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That’s rich

You learn something new every day.  I know I do.

Take Forbes.com.

When I think of Forbes, I think of lists — lots of ’em, all about money and investing.  The best colleges to attend to get a job.  The best companies to work for.  The best investments that money can buy.

Basically, they know a lot more about money than I ever will…and probably take it more seriously.  That’s it — I think of them as being serious.

Well, when I’m wrong, I’m wrong.

Turns out Forbes.com has a sense of humor.  In fact, they have an entire “Fictional” section of their website.  Fictional lists.  Fictional interviews.  Still in their wheelhouse of jobs and money, but purely imaginary.

Their latest is “The Forbes Fictional 15” — a list of the wealthiest fictional characters, based on info gleaned from the source material and valued against real-world commodity and share price movements.

They update the list every year — how have I missed this — and the 2011 collection includes characters old and new.  For example, Russell Brand’s new version of Arthur Bach came in at #10, but Beverly Hillbilly Jed Clampett is still holding strong at #5.

And who’s Number #1, you ask?

Well, last year’s t0p dog, Dr. Carlisle Cullen, the patriarch of the Twilight film saga, slipped to #2.  (Bella’s getting married; no doubt vampire weddings cost a pretty penny.)  Which means our new number one is an oldie-but-goodie…

Scrooge McDuck, estimated by Forbes.com to have a net worth of $44.1 Billion.

This fictional character biz appears to pay pretty well.  Wonder what ya gotta do to get that gig?

Friends o’ mine

A friend on Twitter — who am I kidding; she’s a sitcom writer that I follow — tweeted one night that she couldn’t sleep.  Instead, she was writing down the names of movie characters that she wished were real so that they could be her friends.

(That’s the kind of thing TV writers do.  It no doubt spawns great ideas for story lines the next day.)

So, I started thinking — what characters from fiction do I wish were real?  And immediately, my favorite book of all time popped into my head:

A Prayer for Owen Meany

I have never loved a book more.  I have read and re-read it and discovered something new each time.  It’s the book I would choose — if forced to choose just one — and Owen is the reason why.

Owen is real to me.  I can hear his damaged voice.  I can see his small, misshapen body.  I can feel his isolation from his frightened family and the immense guilt he carries every day after the freakish accident that kills his best friend’s mother.

I first read A Prayer for Owen Meany at a time when I desperately needed to believe that things in life happen for a reason.  Owen helped me not only to believe, but to accept the very hardest things — things I wasn’t sure at the time that I could survive.

I may not need Owen as much today, but I still want him around.  He’s one of my best friends.

Okay, back to Twitter.  Need to see what my pseudo-friend is yapping about today.