As I’m sure a lot of you know, I usually participate in Top Ten Tuesday posts each Tuesday. Right now, Top Ten Tuesday is on a break for a couple more weeks until mid-August. However, I’ve decided to still kind of do my own TTT by using some of the past TTT topics that I never did. This week I’m talking about characters that I wouldn’t want to trade places with. This is pretty easy for me because I love dystopian books and I also love reading books about difficult situations. This means there are a plethora of characters I’ve read about who have been in situations that I wouldn’t want to be in. All links will take you to the characters’ respective book(s) on Goodreads.
I’m starting off with a few pretty obvious choices, Katniss being the first. I probably don’t need to explain why I wouldn’t want to trade places with her. I mean, I know I wouldn’t survive very long if I had to compete in an arena full of people trying to kill me. I’ll stick to sitting on my couch and reading about it instead.
This is another choice I probably don’t have to explain. I’d rather not have to spend my time hiding from/fighting the government. I mean, dating Four would be okay but the rest… I’ll pass. Especially considering how her story ends…
This might be a bit of controversial choice because who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts?! But while the wizarding world would certainly be a lot of fun to be a part of, Harry Potter’s life is not one I’d want. Even if we ignore the whole “my parents were murdered and then I was shoved underneath the stairs and neglected throughout my whole childhood” thing, he’s just a kid when he’s tasked with pretty much saving the entire wizarding world from Voldemort. No thanks!
Those of you who have read Girl on the Verge can probably understand why I wouldn’t want to trade places with Kan. Someone moving into my house and then creepily copying me to try and become Kan 2.0? Not to mention all the other things she does that I won’t mention because of spoilers. Regardless, it doesn’t exactly sound fun…
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not be kidnapped and taken to another dimension and left to my own devices to try and find my way back to my world and family. That seems like an awful lot of work and I’m not convinced I’d be able to do it. Sorry Jason, but you can keep it.
As fun as it might be to live in Wonderland, Catherine doesn’t exactly have the best life. Her over-controlling parents not only force her to do things she doesn’t want to, but they won’t let her do the one thing she really loves: bake. She becomes the villainous Queen of Hearts for a reason, you know.
This becomes even scarier and more upsetting to think about when you realize that this isn’t just fiction: many, many people lived through situations like Lina’s. So really, I can only be thankful that I’ve never been forced out of my home and sent to a brutal work camp in Siberia. I definitely wouldn’t want to have to live through even a fraction of what Lina experiences. I’m sure you can all relate.
As much as I love her grandma, I’d be lying if I said I wanted to trade places with Liberty. Who wants to spend the summer with their grandma only to realize that the local government has completely failed to protect their citizens and people are being poisoned by their drinking water? Unfortunately, this is another situation that is all too real for a lot of people.
This is another dystopian situation that I just would not want to deal with. Ava lives an okay life until her mortality is discovered in an immortal world, leaving her ostracized and hated by people she cared about while she tries to escape from people who want to experiment on her. Thanks but no thanks.
Anastasia really doesn’t have the easiest life. First, her parents die when she’s quite young and then her only living family member – her older sister – is kidnapped (presumed dead by everyone else) sending her on a wild chase to Europe to try and find her? Poor Anastasia has a lot on her plate and quite honestly, I’m not up for the challenge.