Ten Characters I’d Love To or Hate To Switch Places With

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we are thinking about characters that we’d love to switch places with. What a fun prompt! I decided to split it and pick 5 characters I wouldn’t want to switch places with.

In no particular order here are mine

Let’s swap please?

  1. Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter– Luna is all kinds of awesome and I think it would be fascinating to be in her world.
  2. Jo March- Little Women– She’s one of my favourite March sisters.
  3. Lola-Lola And The Boy Next Door– I just loved her characters!
  4. Miss Honey-Matilda- I’m compared to her by my class and the parents of my class. It would be a good swap.
  5. Sara- A Little Princess- I love this story. Even though she has a hard life, it’s a sweet ending.

No thanks…

  1. Amy Dunne- Gone Girl- She’s a psycho character. No.
  2. Katniss- The Hunger Games- She may be good at the games but I don’t want to live in her world.
  3. Dobby- Harry Potter- Poor Dobby! 😦
  4. Lou- Me Before You– I can’t imagine going through what Lou did. Will… 😦
  5. June- Paper Butterflies– June has horrific experiences. I don’t want that life.

What did you do this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: All About The Villains!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all about the villains! I loved putting this list together. I love a bookish villain!

Voldemort and Dolores Umbridge- Harry Potter

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Voldemort has to be one of the ultimate villains in children’s literature. He’s so evil, I love to hate him. Dolores Umbridge also drove me mad but I loved it. J.K. Rowling sure knows how to write a villain!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda

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I used to be terrified of Miss Trunchbull when I was younger. She scared my class too, but they loved it at the same time.

The Grand High Witch- The Witches

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The Grand High Witch is such a fantastic character. I really wanted to read this book to my last class but I think it would have scared them.

Amy- Gone Girl

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Amy is a messed up character. She freaked me but I LOVED it.

The White Witch- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Ooh, The White Witch was evil and powerful. Loved to read about her.

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca

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I found Mrs Danvers to be so creepy. She got under my skin.

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles

Love Queen Levana. I felt like Fairest helped to get to know the character more. I think she’s a fantastic villain.

President Snow- The Hunger Games

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You have to have a great villain in a series like The Hunger Games. I think President Snow was a perfect villain.

Ty- Stolen

Ty got under my skin because he was so awful yet somehow you ended up feeling sorry for him? How does that work!?

Who are your favourite villains? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Characters I Love To Hate

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. I got really stuck with the prompt today, so I decided to put my own spin on it and write about ten characters I love to hate!

Bella SwanTwilight– I can’t help but enjoy complaining about Bella. She’s just so dull and moany. I don’t think I ever identified with her when reading Twilight. I don’t think I ever will like her!

Dolores UmbridgeHarry Potter-Ooh, she’s a bad one. I loved hating Umbridge. She made my skin crawl.

VoldemortHarry Potter– He truly is one of my favourite villains. I adore hating him.

Lucius MalfoyHarry Potter– Lucius is a great character to hate. He’s smarmy and irritating.

President SnowThe Hunger Games– As you might have guessed by now, I do love to hate a villain and in The Hunger Games it was President Snow who I loved to hate.

Estella HavishamGreat Expectations– Miss Havisham is a pretty good character to hate as well, but I loved to hare Estella more. Her attitude towards men was despicable and I hated the way she treated Pip!

Amy Dunne Gone Girl– I’m always surprised how strongly I hate Amy. She is one of the best written characters in a thriller. It’s weirdly fun yet equally creepy to be her mind or at least try and understand her.

Amy MarchLittle Women– Amy always irritates me. She’s so selfish. Yet I don’t mind reading about her selfishness.

Daniel CleaverBridget Jones’ Diary– He’s a player. He’s horrible. However he’s fun to read about and I can’t help but love to hate him!

Holden CaulfieldThe Catcher In The Rye-I definitely have a love/hate relationship with Holden Caulfield. I find him insufferable, but at the same time love him for it!

Who made your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Gone Girl: From Book to Film Adaptation

I recently went to watch Gone Girl, the film adaptation which has been in the cinema for a while now. I’m never sure whether to watch a film adaptation or not, especially when it’s one of a book I really enjoyed. My review for the book can be found HERE.

I thought the casting was spot on. Ben Affleck played Nick, a choice I wasn’t overly sure about, but my preconceptions were wrong. He was well cast.

I think the star of the film though is Rosamund Pike, who plays Amy SO well. I forgot what a psychotic character Amy is. Both characters are mucked up, by Amy…wow. She’s terrifying. Rosamund really portrays that aspect of Amy’s character astoundingly well.

Gone Girl is hard to discuss without spoiling the film or book, so I won’t go there. I will say, that Gone Girl is rated as an 18 at the moment. This is because of strong language, strong sexual content and violent scenes.

I think Gone Girl is well worth watching (and reading!)

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it.

Synopsis:

‘What are you thinking, Amy?’ The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: ‘What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?’ Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war…

Thoughts:

This book is on the Richard and Judy Spring Reads 2013 list, but to be honest, I think I probably would’ve read it anyway as the synopsis sold it for me. I haven’t read any Gillian Flynn books before but from reading this book I think I will be checking out some more of her books soon. Or, at least, adding them to my very big to be read pile..

Gillian Flynn has created some incredible characters. They weren’t likeable at all, but this didn’t make the story flat. It made me question what on earth had happened in their marriage. I would warn the potential reader of this book to not expect to like the characters.

I think the narrative really works. Both Nick and Amy tell their story and Gillian has given them such a unique voice that you don’t forget whose side you’re reading.

I don’t want to say too much as it is a story full of twists and turns which I don’t want to spoil for the reader. It’s a story full of tension right from the beginning. It gripped me, I couldn’t put it down. I definitely didn’t predict what was going to happen. A great read.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

Reading next:
Fifteen Days Without A Head- Dave Cousins