Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blogging initiative hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl with new themes each week.
This weeks theme is characters I’d like to swap places with.
Right, see this is a tough one as I might like a character, but you don’t necessarily want to be that character.
You might adore the principles or qualities about a character or even just their lifestyle but you wouldn’t want or would not survive their life or time period!!
Plus there’s puberty again. You might think their love interest is the most ideal partner ever and then there’s a massive BUT.
Then you have to consider that in many of the ‘great’ or super popular novels women don’t fare all that well, they are either trophies, chattel, tertiary background mothers/whores/daughters or they maybe amazingly badass but still have to be ‘saved’ (usually by the guys love) or worse naughty uppity deviants to be put in place or worst beloved but fridged/WIR.
Basically I overthink things, it’s the curse of the INFJ.
So this was tough and I’m not sure I want to permanently swap, maybe 24 hrs or so and it basically comes back to a magical context!!
1.Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld
There was going to be a Discworld character here and considering how tough life is on the Disc, I may as well aspire high. The absolute Queen of them ALL, she whose fury is so great rain won’t dare touch her, she aten’t dead just borrowing, the most awesome witch Esme Weatherwax.
Though I wouldn’t turn down swapping with her apprentice Tiffany Aching (2) either.
3.Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
Yes everyone wants to be (4) Hermione, (me too me too) but I have to put the argument out there for Luna.
Ok she’s not got the ‘brightest witch’ label but she is Ravenclaw so she’s definitely one of the sharpest tools in the box, she just doesn’t feel the need to be all Griffindor ‘look at me, look at me’ about it (can you tell I’m Slytherin?!!).
What I would give for that self assuredness and DGAF attitude that they call her Loony, totally owning her quirks and edges never compromising on who she is and what she likes.
Plus happily completely and delightfully different? Yep Luna please. (still love you too Hermione)
5.Princess Magnolia/ The Princess in Black – The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and LeUyen Pham
Princess Magnolia may wear tiaras and pink floofy dresses, be terrified of snails and have a unicorn called Frimplepants but she has more going for her than her alter ego The Princess in Black.
She’s the autonomous leader of her own kingdom, she knows and maintains good and meaningful relationships with princesses from other kingdoms and she is fiercely independent even taking the train with ordinary people in Book 6!!
As The Princess in Black she’s an awesome monster battling hero! ‘Nuff said.
6.Lady Helen Wrexhall The Dark Days Trilogy by Alison Goodman.
Ok I wouldn’t ACTUALLY want to live in Regency times because it’s like how many ways to die BUT a short swap with Lady Helen Wrexhall for a while, trying out what it’s like to be really tall, athlete and brimming with supernatural power particularly a time when she’s out adventuring with the brooding Lord Carlston.
Lady Helen is like Lizzie Bennett meets Buffy with demon hunting, supernatural senses & strength and high society which would be fun for a while!
7.Morrigan Crow from Nevermoor books by Jessica Townsend
She is this all powerful nuclear reactor of magic and she lives in Nevermoor, and her best friend rides DRAGONS. Again, ‘Nuff said.
8.Silky from Magic Faraway Stories by Enid Blyton
Some people may want to swap places with Jo/e, Beth and F/ranny but I would want to swap with Silky. She has a lovely little home up the Faraway Tree away from the Angry Pixie but close enough to MoonFace and the Lands Above should she wish to visit. Plus popcakes
9. Betty Widdershins from A Pinch Of Magic by Michelle Harrison
Here’s a girl that won’t let being cursed stand in the way of her goals. Determination and a dash of Granny Weatherwax grit she’s a character to watch as the Widdershins stories grow.
10 .Aggie Wiggins aka Sylphine Greenmantle from Witch for a Week, Wish for a Witch by Kaye Umansky illustrated by Ashley King
Ok she maybe a bit of a disaster and daft but to be fair happily swanning about the forest dressed as a woodsprite is #goals.
Everybody needs a little daft sometimes.