Top Ten Tuesday (5): Trading Places
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they have a new topic for bloggers to make a Top Ten list out of. I’m a huge fan of lists, so this meme is right up my alley!
This week’s Top Ten list is: Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours. But the only one I could come up with was basically any character from Harry Potter so that I could go to Hogwarts for a day.
So… I’ve decided to do the opposite. Here they are, in no particular order, my Top Ten Characters I Wouldn’t Want to Switch Places With:
Seriously. I LOVE this series and I’d love to be a part of that magical world, but man, who would want to go through all the shiz he goes through? Who would want to live knowing that some psychopath WHO CAN FLY AND DO ALL THE MAGIC wants you dead? No, thanks. Don’t get me wrong–I’m still going to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and get my wand and pretend to be a part of that world, and continue to wish it was all real until the day I die. But since I’m actually like 6 months older than Harry Potter, I probably would have been smack dab in the middle of all that stuff when I was 18. Um, no thanks! (Oh, and BTW, today is Harry Potter’s 32nd birthday! Yes, I am that big of a HP dork!) ;)
Another series I love, but who would want to live in Panem? Not me. And who would want to go through those Games and then win only to become a pawn in some kind of war? You won’t see me volunteering any time soon.
This is my favorite read so far this year and yes, who doesn’t want to go to the ball with the handsome prince? But–who would want to be an outcast cyborg who is treated as a second-class citizen by everyone including her family? And who would want to be anywhere near that Queen Levana???? I would not want to be in her glass slippers. (My review of Cinder.)
Along the lines of the others I’ve listed, Tris has to deal with WAY too much stuff at her young age. Yeah, it would be cool to be as brave as she is and it would be super fun to go down that humongous zip line if I wasn’t so scared of heights, but I’d never want to be in the middle of that crazy war. (My reviews of Divergent and Insurgent.)
I wouldn’t survive in a world without love. That’s just something I couldn’t do. So of course I’d be one of the Invalids and their life isn’t very pretty. And it seems like a war’s a-brewin’ so yeah, count me out. (My reviews of Delirium and Pandemonium.)
Some of my friends LOVED the Twilight series. Some of them hated them. And some of them were like me–we found them entertaining but we neither hated them nor loved them. And yeah, it would be kinda cool to be a Cullen-kind of vampire, but I would NEVER want to be Bella Swan. First of all, she really annoyed me, especially in New Moon. And second of all, I wouldn’t want this wolf guy hanging around, not getting the picture that I’m not ever going to choose him. And I definitely wouldn’t want some guy to sneak into my room at night and watch me sleep. No creepy stalkers here, please!
This girl has the worst luck. I mean, really, how many people die around her? And yeah, she gets lots of hot guys but they all seem to screw her over. So even though I’d want to be around to see Amelia’s ectoplasmic reconstruction spell (which I really hope they put in True Blood), I wouldn’t really want to be Sookie.
Just like I wouldn’t be able to survive in a world without love, I don’t think I’d be able to handle having an arranged marriage. And I also wouldn’t be able to handle living in a world where girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages. Plus there’s that whole dying-in-your-twenties thing in this world. No, thank you. (My reviews of Wither and Fever.)
This is perhaps the only character on my list that I would never even entertain the thought of trading places with. Sure, some of the other characters would be cool to change places with when they’re having good days, but Winston Smith never really has any good days. A lot of people spout off that they think our government in the US is turning into the government in 1984, but if you simply read this book you’ll realize that our government is nowhere near Big Brother. Thank God.
This is kind of a cheat because Louie Zamperini isn’t just a character–he’s a real man. He has lived one hell of a life but I wouldn’t have wanted to trade places with him. Well, maybe it would have been fun to trade places with him when he was a rebellious kid but I’ll gladly stay away from living through wars, being stranded in the Pacific with sharks swimming underneath your raft, and being physically and emotionally tortured in a POW camp. (My review of Unbroken.)
I guess, in all honesty, I could trade places with most of these people for a day and I probably wouldn’t have to deal with everything they dealt with. But I think I’ll stick to living vicariously through the books.
What about you guys? Who would you want to trade places with, or who would you NOT want to trade places with? Let me know, or leave a link to your TTT in the comments, and I’ll stop by your blog!