It’s that time for the weekly meme over at The Broke and the Bookish and this week the blogger gets to pick the detail for, “Top Ten Characters (fill in the blank). There are some great ones out there…top ten villains, top ten YA talented characters, top ten rock star characters… I chose characters who I wished I could have traded places with for several hundred pages.
Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen: She’s feisty, headstrong, educated, opinionated, snarky and dedicated to her “trying” family. And it’s not a deterrent that she wins over Mr. Darcy with her “fine eyes”.
Lexi Jacobs from Playing Along by Rory Samantha Green. Her “smother” mother, roommate and ex Andrew, best friend Meg and crazy new boss Russell make for such a colorful cast of characters in Lexi’s life, who wouldn’t want to navigate this new life as her? She also has some feelings for rock star George, which makes her story that much sweeter.
Ellie from The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes. She finds a 40 year-old letter in her newspaper’s archives and the search begins to uncover the truth about a woman and a man who were tragically in love.
Willa Chandler-Golden from The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch. Willa’s life has taken a turn for the worse and she is out to prove her famous author father wrong that life is not already planned out for you. You write your own path.
Elly Dinsmore from Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer. Elly is one tough cookie during the 1940s. She is left widowed with a young son and one on the way and puts an add in the paper for a husband. Although she has grit like no other, she needs some extra muscle (and security) around the house. Not sure if I could ever go that far, but her resilience and love for her children made me want to be her.
Joan Castleman from The Wife by Meg Wolitzer. The first line from the book: “The moment I decided to leave him, the moment I thought, enough, we were thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean, hurtling forward but giving the illusion of stillness and tranquility. Just like our marriage.” says it all. A woman who pulls no punches. But quietly. Stealthily.
Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Yes, he is a male character but something about Park’s insecurity and tenderness was something to applaud. He stands up for Eleanor and what is right. He feels awkward in his skin but stays true to himself. It’s set in the 1980s. He loves music. Who wouldn’t want to be him?!
Margaret Lea from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield I read this book long before the blog but am still enchanted by this piece of Historical Fiction with a Gothic/Thriller twist. Margaret is a biographer, she lives above her father’s antiquarian bookstore and begins to uncover all the secrets of novelist Vida Winter as she interviews her for a biography.
Anyone from The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Seriously. Anyone.
Faith Holland in The Best Man or Colleen O’Rourke in Waiting On You by Kristan Higgins. I want to live in that small town of very quirky characters. Characters who have enormous heart and laugh out loud humor. It would also help to be one of the MC’s with love interests like Levi or Lucas. I mean, if we are honest here.
Who would you like to trade places with as a character?