So, unless you’ve been living under a rock or on a desert island with no wifi, you’ve probably heard of Pokemon GO, the mobile app that is sweeping the nations and probably has groups of random twenty-somethings wandering around your lawn at four in the morning trying to catch that darn Nidoran. I’ll admit, I’m guilty of the wandering as well. My sister and I grew up on Pokemon and now, to be able to go out and “catch” them in the real world… It’s SO much fun! It’s really bringing out the nerd in me.
I’ve never openly admitted my love for Pokemon, but the truth is it was a huge part of my childhood and one of the very first things to really spark my creativity. I loved the idea of these cute, beautiful, powerful animals hanging out and going out and learning about them. Granted, I’m pretty sure if I was a real life Pokemon trainer, I wouldn’t actually battle them or even train them. I’d catch all the cute ones and keep them as pets and love them and take them on adventures.
Last night, I was hanging out with my birds (my real birds, not all the Pidgeys that have flocked to my front porch), and I started thinking, “I wonder what my characters would be like if they were Pokemon trainers?”
This inspired me to try to find one of those websites where you can make your own character. You know, there’s a mermaid one, a Lord of the Rings one, a Disney one, etc… Well, I couldn’t find one. So I decided to attempt to draw the characters myself.
May I just say that although I enjoy drawing, I’m not very good at it.
I started with Mel Parker from Boy Band, simply because the new book just came out and she was pretty easy as far as drawing is concerned. I also knew almost immediately which Pokemon she would pick. So I made an attempt at drawing Mel with her Marill.
I had a lot of fun with it. I haven’t drawn anyone else yet, mostly because that one itty bitty drawing took me FOREVER. But I want to.
Until I actually get around to it, however, I have been giving some thought as to who my other characters might pick as their Pokemon.
Luke Rainer from Cemetery Tours is easy. He’d obviously have a Ghastly or a Haunter. He’s far too obsessed with ghosts to have anything else.
At first I was thinking Kate Avery from Cemetery Tours might have a Mew, because of her sensitivity and sense of wonder, but then I reconsidered and realized she’d have something more like a Persian. She’s a strong character. And that’s not saying that Mew isn’t a strong Pokemon (it totally is), but I think a Persian suits her a little more.
As for Michael Sinclair? He’d want something normal. He’s all about lying low and fitting in. I can see him with an Eevee. Or anything that wouldn’t destroy his apartment. He’d want a low-maintenance Pokemon.
Brink, on the other hand, would have something outrageous, like a Dragonite. The bigger and more destructive, the better.
Sam Morneau from Boy Band is very basic. He’d totally have a Pikachu.
Oliver Berkley, for some reason, I can see with a Ponyta. I think it’s because at first glance, Oliver is very meek and mellow, but he’s got a lot of spunk and fire in him. A Ponyta would suit him.
Josh Chaill would have a Jigglypuff. He wouldn’t want it, but that’s literally all he would be suited for. Sorry, Josh.
Jesse Scott, I can see with a Wartortle (is that how you spell it?). Not as cute and cuddly as Squirtle, but not as fierce as Blastoise. But it can still pack a punch.
Cory Foreman, I think, would have something awkward like a Doduo or an Oddish. He’s tall and awkward and the poor boy just doesn’t know what’s good for him.
His twin sister Joni, on the other hand, would probably have something like a Staryu. I don’t know why, Staryu just always struck me as such a no-nonsense Pokemon, and Joni is the same way.
Now as for me, the author, I would want an Articuno. I’ve ALWAYS wanted an Articuno because they’re pretty and blue and when they fly, they sparkle. And even though I don’t necessarily enjoy the cold, I was born in the middle of a snowstorm, so you know, it fits.
What Pokemon would you choose?