Do you ever wish you were somebody else? Lived another life or just get whisked away from your home forever?
Not me, to be honest. I’m pretty content with my life. I love what I have and believe in the fact that I can change my own fate if need be.
But hey, let’s just pretend for a moment. Just because I wouldn’t jump at the first opportunity to leave my loved ones and everything I know behind, doesn’t mean that I cannot feel the lure of some strange world or the opportunity to trade places with a bookish character. I mean, for a weekend? Despite the fact that I would probably die in whatever strange setting I would have been placed, the part of me that loves wandering around and exploring would love it. Maybe?
Today’s post is linked in with the Top Five Tuesday. Go check it out!
Arthur and Rose from The Land of Roar
Okay, who of you didn’t have an active imagination when you were a kid? Who didn’t dream some days away or play pretend with your friends? I sure did. I might have never had my own land with dragons, mermaids and evil scarecrows but could you imagine how it would be to go to the place that you made up when you were a child? Where you were the hero? Had all those special powers? If I could I would definitely trade places with Arthur and Rose. I would visit all the places I made up as a kid and rediscover things I have already forgotten. Invisible friends, make-believe. Seriously. Just imagine.
Literally any character from the Woodwalkers series
For some reason lately I have a real addiction to books that have to do with shapeshifting. I love how shapeshifters bring together the best of both worlds – the human world and the animal kingdom. The idea that you could be both, that you feel the freedom and the instincts of the animal but also be able to do all the modern and intelligent things humans do – I would be utterly delighted. Right at the front line of those books at the moment is the Woodwalker series by Katja Brandis. I would happy to switch with any of the students at the Clearwater High, no matter what animal I’d turn out to be at the end. (If you have recommendations for books with animal shapeshifters that would be great.)
Cassidy Blake from City of Bones series
I mean, I wouldn’t really wanna almost-die, that’s not the experience I’m looking for here. 😀 But I think it would be kinda cool to look behind the veil. And mostly I think I would have loved to spend my holidays exploring big strange cities when I was a kid. (We did a lot of camping which is nice every now and then but I’m not really a fan of the sea to be honest.)
Caspar or Smudge from The Unmapped Chronicles
I mean, come on. Drizzle hags, snow trolls, miniature dragons, talking monkeys, real dragons, harpies, cloud giants, lofty husks, trees that give you excuses… how does that not sound like fun to you? I would love to spend a week in the Unmapped Kingdoms, in any of them. I would totally go on this adventure. No matter how dangerous. All those marvels would be totally worth it.
Some random Ravenclaw
Look, I wouldn’t want to switch with the Golden Trio, I really wouldn’t. But I would totally switch with some random Ravenclaw to have a day of lessons or a feast in the Great Hall. I would venture the Great Lake, wave to the Kraken and go to Quidditch practice. I think I would make a good Beater. 😀
As a bonus I thought I would turn this around as well. Seriously though, there are also characters I definitely WOULDN’t want to trade places with. Some just make it abundantly clear that nope, you wouldn’t want to be in their shoes and that you are pretty happy to be were you are right now. 🙂
- Katniss from the Hunger Games
This one is pretty much a given. No, I would not want to live in Panem and I would not want to have to volunteer as tribute instead of my siblings.
- Kaz Brekker form Six of Crows
I mean, sure Grisha and Heists and friends and everything but seriously? Constantly worrying if somebody decides to stab me in the back? Never really knowing if I can trust the ones around me? Thank you but no, thank you.
- Gregor from the Underland Chronicles
I mean, sure, the idea of a whole land under New York is thrilling and interesting but in the end I would not want to trade places with Gregor. He didn’t want to be the one of the prophecy, he didn’t want to be responsible for so much stuff. The story, the adventure was great to read from the outside but on the inside? Terrifying! In a way I would only trade places with him if that would ensure that a twelfe-year-old didn’t have the weight of an entire world on his shoulders.
- America from The Selection
I understand that the idea of having a chance to become royalty is enticing to some people, especially if they don’t have much and have to rub every penny together. But I wouldn’t want to be part of the selection. I would not want to marry a prince. I am fine where I am.
All in all I think that Childrens’ books make a better place to step into than others. More magic, more whimsy, less imminent death. Don’t you think?
What characters would you like to trade places with, even if it’s just for a few hours?