Yes, I decided to finally participate in the Top Ten Tuesday meme — the prompts always look like such fun, and I couldn’t refrain much longer. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday list is: Top ten characters I’d switch places with for 24 hours.
1. Eskarina Smith from Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
A female wizard?! No such thing, unless you are the brilliant, forever-squinting Esk. “Girl power” — pushing the concept of sex equality — plays a huge theme in the third Discworld book, and I adore this little wizard-witch’s perseverance. Everyone loves to inform Esk (and with steadfast certainty) what she cannot do simply because it’s not “right” — it’s unheard of! — for women. After spilled tears, hard work, and determination, it all pays off when the chance comes to prove herself. As a smart character, I would hop at the opportunity to trade a day for Esk’s life — the first female wizard allowed entrance into The Unseen University.
2. Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
The B&N leatherbound edition sits and sits on my desk — unread, I’m sad to say. Although I did read The Chronicles of Narnia (book 1) as a “tween,” and while Aslan and Mr. Tumnus remain favorites, Lucy wins my favoritism over her other siblings. As the youngest, her ‘childish’ perspective makes it easier to believe and see in things others don’t. How I wish I still saw the world this way!
3. Eskar from Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Out of ALL the characters in this lavish novel, I somehow found myself pining for more Eskar. I admire Seraphina: she’s intelligent, daring, and strong, yet also vulnerable. I love Seraphina, I do, but Eskar is something else entirely.
Oh, Eskar: that one cool saarantras who makes a few brief appearances but leaves a lasting punch of an impression. By her draconian nature, she is a constant blankface with inquisitive but superior air. Her demeanor expresses a coolly indifferent attitude — very casual but stern. When it comes down to it, Eskar is head in charge and owns it, and I’d simply love to strut in all that awesome.
4. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Luna, compared to the rest of Harry Potter characters — and possibly tied with Dobby — is the one I adore most. Utterly quirky, she is fascinatingly peculiar. For that, I think she possesses a great perspective on people and on life. Luna is often misjudged, but rarely — if ever — is she quick to (mis)judge others. Were it possible, I’d trade my humdrum life for Luna’s unconventional one, if only to immerse myself in her environment and see the world through her eyes.
5. Voldemort from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Read it again if you must. Yes, I said Voldemort. What I would do to be the almighty powerful Dark Lordess, worshiped by evil minions, and die the ugliest duckling who ever lived… Oh.
6. Bea from How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
Bea and my former teenaged self have so much in common that I felt Standiford observed me from afar and violated my thoughts. The narrative comes across as openly honest to what Bea thinks and feels, and I loved her loyalty most. Overall, I think she is a wonderful separation from typical female characterization, but I am truly jealous of her friendship with Jonah!
Their friendship borders a fragile line between a beautiful friendship to inseparably unhealthy. The two don’t harbor romantic feelings for each other, but Jonah feels jealous when other guys show interest in Bea. Although Jonah never expresses attraction to other girls (or guys, for that matter), I know Bea would feel bitter, too. But hey: I wish I’d had a friend as great as Jonah in high school. Shooting squirt guns at prom attendees as you drive by to have a night of fun — just you and your BFF — and haunting time-traveling parties…
7. Annie Cresta from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Annie is mentioned in Catching Fire a few times, though little becomes known about her character. Even then: her spotlight has a weak bulb, and it flashes past her in seconds. Her character is such a small background figure in Mockingjay that you may only remember Annie for her connection to Finnick Odair. Finnick, in fact, is why I’d trade places with her — Mr. Odair, reportedly gorgeous, is an honest and funny guy who Katniss doesn’t spend enough time with.
Most of Finnick’s time is spent with Annie. Annie — I am sure she is likable person, but we don’t see enough of her for me to know or care, and I only care about Finnick Odair.
Well, don’t expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear.
8. Miles “Pudge” Halter from Looking for Alaska by John Green
I’m not sure what it is about Pudge, but I think he represents a good portion of the “adorkable” definition. Besides: he gets to live my youth’s dream, which is to say that he attends boarding school. I think Ursula Nordstrom’s The Secret Language implanted this idea of boarding school + friends + adventure!time = a mostly great year. But Pudge experiences tragedy — an event that changes him but learns to grow from. He has a wonderful circle of friends, and even though I think a bufriedo sounds sickening, I want a culinary orgasm too!
9. Lou from No & Me by Delphine de Vigan
Put plainly, I find Lou charming. She feels burdened by world problems and nears the point of outrage when she contemplates solutions — how simply something could be solved if invading factors didn’t make situations complex. She thinks it’s cruel how she is afforded so many ‘luxuries’ in life when there are people who live on the streets. That’s when she meets the homeless No, and Lou’s personal world grows greener and richer for the friendship that blooms.
Lou and No have a sweet, genuine friendship, and Lou’s authenticity as a caring human being wins my approval stamp. Yes, I definitely would not mind stepping in her brave shoes.
10. Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Scrooge, we all know, is far from flattering and even farther away from likable. Stingy, he also has a foul mouth rank with bah‘s and humbug‘s, and I feel not an ounce of pity when he finally meets the Ghost of Christmas Future. No one loves Scrooge! Everyone is eager to sell his belongings, not having the faintest pinch of guilt or sadness. No time for mourning the grumpiest old man known in town, is there?
I’m not stingy, nor do I scrunch my nose like a spoiled, irritating brat, but I do have “humbug days” (sometimes weeks, even). Scrooge’s experience and respective change remind me how important kindness and laughter are, so yes: I’d switch with Scrooge, but just for a day.