Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With


I seriously examined every book on my shelf to recall the stories I read, to see if any characters captured my heart. And these are the exact ten that I would swap places with, at least for a moment.

Laura Ingalls Wilder
These Happy Golden Years
I may like to be Laura Ingalls Wilder in These Happy Golden Years. Happy does not begin to describe her coming-of-age story. This one is always my favorite.

Anne Elliot 
Persuasion
I wouldn't mind being the recipient of a letter from Captain Wentworth.

Elizabeth Bennet
Pride and Prejudice
Or to experience the wit and shrewdness of Lizzy.

Natasha Rostova
War and Peace
It may be nice to be Natasha, the all-around (intelligent, quick-witted, charming, and kind-hearted)  young lady in War and Peace. (And that ball gown...!)

Kitty Shcherbatsky
Anna Karenina
Maybe it would be lovely to be Kitty. She was innocent, but not in an ignorant way. She learned quickly, and was graceful about disappointment. In the end, she received the attentions of a great man.

Scarlet O'Hara
Gone With the Wind
When I feel like a brat, and a passionate temper is coming on, it would be fun to be the fiery and fearless Scarlett O'Hara.

Ellen O'Hara
Gone With the Wind
On the other hand, it would serve me better to be rational and composed; meet Scarlett's mother, Ellen.

Melanie Hamilton
Gone With the Wind
It also would be rewarding to walk in the shoes of Melanie: gentle, empathetic, perceptive, and mighty strong in character.

Katniss Everdeen
The Hunger Games
Then again, sometimes it would be nice to handle a bow and arrow like Katniss in The Hunger Games.

Mole
The Wind in the Willows
But, at the end of the day, I may prefer to be Mole in his cozy underground home, just reading a book by the fire.

Which characters would you like to switch places with?

8 comments:

Sharon Wilfong said...

I really cannot imagine switching with anyone, but I definitely have inserted myself into the story and "had conversations" with the characters. I remember when I first read Brothers Karamazov. I really wanted to give Vanya a piece of my mind.

Paula Vince said...

What a beautiful list. The two Tolstoy girls are up among my favourite characters of all time, and GWTW has such a range of different, but admirable ladies. Laura, Anne and Lizzie are great examples too. But when all is said and done, I think Mole's lifestyle is just the best :)

Ruth said...

Sharon, it was really hard to answer this, but if I knew I could have my own life back, then I think it would be fun for just a moment to switch places. Definitely not forever. So yes, it is hard to imagine switching with anyone. it also would be great to give a piece of our minds to many characters. That would be a fun TTT, I bet.

Ruth said...

Thanks, Paula.

Yes, Mole's life is the most appealing of all!

Anchors To Winward said...

Hello to you,
I'm so glad I came across your blog. It is full of beautiful, marvelous things! Our eldest lives in L.A. so I feel an affinity for your geographical area. And for the record, baseball season and opening day is just around the corner! Our family loves the Dodgers second best to our Tampa Bay Rays! We were so pulling for them against Boston last year. I hope you won't mind if I visit again and comment sometime. Oh, and may I add you to my blog-links when I get that up and running? Have a blessed week!
Kindest of thoughts,

Ruth said...

Hi, Anchors,
Thank you for stopping by. It looks like we have a lot in common: Christ, books, and Dodgers. : )
I take it you are out of state, obviously; I'm about 2 hours outside LA, but that is only b/c of traffic. I'm actually a Dodger fan through marriage. I was a Met fan all my life until a few years ago when my husband finally won me over and the Dodgers started making the playoffs. And I've been Dodger blue since.
You are welcome to add me, and I'm going to add you, too. Glad to meet you!
~Ruth

Linda said...

Anne Shirley and Lucy Pevensie and Meg Murray. I have to agree with Anne Elliot. I think she's totally underrated!

Ruth said...

I'm embarrassed to admit...I've never read the Anne of Green Gables series. I know I would love it. I just need to get to it.