Friday, March 1, 2013

The L. M. Montgomery Personality Method

Little nerdy fact about me: I totally use LMM characters as personality labels for everyone in my life. Myers-Briggs is great; analyzing the four temperaments is wonderful...but I think we need to seriously consider a new method consisting entirely of pegging someone to Maud Montgomery’s invented characters.

I, for example, am half Emily and half Jane (of Lantern Hill). My husband is nearly pure Hilary Gordon (I contest that Hilary is at least one and a half times the man Gilbert is...which is saying a lot). My friend Emily is 100% Pat. I always thought my friend Mandy was a rare combination of Ilse and Emily. My father-in-law is Matthew Cuthbert. My daughter Lucy--at least at the moment--has got an awful lot of Anne Shirley in her. Sometimes I take a strange comfort in knowing that some annoying old busybody could really turn out to be a well-meaning and self-giving Mrs. Lynde.

Do you find yourself, or people you know, in LMM characters? Or maybe characters from other books?

6 comments:

  1. Ahh!! I do that all the time!! Not with LMM characters, but in every book I read, I "find" people that I know, haha :) Have a nice day!

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  2. While I don't know the LMM characters well enough to do this, I love the idea of interpreting personality with characters! So clever.

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  3. Love! And now I need to go brush up on some characters...

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  4. Having only read Anne of Green Gables, I'm not up on all the other LMM characters. But I love your idea. And I do tend to compare people I know to the characters in whatever book I'm reading.

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  5. I'm a huge Keirsey Temperament fan, but this is intriguing. I don't know the characters other than Anne well enough, though, and when I took an online quiz about "which LMM character are you?" and it asked my age, I knew this wasn't going to be about the best personality match. Age has nothing to do with it.

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  6. I do this too! Well, it's pretty easy in my family. I am Emily (95%, with maybe I think a bit of Diana and then some Kilmeny), my dad's pure Aunt Elizabeth, and my mother is Aunt Laura.

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