This week's TTT (hosted at That artsy reader girl) is 'characters whose job I wish I had.' I've gone more along the lines of 'characters whose jobs I wish I was cool enough to actually do'. But same difference? I've picked from films and TV as well as books - because I especially love the sort of jobs that people only do in rom-coms. You know, the kind that seem to require a lot of day drinking and nice outfits, and make you enough money to afford a swanky flat in the city.
Police Sergeant: Catherine Cawood, Happy Valley
Bit different from a Rom-com career, but did anyone else watch Happy Valley and have a sudden desire to be a police officer? Labels like badass get thrown around a lot, but if anyone deserves them it's this woman. I would be a terrible police officer, obviously, and I expect in real life the culture is very lads lads lads. But this series still had me googling 'how to become a special.'
Illustrator: Chantry, What If
In this cute romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe (why hasn't Richard Curtis snapped him up do do more rom-coms? Why?) the main girl lives in Toronto, which looks beautiful by the way, and is an illustrator. She also has a very nice flat and hangs out with her friends knitting in cafes. Can I just have her life?
Opera Singer: Christine Daae, The Phantom of the Opera
I only really discovered Phantom of the Opera last year, but this girl makes me wish I could sing like that. Both Emmy Rossum in the film and Sierra Boguss from the live concert have really beautiful operatic voices, and normally I find that sort of singing does nothing for me. She also kind of makes me want to curl my hair.
Ship's Captain: Drinian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the Narnia book that I would most like to escape into. I got the closest I could to living the dream a couple of years ago, on a tall ship sailing weekend in Cornwall (definitely want to try the Scottish one one day too!!) but I did discover I'd need to get down the gym asap to be suited to that life. Basically I have no upper body strength at all, which is a bit of an issue when you need to haul up the mainsail in a high wind.
Businesswoman: Scarlet O' Hara, Gone with the Wind
Oh, to be a heartless bitch with a head for figures and a nose for business who doesn't give a damn what anyone thinks. Seriously though, when it comes to running a lumber mill I would be worse than Ashley.
Songwriter: Sophie, Music and Lyrics
What Drew Barrymore does in that film? I could do that! Hang around in a nice apartment all day, messing around on the piano and making up lyrics? Easy.
Theatre Actress: Pauline, Ballet Shoes
I love the way they write the acting scenes in Ballet Shoes, and in my head I'm Pauline, getting rave reviews in bit parts in Shakespeare plays. In reality I would definitely be more Petrova (and I!) but it's nice to dream.
Wedding dress designer: Elizabeth, The Parent Trap
A posh shop in London, a big house in a nice part of town and spending your days designing pretty dresses and supervising photo shoots? Yep. I'll have that one. The dad's California vineyard venture wouldn't be too shabby either...
Staging apartments: Anna, Leap Year
So basically all the fun bits of decorating, plus you don't actually have to live in the apartment so you can have more fun with it, try out different stuff, and you're getting paid to do it. Sounds good to me.
Trailer editor: Amanda, The Holiday
Firstly, any job that gets you that house is a winner. But editing trailers would be fun. And presumably you'd get to watch all the new films before they came out.
Which fictional character has your dream job?