Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In OR Top Ten Characters I'd NEVER Want To Trade Places With

Top Ten Tuesday


  1. 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”.
  2. 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?)
  3. Any girl in a Charles Perrault fairy tale. Maybe Little Red, in specific.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.


  1. 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. ^_^
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.)


  1. Um, yeah, anyone from a dystopian. Seriously, Steph, why?
  2. Anyone from a romance novel, YA or otherwise. Just ugh.
  3. 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.
  4. Julie/Verity, Maddie, or Rose from Elizabeth Wein’s WWII novels.
  5. The hat thieves in Jon Klassen’s picturebooks This is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back.


  1. Bella from Twilight. I’d end up killing Edward first chance I get and it would land me in YA protagonist jail.
  2. Katniss from The Hunger Games. Peeta is dreamy and all but I don’t fancy killing people. I’m not that good with blood.
  3. Saba from Blood Red Road. I’m allergic to dust.
  4. The little fish in This Is Not My Hat. You all know why.
  5. 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.