This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is “Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In.” Alternative topic: “Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With.” Wow. TBatB ladies really aren’t pulling any punches topic-wise this year, huh?
Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In
1. The Hunger Games
Well, obviously. No one was happy in this – even the people who lived in the Capital had such vapid, frivolous lives that I find it hard to believe that they were really happy.
I’m not someone who can focus on one thing for an hour, let alone choosing one personality trait around which my entire future will be based – as a teenager. Forget it. I’d be factionless in a week.
Living underground? With zombies? And again, having to choose one type of life for myself – I can learn to defend myself against zombies or make things I need to survive – but then I can’t ever have sex? Or I can be a “breeder” in which case I can have sex, but it has to lead to all sorts of kids? Ugh. No thank you.
4. The Lord of the Rings
One of the most epic, beautifully written stories of all time – but MAN, just reading about life in that world was exhausting.
5. The Diary of Anne Frank
I know this probably isn’t what they had in mind when they came up with the topic, because it’s not a futuristic setting, it’s not sci-fi or fantasy. But for me, this is probably the scariest type of world I can imagine.
Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With
1. Piper Kerman from Orange is the New Black
I don’t think I’d do particularly well in prison.
2. Adrian Mole from The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole series
I loved these books – but he is one of the most pathetic, pitiable characters I’ve ever encountered. He’s a true everyman, with all sorts of tedious, unpleasant things to deal with. And he just can’t catch a break.
3. Chloe Saunders from The Summoning
Seeing horribly disfigured ghosts? No thank you.
4. Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter Series
I find this character interesting – his thirst for power came from having been neglected and ostracized for most of his life. And while there’s something pitiable in this, his descent into pure evil makes him one of the most deeply disturbed and soulless characters ever written. I can’t even imagine how it would feel to have that emptiness and hunger for power. Sounds pretty miserable to me.
5. Cameron from Going Bovine
The kid’s dying of Creutzfeldt–Jakob (aka Mad Cow) disease. His brain is basically turning into swiss cheese, and he hasn’t even had a chance to grow up yet. Pretty grim.
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