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This round we asked: If you could bring to life one character from your favourite book, who would it be?
I would choose teenager Anne Frank, a brave German girl whose diary was based on her experiences hiding from the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during the second world war.
Anne, who died aged 15, was a victim of the Holocaust – the murder of millions of Jews by the Nazis.
As a small child, she fled Germany with her family to the Netherlands in 1933. But they were trapped after the Nazis took control of that country, and they went into hiding in 1942. They lived in hidden rooms in her father’s office building for two years before they were caught. Anne, her sister and mother died in a concentration camp. Only her father survived.
I want to bring this girl to life because she had so much courage. Her diary, which was published after her death, shows that, despite the tough situation, she stayed positive. She treasured everything and lived a simple life – she had a piece of bread as a meal, studied alone, wrote in her diary, and just enjoyed being with her family.
Life for today’s young Hongkongers seems so difficult. Yet most of us have what we need. Only a slice of bread for breakfast? No problem. A textbook for our studies? No problem! Because life is so comfortable, we don’t appreciate how good it is.
If I could bring Anne to life, she’d teach us how bad it was to live under such harsh conditions. And we’d learn an important lesson, right?
It would be Constance Contraire from the children’s novel, The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart. Constance is a grumpy little girl. She grumbles all the time, demands sweets and likes a good nap. And her greatest achievement is not agreeing to do anything.
Why bring Constance to life, and not Reynie, Sticky or Kate, who are all smart, knowledgeable and adventurous people? You might think Constance will pose a new burden on society. I don’t think so.
Constance may be cranky and stubborn, but don’t misjudge her – she is only two years old! Two-year-olds usually crawl around and play with toys. But Constance, whose parents died in a train crash, is very intelligent and can write poems. She also has the ability to predict the future, and read other people’s minds.
I want to bring this girl to life because I believe she can do great things when she grows up. With the genius Mr Benedict as her guardian and teacher, she can use her gifts to make the world a better place to live.
Most importantly, with assistance from the Mysterious Benedict Society, she can help the world’s population defend themselves against Mr Curtain, Mr Benedict’s evil twin brother.
Just remember: without her, there wouldn’t be any Mysterious Benedict Society.
If I could bring one character to life from my favourite book, it would be Lou Suffern from Cecelia Ahern’s novel, The Gift.
I believe he’d be perfect because he is a realistic person. Lou, a busy, working man, gradually “grows up” during a life-changing journey. If he came to life, it would allow people to connect with him and understand him easily.
The novel deals with every-day issues and problems. In the beginning, Lou ignores his family; he is a typical workaholic. He never keeps his promises to them, and feels that they should be grateful to him for giving them a good life.
However, he does not understand the true value of family life until he meets Gabe, a homeless man. Gabe makes him realise how precious life is.
With Lou among us, he could reach out to people and help them reflect on their lives. He might even help them improve their relationships with others, like Gabe did for Lou.
His story could inspire Hongkongers, and give them a chance to discover true happiness. Many people nowadays focus too much on their career, and tend to forget the importance of friends and family.
Remember, as we grow older, our parents grow older as well. We have to show that we care about them. Family should always come first, no matter what.
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