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Have you ever met or seen someone who just stands out? Not necessarily in an obnoxious way, but maybe they just have a little more character right up front than most people. A good way to know the difference is by looking at celebrities. For instance, Beyonce is well-known and eccentric in comparison to the rest of us but she doesn’t interest me to my core like Tim Burton or his lovely bride, Helena Bonham Carter.

So I have listed ten colorful celebrities I think could have been brilliant book characters. These people take on a life of their own in our minds. We wonder about them. Why are they so interesting? What is a day like for them? It’s as if they’re a work of fiction.

Helena Bonham Carter

So many of the strange characters Helena has played I feel probably aren’t much different from the actress’s real personality. Her wild hair, extravagant hats, and gothic style set her apart from the rest.

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Tavi Gevinson

Blogger and actress, Tavi Gevinson lives her life like the characters in the books she so loves. She’s a Wes Anderson ingénue meets Pollyanna.

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Tom Cruise

I think Tom Cruise probably isn’t a real person. Just think of how his life is truly stranger than fiction. He seems to live the charmed life, beautiful women, that smile, and then you throw in the scientology and all the rumors surrounding it and things just get even more surreal and wacky.

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Tilda Swinton

If the dictionary had an image next to the word ethereal, Tilda Swinton would be featured. Her strange elfish features, and her spiritual air makes her seem like she lives on a whole other plane of existence.

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Taylor Momsen

Momsen may seem like an odd choice but her transformation from our little Cindy Lou Who to a less dysfunctional Courtney Love is fascinating. She reminds me of a comic book character, and her attempts to shed some light on issues around the world through her musical fame has been controversial but admirable.

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Tim Burton

Maybe it’s that mad scientist look. Burton’s fashion sense and film style seem to go hand-in-hand.

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Sofia Coppola

Her quiet and frilly writing/directing style loves the life and mind of the teenage girl, and all that growing up as a girl entails. She sees that we’re colorful and strange during that time. She’s an observer.

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Lisa Loeb

You’re right, it might be the glasses. Lisa Loeb was so 90’s New York – the broadway, Caroline in the City New York, not the Sex and the City New York. I feel like she probably loved Cathy comic strips.

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Zooey Deschanel

Zooey just seems like the coolest person ever. That hair, her dresses, and the fun roles she chooses, not to mention her name is Zooey – one of the best book character names.

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Mia Wasikowska

Burton’s Alice is close to falling in the same category as Tilda Swinton, though a bit more down to earth. She has actually played two of my favorite book characters: Alice and Jane Eyre, but I think Mia is quite something all on her own.

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