Top Ten Tuesday #1

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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!

Courtesy of Fanpop

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.

Courtesy of Harry Potter Wikia

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.

Courtesy of Empire Online

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.

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22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #1

  1. I think I knew you were going to include a character from Seraphina lol. Yay for including Luna Lovegood of course :). I just love everyone from your list. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me to include Miles from Looking For Alaska considering that it’s one of my favourite reads of 2012. Great list Raya! And welcome to Top Ten Tuesday :D. I was wondering when you’d be joining and I’m glad you’re doing it now!

    • I’m kind of surprised that I haven’t turned my blog into a Seraphina fan site yet with all the obsessing I do, ha ha. Oh, I almost forgot to add Miles to my list! I originally had Hermione, but I figured two HP characters were enough.

      Thank you :D Now is a perfect time as any to start the meme, and I’m glad I did.

      • Haha a little obsessing is always good :) Especially when Seraphina seems like such a great book to read. I’m glad that you added Miles to your list :D. I actually almost re-read the book again this weekend, but I ended up finishing off Reading Lolita In Tehran.

        It’s impossible to exclude HP characters from the lists lol.

      • Give me a few months, maybe, or until I find another book of equal quality, and my obsession will simmer down… eventually, aha.

        Ooh, I’ve almost re-read Looking for Alaska several times, too! I always get distracted by other books, though. LFA is one I can read over and over — the story has this sentimental trait hat simply makes it great!

      • You have to read A Monster calls! And then we can discuss that until I get around to reading Seraphina lol. I posted my review on goodreads and put a link to my wordpress review which I did as a guest post.

        LFA is definitely a book that is totally re-readable. I wish there was a movie of it, because I think I would go and stand in line to watch it.

      • Ahh, and I’m excited to read it, too! I’m still #3 in line at the library, but I imagine myself reading it first thing when I finally do get it. I’ll make sure to read your review! :D

        Me too! I know they want to make a TFiOS movie, and the plans to make a Paper Towns film didn’t end well, but I don’t think I’ve heard news of an LFA movie… It’s surprising, because I think ticket sales would do well. I’ve kind of started An Abundance of Katherines the other day — very different from his other books. I didn’t expect third-person narrative since I’m used to reading first-person POVs from him!

  2. I’m betting you’re the only person who listed both Scrooge and Voldemort. ;)

    Seriously, though, I’m with you on Luna Lovegood (even though I put a Hufflepuff on my own list), especially for the reasons you stated. And Lucy is totally my hero for how she views life–so much so that she made my list, too.

    The character of Eskar sounds intriguing. I’m looking forward to reading Seraphina.

    • One hasn’t truly lived until you’ve split your soul and lost your nose. (;

      Both Lucy and Luna have amazing views on life, and I almost envy them. I was in such a hurry to grow up as a kid, and I now I miss looking at things the way Lucy does!

      I fell in love with Hartman’s book, and I’m still obsessing over it. I hope you enjoy it! Eskar is such a small character in Seraphina, but her presence is so notable to me that I want to see more of her. I hope she gets more attention in book two!

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