- John Watson from Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories. For Sherlock’s sake, really. (Spoiler: I would have killed Sherlock with a hot poker while he slept and the bad guys would have won.) Also, England at that time would have sucked for me, as someone from “the colonies”.
- Anyone from any dystopian novel? Real life is bad enough. If I had to pick one character, I would say Evie from V for Vendetta. (I don’t want to say Katniss because it should be fairly obvious that I don’t want to be a child gladiator? Does anyone?)
- Any girl in a Charles Perrault fairy tale. Maybe Little Red, in specific.
- Domovoi Butler from the Artemis Fowl series. Even if I had the training, I wouldn’t want to be a bodyguard of some kid with too much free time and money. (Even though, I really do love Artemis as a character.)
- Basically, any character from A Song of Ice and Fire series. Likely scenarios for most of George R. R. Martin’s characters tend to include torture, death, or both.
- I’m still thinking about this one… I mean, it’s a challenge to live in a dystopian world,sure, but I’m not sure it’s so hard to live in a YA dystopia. There is always romance there to distract from the horrible oppressive system. It’s kind of intriguing too to wake up and realize that you are living in a dystopia… I mean, what is one person’s utopia is another’s dystopia – there is never anyone happy at the end of either kind of tale. Aren’t we living in a dystopia today? In a Young Adult dystopia, though, in particular, there is hope. Always. So it wouldn’t be so bad. I know I for sure wouldn’t want to switch places with poor Winston from 1984. ^_^
- I don’t think I’d want to be a ghost – that means I’m dead, and usually not by choice. It also means that by the end of the story I probably won’t have survive… haha kind of a misnomer since I started off dead.
- I wouldn’t want to live in Gotham City – nope, a lot of those innocent bystanders get killed – actually maybe in any of the superhero universes. It’s just unsafe. I will risk never having Batman save me just to know that a piece of a building won’t crush me, or a Riddler won’t blow me up, or a car won’t explode next to me, or a helicopter land on me, lots of things call on the bystanders… And I really wouldn’t want to live really close to Arkham Asylum, people get out of there everyday.
- I wouldn’t want to live in the Disney universe. I mean, if you are even just a tinge not nice you are the evil bad guy. Plus, the patriarchy. Oh! And talking animals – which seems kinda cool at first, but might get tiresome after a while, I mean, I don’t think I can be a vegetarian! And what about all those dancing animated objects, would I even feel comfortable taking a drink out of a cup that I’m talking to?
- I wouldn’t want to be Bella. I mean talk about boring and then being ok with being stalked? And then the pregnancy fiasco and the blood drinking, and being a vampire and having to fight in wars with other vampires and no more sun! OH! What about my tan? Nope. I wouldn’t want to be in Twilight. I’d much rather be in Anne Rice’s Vampire stories – they at least have depth (well, not tanned depth, but you get what I mean. I’m bashing Twilight here. Just go with it.)
- Um, yeah, anyone from a dystopian. Seriously, Steph, why?
- Anyone from a romance novel, YA or otherwise. Just ugh.
- Any orphan in any book. The idea of the quest, of finding a place/family/adventure is appealing, until I remember that that would mean my parents dying. So no thanks.
- Julie/Verity, Maddie, or Rose from Elizabeth Wein’s WWII novels.
- The hat thieves in Jon Klassen’s picturebooks This is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back.
- Bella from Twilight. I’d end up killing Edward first chance I get and it would land me in YA protagonist jail.
- Katniss from The Hunger Games. Peeta is dreamy and all but I don’t fancy killing people. I’m not that good with blood.
- Saba from Blood Red Road. I’m allergic to dust.
- The little fish in This Is Not My Hat. You all know why.
- Blue from The Raven Boys. While I’d love to get to know and interact with them, not being able to kiss my one true love would suck something awful.