Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Lives I WOULDN'T Want To Have

Hey'a, everyone! Sorry for no posts since last Tuesday. I do have more posts planned for the future; I just have to find time to write them. (My hopes of writing a ton of blog posts over Christmas break didn't exactly work out, obviously.) But today I have a new Top Ten Tuesdays post! There were two topic choices for this week: Worlds I'd Never Want to Live In and Characters I Wouldn't Want to Trade Places With. I really liked these topic options; a lot of the time, if I'm having a bad day, I'll start mentally listing all the characters whose place I'd happily take instead of dealing with my own problems, all the worlds I think would be better than my own. But let's face it: there are quite a few characters who I wouldn't want to be and worlds I wouldn't want to visit. And since I couldn't decide which topic I liked better, I decided to combine them into Lives I Wouldn't Want to Have.

  1. World: Panem (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins). Yeah. Obvious choice. Who wants to live in any world under the thumb of an evil dictator where you run the risk of dying for the entertainment of the elite once a year? And it's not like the elite probably have it all that great either. Yes, they probably have everything they could possibly want, but things can't make you content.
  2. Character: Frodo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien). I would possibly trade places with just about any other character in LOTR who survives the trilogy. I'd even trade places with Sam and go to Mordor with Frodo. But I wouldn't want to take Frodo's place because I know it would end in disaster for Middle Earth. 
  3. Character: Una (Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl). Part of me actually would trade places with Una because I like to think I'd make all the right choices and never get in half the trouble she goes through. But at the same time, I suspect I wouldn't do much better than she did. 
  4. World: Cantral (The Cantral Chronicles by Amanda Davis). Granted, you don't see a whole lot of Cantral society. But what you do see is enough for me. And the tracking chip concept . . . Yeah. Getting zapped by a microchip for being curious, late, or anything else isn't exactly on my list of things I want to experience.
  5. Character: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer). Yes, she's possibly the coolest female lead in the Lunar Chronicles. However, she also has it rougher than any other female lead, possibly more than any other surviving character. I couldn't handle it.
  6. World: Thomas's Dreams (The Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker). Ok, I wouldn't mind living there during Black, since it's essentially paradise. After that, no thanks. It's a pretty awesome world, but I don't think I could be happy with any of the prevalent cultures.
  7. Character: Bonnie Silver (Dragons in Our Midst and its sequel series by Bryan Davis). Some might argue that Bonnie has it comparatively good in some respects, for reasons I can't go into due to spoilers. And I can't deny that I'd like to be like Bonnie in some ways. But I wouldn't want to be her. 
  8. Character: Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini). Actually, I wouldn't mind switching places with him for the first book of the series. (One word: dragon!) After that? No. Even the awesomeness of a dragon couldn't make up for that life.
  9. Character: Tris (Divergent by Veronica Roth). Of all the dystopian/sci-fi worlds I've read about, Tris's seems to be one of the top three that I think I could survive living in. (The other two are the Star Wars galaxy and the world of the Lunar Chronicles.) It's not perfect, but it's also not bad, as dystopian futures go. However, I definitely would not want to be Tris, or Four for that matter. I wouldn't be able to handle it.
Well, that's all. Are there any characters you wouldn't want to trade places with? Worlds you wouldn't want to live in? Feel free to tell me in the comments, or you can make your own Top Ten Tuesdays post. Just be sure to link back to the Broke and Bookish blog and post the link to your post on their site.
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)


  1. I would hate to live in the world of Unwind by Neal Shusterman or The Program by Suzanne Young. I also wouldn't want to be Adam in The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Love this post idea! Would you mind if I did a similar post?
    ~Sarah Faulklner


    1. I haven't read any of those books, so I'll take your word for it. And you definitely can do a similar post! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Those are some awesome picks! I don't think I would have want to live there too, good reasons!
    Hope you can stop by my Top Ten



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