The next morning I was up to my usual "Would you rather?" ways (a game that I happen to find very psychologically telling) and I began posing Anna some very serious questions. Would you rather be married to Lloyd Dobler or Joel from Eternal Sunshine. "Lloyd." Lloyd or (fill in the blank..I tried all of the male leads of her favorite movies) "Lloyd." Lloyd or....? Lloyd she kept saying every time! Somehow he just won every time. So finally I put him up against my precious..: "Lloyd vs. Tom (5dos)?" And would you believe it? She picked Lloyd again. I was shocked. She said that Tom was too whiny and self indulgent (don't even get me started on that Anna....besides hello some jerk girl just broke his heart! He was only that way while grieving, give the guy a break!)
So I said "So basically if you had the choice of any movie character in the world to marry it would be him?" She answered in the affirmative and was very loyal in her choice. Until the next week I reminded her of the existence of Ewan McGregor's character Christian in Moulin Rouge! So much for her commitment! So with that conversation and thinking about how awesome it'd be just to be with a perfect movie man I was reminded of the fantastic line (and overall plot honestly) in The Purple Rose of Cairo "I just met a wonderful new man. He's fictional but you can't have everything"
Then in my college years I found my real true fictional love(s). The first came in the year 2006 when I fell for one Jim Halpert. He's just got it all. Seriously. What a charmer. So hilarious and sincere. But it was not meant to be. There was another girl in his life who he'd always love more (and now they're happily married.) So yes....it would have to be Tom Hansen. He's certainly not attached to anyone! I would gladly pick up the pieces to his broken heart and empathize with the struggles he's been through. And I'd appreciate how great he is. Seriously, look how great he is (and who wouldn't want to play house with him in ikea?):