Don Draper

I was inspired by Carolina Valdez Miller at Carol’s Prints after she posted about book boyfriends. For the longest time, I’ve been planning to do a post on Don Draper and her post was a perfect reminder.

It’s been a while since I became involved with a character. Not since my high school days, when I ran wild with Fox Mulder from the X-Files, have I enjoyed the company of a fictional man. Not until Don Draper…dazzling, tall, dark, handsome, witty, womanizing, scotch-drinkin’, cigarette-smokin’, suit-wearin’, secret-keepin’, copy-writin’, new york city man of mystery…Don Draper. Can I get a long Jane Austen female protagonist sigh? Thank you.

As I watch the 3rd season of this series, I find that my love goes beyond his charismatic smile, his intense gazes, and mysterious daydreams. I am also impressed with the hand that created him. I’m convinced that we haven’t seen a character on television with such depth since Tony Soprano hit the tube and, lawsie me, at least this one looks damn good.

But seriously, the more I see of this show, the more I am impressed. If you want to witness an amazing character study, get thee to a netflix and watch away. Even secondary characters are full of nuance, full of tremendous complexity. I am simply in awe. I feel compassion for the most repulsive characters. Even slimy-haired Campbell begs to be loved.

If you write character-driven stories, I hope you’ll check out this show. It’s Characters 101 for writers.


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