I started another Germany class today. Instead of the usual line of questions (which I actually kind of missed for wanting to know who my classmates were and where they came from and why they're in Munich), we had somewhat more esoteric questions, one of which was "Who is your favorite novel hero?" I couldn't think of anyone at the time, and figured most of mine are so deeply embedded in genre literature* that my international classmates wouldn't know who they were, so I said "Harry Potter". A girl from Spain laughed at me. Guess I should have said Frodo Baggins (even though he's not my favorite character in LotR), so I'd've sounded like I have more gravitas. Oh well.
*Since in retrospect I'd probably have said Miles Vorkosigan, or Caz from the Curse of Chalion, or Turtle from The Westing Game.
My teacher is kind of a hottie, though, and looks young enough that he might've just rolled off the university wagon. He's very charismatic, and has absolutely stunning blue eyes...