Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I’d Like to Switch Places With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Born from a love of lists and a love of books each week there’s a new topic for bloggers to list their ‘top ten’.

Top Ten Tuesday '19 #7

Top Ten Characters I’d Like to Switch Places With

For me this list could very easily be top twenty, or even top one hundred, characters I’d like to switch places with. I read a lot of fantasy books, and sometimes there are worlds I just want to be able to fall into the way I do the stories I read; after all who hasn’t finished Harry Potter and immediately wished for their own letter from Hogwarts. Still I managed to keep my list to ten this week, and no I didn’t include Harry Potter/Hogwarts because I feel that’s kind of a given.

Nix; The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Granted I’m not sure if I’d be able to live aboard a ship and at sea the way Nyx does, I’m not saying I’m seasick although the longest I’ve been aboard a ship is an hour so really who knows, but I’d be willing to give it a go if I could travel through time and through worlds like she does.

The Girl from Everywhere Duology

Nancy; Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

It isn’t so much Nancy’s specific story that I’d love to live myself, but more the concept of it. I grew up reading stories like Alice in Wonderland and the Narnia Chronicles, where children find doorways to new worlds, so why wouldn’t I want to find my own door one day like Nancy does.

Lila Bard; A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

When I first saw the prompt for this week’s topic Lila was the first character I thought of. I essentially live in the Shades of Magic version of Grey London so a chance to stow away to a version of London where magic exists, even a chance to see White London and experience Black London the way Lila does, sign me up.


Newt Scamander; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Is it cheating to feature Fantastic Beasts when I said I wasn’t including Harry Potter/Hogwarts in my list this week? I don’t think so because the reason I’m featuring Newt has nothing to do with Hogwarts. His job as Magizoologist would be my dream job in the Harry Potter world, and I’d love to experience his adventures chasing his escaped beasts around New York for myself.

Nina Zenik; Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

It would be epic in a word to be part of one of Kaz’s schemes, although granted it would be dangerous too but this duology is a favourite of mine and I can’t resist. Also beyond that I loved Nina’s character; her confidence in herself, her power as a Grisha, and above all her love of waffles.

Six of Crows Series

Bailey Clarke; The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

If Lila from the Shades of Magic series was one of the first characters I thought of then Bailey from The Night Circus was the other. Of all the characters in this book he was the one I identified with the most; he loved the circus as much as any of the characters who made it their home and he dreamt of following it around the world, which if The Night Circus was real would be my dream too.

Blue; The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I love the dynamic Blue has with all the other characters in this series. It may seem strange for someone like me who’s kind of an introvert (and a few short steps away from becoming a full on hermit) but who wouldn’t want a family like Blue has with the psychics of 300 Fox Way, or friends like Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah?

The Raven Cycle

Scarlett Dragna; Caraval by Stephanie Garber

A large reason I picked Scarlett for this list is because of the world building, all the magical and terrifying things she experienced inside Caraval, but I also really connected with her relationship with her sister. If me and my sister were both magically transported into this story I’d be playing the role of Scarlett and my sister of Tella.

Marguerite Caine; A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

A lot of my picks this week have been based on the world building, and this one is no different. I’d love to get my hands on one of the Firebirds Marguerite’s parents have created. It would be really interesting to see how different versions of me lived, and to experience their lives for a short while too.


Amy Curry; Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

I’ve said before I’d love to do a road trip like the one Amy and Roger have in this book, but what I loved so much about it is the spontaneity. They don’t plan where they’re going, it’s all spur-of-the-moment, in some cases after they’ve found themselves hopelessly lost, and I love the sense of adventure that gave their story.

Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday?

Are any of the characters I featured characters you’d want to switch places with. What characters would you like to switch places with, and if you could only choose one (not your top ten) which would you choose?

When you’re reading do you always want to fall into the world you’re reading about, or do you prefer simply reading about the adventures the characters have rather than wanting to live them?


25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I’d Like to Switch Places With

    1. Thanks so much. 🙂 Ha, to be honest I’d just settle for any character in The Raven Cycle series, I’d just love to experience that close friendship they all have. Oh those are both great picks as well; I used to want to be Hermione when I was younger.


    1. Yeah it was so much fun taking part in this weeks topic. I feel like the world of Fantastic Beasts combines two of my favourite things; the magic of Harry Potter and the past. 😀 Part of me though just wants a suitcase full of magical beasts to look after. 🙂

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  1. This is such a good list, Beth! I think I’d trade lives with characters from young adult contemporaries rather than fantasies, because I wouldn’t survive one second in these kind of worlds… but the idea of being part of one of Kaz’s schemes certainly sounds appealing haha 🙂 I’d LOVE to trade places with Amy from Amy & Roger and do that epic road trip 😀

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    1. Thanks so much, and yeah I tried to pick characters from fantasies who I knew survived but at the same time I am wondering if I switched places with them would I still survive?! (Probably not tbh).
      I feel like it would be fun living the schemes instead of just reading about the, and yeah road trips always make books better! 😀 ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, and oh you definitely need to pick up A Darker Shade of Magic, it’s one of my all-time favourite series so I’d recommend it to everyone. 🙂
      I’d be interested in seeing your list next week if you do decide to take part. You’ll have to send me a link. 🙂

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  2. I had not thought about it but yes, Marguerite Caine would be an awesome person to switch places with, imagine going to all those alternate dimensions!

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