July 31, 2012

top ten tuesday: character swap

Because even if I don't update with something personal, I like to give you something to read. And because this topic is the bomb!  This week we pick the top ten literary characters you would like to switch places with for 24 hours.  Here goes!  Thanks to Broke & Bookish for the topic!

1. Anne Edwards from The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Because Anne rocks.  She's down-to-earth, she isn't overly sentimental, but she cares, a lot.  And she gets to go on a space voyage. And she loves her husband.  Did I mention she rocks?

2. Ransom from Lewis' Space Trilogy.  He gets to go to Mars AND Venus.  Plus he gets to meet Merlin.  I mean, who doesn't want that?

3. Thursday Next from Jasper Fford's Thursday Next series.  Despite all her troubles, I would trade places with her in an instant.  And SHE gets to trade places with a fictional character, so I'm sure she wouldn't mind at all.  Getting to book hop would be a dream!

4. Meg Murry from A Wrinkle in Time by L'Engle.  People think I'm calm and collected and self-assured.  I'm not.  I'm so much of Meg.  I think trading places with her would be comforting. To know that her life (fictional as it may be) turned out okay, and mine just might as well.

5. Yelena from The Study Series by Maria V Snyder.  Not only is she pretty awesome, but she gets the awesome guy.  And I would love to be loved by Valek. 

6. Ivy (The Archive) from The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.  Ivy is a living encyclopedia.  To know everything that has ever been written down, ever.  And she's just a little girl.  But she has a special link to Dresden (the only one who ever gave her a name), and I would love to have Dresden fighting to protect me.

7. Pippin or Merry from The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien.  No, I don't want to be Frodo, are you crazy?  And Sam, well, he has such a hard road, and he breaks my heart.  But Merry and Pippin, they are just adorable.  They grow, they become great, noble hobbits.  Who wouldn't want to join the fellowship?

8. Anne Elliot from Persuasion by Jane Austen.  Anne is my favorite.  I am most like Lizzy Bennett, but Anne, she is the one that I feel like I could live her story.  To know that a man couldn't stop loving me after eight years no matter how he tried, well, that's a love I'd like to experience.  Oh yes.  And she does get that amazing letter. And the scene at the concert...be still my heart!

9. Beryl from On Fortune's Wheel/Gwen from Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt.  Both are from the Kingdom series, and I have a hard time picking.  I love them both because they are feisty, headstrong, apt to run off and do something crazy.  Both have to pay a high cost for their actions.  And yet, both end up content with life.  I'd like that. 

10. Bob from The Dresden Files by Butcher.  I know, I already picked a character from here, but Bob is Bob, and he's so wonderfully written, considering he is a disembodied spirit.  He's got spunk, he's got sass, and he's got a lot of scary know-how.  To hang out as him, helping Dresden, figuring out what he actually knows, that would be a riot.

And there you have it.  Ten characters I wouldn't mind being for 24 hours.  It's not the end-all list, but it's a fun start.  What about you?  Who do you want to switch places with?  Leave a comment and tell me!


Sarah said...

Fun choices! I was too scared to pick anyone from The Sparrow. You just never know what could happen in 24 hours on that planet. :P

stephanie said...

Of course I automatically think of children's characters. My top three are 1)Diana Barry. I couldn't be Anne, but I could be her best friend. Who wouldn't want to live on PEI? 2)Fern Arable when she's spending long days at her uncle's farm. 3)Mary Lennox after she's met Dickon and gets to spend her days bringing the Secret Garden to life.

Sara said...

Stephanie, excellent choices :)