Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:
March 5: Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With
I decided to do a slight twist on this week’s theme. Instead of talking about the (many) characters I’d love to swap places with, I’m discussing some of the characters I would not want to switch lives with, for a variety of reasons. Most involve mortal peril.
The narrator in If Cats Disappeared From the World // The narrator has a pretty tough time in this book. He finds out he’s not got long to live and then makes a bargain with the devil and has to start choosing things to disappear from the world. He’s also never even given a name. Poor guy.
Cassidy Blake in City of Ghosts // Cassidy can feel ghosts, which would be pretty distracting in day-to-day life, and almost loses her existence to one while trying to save her friend. I want to have adventures, but this isn’t the one.
Jude in The Cruel Prince // Honestly I would rather throw a whole shelf of books out my window before willingly going to Faerie. Cardan is a complete asshat and the rest of the fairies are all awful. They treat Jude and her sister Taran with disdain just for inhabiting the same realm as them. I definitely wouldn’t want to hang out in a place like that.
Sorrow in State of Sorrow // A kingdom where smiles and laughter are outlawed and to be caught doing so is treason? No. Thanks. I laugh very easily so this wouldn’t be the place for me.
Daisy in Giant Days // Daisy accidentally almost gets inducted into a cult via yoga classes, so there’s no way I’m swapping places with her. Sorry Daisy.
Griffin in History is All You Left Me // Griffin’s story is just so sad and heart-wrenching that I really wouldn’t want to experience that. It’s so raw and painful for him, and although I didn’t cry reading the novel, I really felt the emotion coming through.
Feyre in ACOTAR // Candid answer: I would not want to switch places with Feyre because she is surrounded by so much alpha male douchebaggery.
Nicholas in Fence // I wouldn’t want to swap places with Nicholas because I have no idea how to fence and I’d probably suck at it, let’s be honest.
Camellia in The Belles // Society in The Belles is toxic, and has some very warped ideas about beauty, which is coveted above all else. As someone who thinks we need to be more progress in our current attitudes towards beauty and accept everyone’s appearance without discrimination, I think I’d have a pretty terrible time living there.
Romy in The Loneliest Girl in the Universe // Alone in space and being followed by a complete stranger whose ship is far more advanced than your own? I’m out.
Which characters would you want to (or not want to) switch places with?