Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Top Ten Characters I'd switch places with for 24 hours

I'm addicted to top tens.  I was only going to this a couple times a month, but this Top Ten Tuesday was another irresistible one! This meme comes from The Broke and the Bookish blog with a different top ten list theme (all related to books) every Tuesday (see the full list here).  

10. Laura Ingalls Wilder, in the Little House series by herself

Because I'm re-reading these books again with my daughters, and falling in love with them all over again. 24 hours isn't nearly long enough because I'd want to visit every hand-built home Laura ever lived in. Though I might skip the Long Winter.

9. Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Because I'd love to wave my wand and proclaim "wingardia leviosa!" and  pack an entire library and a tent into a small backpack.

8. Princess Sylvi in Pegasus by Robin McKinley

Because she has a winged horse for a best friend. Duh.

7. Princess Leia in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

Because I have not yet found a book about a girl flying around in space ships that is even a fraction as memorable as Leia in these movies. Has anyone else????

6. Lessa in the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey

Because she has a winged dragon for a best friend. Duh.

5. Alec Ramsey in the Black Stallion series by Walter Farley

Because he has the coolest and fastest horse in the world, ever.

4. Carey Marsh, in the Green Grass of Wyoming by Mary O'Hara

Oh wait, was that just "24 hours"?? Because I've been living her life for years now ever since I moved to Wyoming and fell in love with a cowboy and have horses in my backyard and a great open range to ride across. I'm living my childhood dreams inspired by My Friend Flicka, Thunderhead, and this book especially.

3. Harry Crewe, in the Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

I know, I know. This book ends up on every top ten list of mine. But Harry has the coolest magic, ever. She went from a corsetted spinster-in-the-making to a wild, sword-wielding warrior who can take on an army of demons, a pseudo-British Empire, and her own proud, fire-eyed king.

2. Lucy Pevensie, in the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Because she has a lion as a best friend. Duh.
And a faun. And a Prince. And a talking horse.

1. Eowyn or Legolas, in Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. 

This book always ends up in my top ten lists too. Proudly. Defiantly. Game of Thrones, hah!
So tough to choose a character though to switch places with. Definitely not Frodo; I prefer my Mordor from a safe distance, thank you very much. I wanted to pick the character that gave me the most exposure to the amazing places in Middle Earth, and that was a toss up between Gandalf and Legolas, both very long-lived. But Gandalf (I love him dearly!) had a bit too much baggage, so Legolas it is. Then again, Eowyn! Maybe she misses out on the adventures in the first book, but oh, she gets to be the very best hero of the three books, at least in my opinion.

What character from a book or movie would you most want to switch places with?

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