Born between July 23 and August 23, Leos are the kings (and queens) of the jungle. Natural performers who are fond of the limelight, Leos can frequently be found on Broadway and in Hollywood. A Leo’s M.O. is to make an impression, and that they do. Though generous, enthusiastic, creative, and loving, they can also be pompous and overbearing, but mild manners rarely make a leader. We suspect these literary characters were born under the sign of the Lion.
Anna Karenina (Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy)
Anna knows how to do one thing very well, and that is to take center stage. A lover of love, Anna (at first) practically bubbles over with enthusiasm and sincerity. She yearns for a more open-minded existence and draws others to her, most notably Vronsky. In her later, socially imposed isolation, however, she becomes overbearing, demanding, and irrational toward both her husband and her lover. Finally, in desperation, she resorts to the most theatrical stunt of all—in front of a moving train.
Willie Stark (All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren)
Leonine Willie Stark is the ringleader of this political circus. A “man of the people,” he’s certainly got the charisma and love of the spotlight of a Leo. Motivations that are born of generosity and justice, however, are soon polluted, until Willie is just another imperious politician playing dirty. But, man, you’re gonna hear him roar.
Neely O’Hara (Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann)
Oh, yes, we’re going there. In this 60s pop classic, attractive and ambitious Neely O’Hara, with a little help from her “doll” friends, rises to Hollywood stardom. Once there, however, she proves to be more difficult than Lindsay Lohan on arraignment day. Her once bright, promising star is not just eclipsed, but plummets to earth in a ball of fire fueled by arrogance, self-involvement, and alcoholic vapors.
Sadye (Dramarama, by E. Lockhart)
Tall, charistmatic, commanding Sadye (née Sarah) Paulson wants so badly to be as talented as her gay, black, and fabulous best friend, Demi, but she’s just…not, and that lays the groundwork for conflict in this YA drama camp story. No doubt Sadye is enthusiastic about theater and loves her BFF, but her ‘tude could use a little adjustment, which is, eventually, what is written in the stars.
Who are some other Literary Leos we might have missed?