Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Top Ten Tuesday REWIND
Happy Tuesday! I'm linking up today for Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks prompt is REWIND: pick any of the previous topics that you want to do again or that you may have missed. Since I just started the link up last week, there are quite a bit of them I could choose from. I decided to pick the prompt from January 28th: Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In OR Top Ten Characters I'd NEVER Want To Trade Places With. I am going to focus on the characters one.
So, without further ado, The Top Ten Characters I'd NEVER Want to Trade Places With:
1. Draco Malfoy - Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling)
Draco is one of my favorite characters in the HP series, but I also know that I would never want to switch places with him. He has to deal with a lot of pressure throughout the whole series, and I do not think that I could deal with having the parents that he had. Along with that, he always had to worry about getting the consequences of his parents messing up with the Dark Lord. He is pulled into things when he is too young, asked to do too much, and ultimately spends most of the late part of the series terrified (and no one can blame him for that!). At least he is very nice to look at, thank you Tom Felton!
2. Isabella Swan - The Twilight Saga (Stephenie Meyer)
This one is more because of the world that Bella happens upon, and not because of her actual character. The Twilight series was okay, and I liked Bella's character well enough; however, I am not sure I would enjoy living in a world of vampires and werewolves. Along with that, she has very few people that she can speak openly to about everything since they have to keep the whole vampire thing as a secret. I suppose later in the series we could relate a bit more, but I would not want to be Twilight or New Moon Bella.
3. Charlie Scorsoni - The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is, by far, one of my favorite books. Chbosky certainly wrote a masterpiece with this one, but I also know that I would not want to switch places with Charlie, at least in most aspects. I love the way that he eventually falls in love, but there is so much more than he has to deal with. I do not believe that I could deal with everything the way that he did (and he wasn't always great at it!). Despite all of the difficulties, he is still incredibly charming, and it's hard not to love him. I just wouldn't want to be him!
4. Peeta Mellark - The Hunger Games Series (Suzanne Collins)
Poor, poor Peeta. Throughout the whole series I feel pretty awful for the boy. In The Hunger Games, he is obviously devastated when his name is drawn at the reaping, and he goes through the whole thing knowing that there is a very good chance that he will not be the one to come out alive. In Catching Fire, he struggles with getting closer to Katniss, despite knowing that she might still not love him. And in Mockingjay he has to deal with being brainwashed and tortured by the Capitol, and then is unable to stop himself from wanting to kill the girl he loves once he is rescued. I pity the boy, and I definitely don't want to be him.
5. Tris Prior - The Divergent Series (Veronica Roth)
I LOVE Tris Prior. She and Tobias are two of my favorite book characters ever, and I love their relationship. I do know that I would not want to be Tris, though. This one has more to do with the world that she lives in as well, and everything that is hidden from them for so long. She goes through so much; losing her parents, being betrayed by her brother, and dealing with the pressure to protect other people. It is a lot of stress, and I know that I could never handle it the way that she does.
6. Liesel Meminger - The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
If you have read this book, the whole description part here is probably pretty obvious. I could not believe everything that this little girl went through during the novel. Sure, I understand what was happening in the time period that the book was written, but it is still so hard to read about. While Liesel seems to try to make the best of her situation once she adjusts to her new home, there is still so much fear that is constantly in her life. I cannot imagine being that young and having that much to worry about.
7. Hazel Grace Lancaster - The Fault in our Stars (John Green)
This is another book that I absolutely LOVE! People spoke so highly of it for so long, and it took me awhile to read it. I am SO glad that I did though. Hazel is amazing, and in some aspects I do wish that I was like her. She is so brave and realistic, and I do believe that could be a very good quality to have. I do not think that I am strong enough to go through and deal with everything that she went through, though. No spoilers, but I definitely would not be able to handle what she wen through at the end of the book.
8. Susie Salmon - The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
Another amazing book, another young girl that I would not be able to be. Of course, through the majority of the novel Susie is already gone, but that does not make her any less THERE in the novel. She goes through so much, and has so much to figure out even once she is dead. Along with that, she has to go through actually dying. Obviously I am a wimp (you can probably tell that much just from reading this post!). I would be a complete mess if I was ever in her situation, and she at least tried very hard to get away.
9. Deuce - Enclave (Ann Aguirre)
Once again, this one has more to do with the world, though Deuce is really just a confused and conflicted character through the whole book (I have not read book 2 or 3 in the series yet). The world she lives in with zombies or "Freaks" is not something I would want to deal with. Flesh eating sort-of humans? No thank you! Along with that, Deuce seems to have a huge identity crisis throughout the whole novel. She keeps saying she is a "Huntress" and that seems to be the only thing that defines her. Honestly, she's a bit frustrating.
10. Severus Snape - Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling)
To begin and end with a Harry Potter character seems like a wonderful idea, doesn't it? (I am addicted to HP...which is why our dog has the name Sirius :). Severus was always one of my brother's favorite characters in the series, and he was positive he was going to end up being great. While I like Snape, I would not want to be him. After learning about his life, there is obviously so much pain and stress there. He had to go through so much just to lose the girl that he has always loved. Talk about rough! He is still a wonderful character, though.
There we have it! What characters would you NOT want to trade places with?