Yesterday in this "Meet the Characters" series, I introduced you to our protagonist, Claire Baker. Today, it's all about one of our antagonists - or perhaps our hero, David (Davie) Hunter.
First and foremost, David is Claire's childhood best friend. He is described as the dark, somber-eyed boy who has grown into a dashing, if endlessly complicated, man. He's got a penchant for fancy things and speaks fluent French; he's a strict businessman who errs on the side of severity and self-restraint, and he's pretty damn fierce. Sound like anyone? Yep, David Hunter is (at least at first glance) our Hook. He's got some of that classic Hook-ishness about him, but let's set the record straight:
David Hunter has the benefit of the character that we aren't sure if we are rooting for or rooting against. He's dark, troubled, and sometimes frankly a pain in the ass - but he just loves Claire so damned much that it's almost impossible not to want him to win her over. He's that passionate type that will lift you straight out of a bathtub in the throes of desire (ahem) which is a little terrifying and a little tantalizing at the same time.
Of course, David's name is full of meaning. And, his is a bit twofold because he is referred to both as David and as Davie through the course of the book. Thus, his name (and his character) matures alongside Claire's perception of him.
David: is a derivation of an ancient Mesopotamian given name commonly assumed to mean beloved or friend, both of which are fitting for his relationship with Claire. In Modern Hebrew, David means Darling...which gives him an almost immediately link with the symbolic Darling name around Claire and the Pan story. David also carries a bit of a heroic aspect, with the whole David vs. Goliath mythology thing. It's a fitting name for an antihero with a heart of gold.
Hunter: like Baker, Hunter is an occupational last name. It is - obviously - typically assigned to one who hunts (oh, so loaded) and was reserved for nobility, which is fitting for our Captain.
As you might expect, David is not the halo-headed innocent type in personality, much less appearance. He's described as dark, brooding, and overtly masculine - everything Jake is not (which we'll get to later). He's got that bad boy thing down and knows how to shine himself up to get there, too.
Unfortunately, as spectacular a performance as Colin O'Donoghue gives as Captain Hook in ABC's Once Upon a Time, I didn't see the show until well after the manuscript was finished. Actually, finding a muse for David's looks was probably the most challenging, because no one seemed to be the perfect fit. He needed to be polished and simultaneously needed to have a certain amount of pent up emotion going on (a la Christian Bale in in American Psycho) but also just reek of something dangerous and delicious (and, you know, not psychotic). And, then I remembered Ian Somerhalder (as Boone from Lost and then on Vampire Diaries), and yeah, there was David.
So, who exactly is David?
Is he our Hook? Is he a Lost Boy? Is he a Darling (maybe Mister)? Is he Pan's shadow?
Like the other characters, David is multi-faceted and difficult to pin down. He's most definitely the dark side of our story, though his character doesn't merely represent a simple bad guy or antihero. He's perhaps the most tragically adult of the bunch and represents the primal side of emotions, wants, needs, and desires. Of the three primary characters, David is the one who bulldozed into adulthood before the rest. But, there is a soft, needing side to him, too, and he's potentially just as wounded as and untrusting as Claire is. The most fitting adjective I can give to our Mr. Hunter is caged. He is fighting himself, against the image he thinks he is supposed to be, and this makes him like (to borrow from Tennessee Williams ) a wild heart kept in a cage. What will happen when David breaks free?
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