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 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.
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.
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?
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?