. I’m your Inner Babysitter!” – Susan, Hogfather
“He isn’t a tame lion.” –The Chronicles of Narnia
“I’m a mature and responsible adult!” “There’s just a bunch of wavy lines.” “Yeah, finally a lie too big.” – Doctor Who
What memory is the most special to you and why?
I have one recollection of my grandma showing me how my grandpa’s blood pressure taker worked when I was little. It shrank around my arm and hurt, so I screamed bloody murder. Pop (Grandpa) said, “Oh, Irene, let her go… her parents will think we’re murdering her.” It’s a special memory to me because it’s the only one I have of Pop.
Who is your favorite actor / actress? What was the first film you saw them in?
This is hard, because I really love a lot of the talent on display both now and in the past. But if I had to choose…
Stephen Dillane. I first saw him in Firelight when I was too young to fully appreciate it as a film, but it wasn’t until his performance in John Adams as Thomas Jefferson that I started paying attention. I greatly admire his ability to bring a sense of gentleness and maturity to his characters — even the less-likable ones, like Stannis Baratheon.
Cate Blanchett. Often, what I think of an actress has a lot to do with my perception of the first role I saw them in — for me, that was as Gertrude in An Ideal Husband. I loved the character so much it seeped over into my appreciation for Cate… and has grown by leaps and bounds in the years since. I got to see her as Gertrude, then Elizabeth I, and then Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings. But nothing can top her impersonation of Kathryn Hepburn in The Aviator. That was jaw-dropping genius.
My runner up, however, is…
Keira Knightley is hated because she’s in just about everything, but I’ve always liked her. And I’ll continue to like her as her substantial collection of work grows. I first saw her in Princess of Thieves, way back before anyone knew who she was.
“I would never get tired of talking about…”?
I think you can exhaust just about any topic if you discuss it long enough, but some of the ones I rarely get tired of are..
Titanic: I’ve been obsessed with this ship since I was fourteen. I’ve read just about every book there is out there about her, seen every miniseries, movie, and docudrama, listened to copies of the inquests after the sinking, and can point out the flaws in every adaptation. If it has anything to do with the ship or her passengers, I love it.
The Lord of the Rings: This movie trilogy BLEW MY MIND. It opened me up to the symbolism in fantasy and gave me an entirely new appreciation for film. I spent three years exploring the books and films from a scriptural perspective, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for Tolkien.
Victorian literature: Dracula is all about the evils of the time, seduction and feminism; Jekyll & Hyde is man’s attempts to repress evil; Frankenstein is a cautionary tale about playing God. If you look beneath the surface, just about every classic novel says something about the era in which it was written.
The Tudors: I’m not talking about the Showtime series, although I also loved that. I know the most about Katharine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, and Queen Mary, but also a fair amount about the rest of the wives and Lady Jane. There are things I like and dislike about each one of them, but for the most part, I don’t think history has been kind to their memories. =P
If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
Some sort of big cat… probably a Bengal tiger. I’m crazy about cats, so having one bigger than a house cat would be FABULOUS. You know, as long as it doesn’t eat me.
One miniseries or television show everyone needs to try out at least once:
Murder Rooms, a little-known BBC series based on the man who inspired the creation of Sherlock Holmes. There’s only five episodes, including the pilot, but it has terrific acting and tackles many of Doyle’s better-known cases from a new and interesting perspective. Plus, it has the ever-wonderful Ian Richardson in it.