My Top Ten….Books I Wish I Was A Character From (Part II)

As promised in yesterday’s post, here are my top five books I wish I was a character from!!

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5.) Robert Langdon – The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

Robert Langdon has to be one of the most brilliant characters ever created.  The amount of knowledge the man has is insane.  The best part about him is that he is completely normal!  He swims every morning, is a teacher, and lectures amongst other things.  His knowledge of symbols and their deeper meanings are astounding.  His abilities to put together puzzle after puzzle is admirable.  Of all the books that Dan Brown has written with Langdon as a character, Da Vinci Code is the one I chose to want to be from.  I’d love to be taken all through Europe on a quest for the holy grail.  Being a puzzle lover myself, I can only imagine what it would be like to get to take a crack at the codes that he gets to solve.  How cool would that be?

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4.) Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

With Pride and Prejudice being my all time favorite book is it really that shocking that I’d want to be Elizabeth Bennet??  Elizabeth is a woman after my own heart. She’s witty, passionate, fiercely loyal to those around her and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.  She is a bit of a modern woman stuck in old times.  Now, the real reason I want to be her?  Mr. Darcy of course!!! Is there any woman who has read Pride and Prejudice and NOT fallen in love with Mr. Darcy??  Mr. Darcy sees Elizabeth for who she really is and falls in love with her.  He sees that she’s not a cookie cutter woman who throws herself at a man simply so that she can have a house and income to survive on.  She turns down two marriage proposals, wanting to rather be penniless than to marry for anything but the strongest of true loves.  She gets just that in the end, and it’s for that reason I’d love to be her. 

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3.) Percy Jackson – The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson has quite an interesting family tree.  On a school trip to a museum he finds that not only is he the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, but that he is under attack by evil forces which wish to destroy him and all the other children of Greek gods and goddesses.  Apart from the whole defending your life portion of being Percy Jackson, it would be incredibly awesome to wield his powers.  The ability to control water as if it was a living object under your command is incredible, and Percy finds that his powers don’t stop there.  He has a natural ability to lead and defend his friends, and he becomes a great warrior.  Who wouldn’t want to be this guy?  Additional perks would include having a bunch of other Greek god and goddess children as friends and spending Christmas with uncle Zeus.  Not too shabby, huh?

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2.) Charlie – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

I challenge you to find a child that grew up in America that does not know the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  From Gobstoppers to Three-Course dinner chewing gum, Dahl created a world of crazy candies and impossible sights and sounds.  Being Charlie would be like being a kid in a candy store, literally.  Imagine turning into a blueberry or being shrunken down to miniature size, driving a rootbeer-powered car, flying because of fizzy drink, or being able to lick wallpaper that tastes like candy.  These are all things Charlie got to see and do in the pages of one of my favorite children’s books.  The chocolate river, the oompa loompas, the candy that grows on trees: these are all things that I wish could be real.  Being Charlie, just even for a day, would allow me to indulge in that childhood dream, and would allow me to forget all my worries and cares.

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1.) Harry Potter – The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Magic?  Check.  Flying?  Check.  Witches and wizards?  Check.  A hidden world of adventure, danger, and unbelievable sights and sounds that can’t be explained?  Of course.  This is the world of a wizard known as Harry Potter.  Ever since I’ve read the first novel in the series, I’ve had a serious itching to play Quidditch.  I would also love to be able to change an inanimate object into an animal, and to send letters via my owl.  As Harry Potter, I would have the ability to do all of this and more.  Often people dream of magical worlds, but the world that Rowling creates is beyond anything I could imagine.  I honestly would love to be able to go to Hogwarts and get lost in the magical world.  It seems so honest and removed from the stress and trials of ordinary life.  To escape to this world would be the ultimate experience, and out of all the books that I wish I was a character from, this is my top one!

Well readers, what books do you want to jump in the pages of?  Why?  Do you agree with my choices? Disagree?  Let me know in the comments section below!

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6 thoughts on “My Top Ten….Books I Wish I Was A Character From (Part II)

  1. If I had to choose “Books I Wish I Was A Character From”, I’d choose…

    10) Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – I’d love to be HERMOINE because she is so absolutely awe-inspiring, and such a good friend. Plus, I have a wee bit of a crush on Weasley anyway! 😉

    9) The Help by Kathryn Stockett – I’d be MS. SKEETER, because I’d like to be the one to bring the stories of such strong women forth to the readers of the world – and go beyond the conventions and norms of the society to do the right thing.

    8) The Cider House Rules by John Irving – HOMER WELLS may be an orphan, and his circumstances may be meager, but he is a magnanimous hero who is kind, generous, accepting and incredibly noble. Also, he gets to practice medicine – my passion.

    7) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer/Anne Barrows – I’d be JULIET ASHTON from this wonderful, heart-warming, feel good novel set in a troubling war. This character is sweet, quirky, funny and very understanding, I love that about her.

    6) Chocolat by Joanne Harris – I’d be VIANNE HARRIS, the beautiful newcomer, who happens to create a stir in the town she visits – who barrels into the lives of the villagers, and makes room in their hearts. Of course, I’d also be a great confectioner, and if I had any say in it, 250 pounds heavier than the actual Vianne of the book because I’d keep eating my own confections!

    5) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – yes, CATHY is atrocious in her behavior – stubborn, sometimes even cruel, but she’s also immensely in love with a boy she knows her family will never accept, and it is a secret love within herself that eats her up from the inside. She, however, gets to experience the maddening and passionate love of Heathcliff – what more can a girl want?

    4) The History of Love by Nicole Krauss – I’d love to be ALMA from this novel – but not the little girl searching to fill a void in her life, but the girl for whom Leo Gursky writes his beautiful novel. He’s a man who thrives on his memories, they are the only things keeping him warm on cold nights, and in old age – I would want to be loved that way, who wouldn’t?

    3) The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks – Of course, a love like Noah and Allie’s is nearly impossible to come by in this day and age, but I’d love to be ALLIE, and find my Noah in this great, big, confusing world of ours.

    2) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – There are very few heroines I’ve related to more than JO MARCH. She is a tomboy (check), loves to write (check), is deeply passionate & a romantic at heart (check), yet, tends to frown upon frivolous romances (check). It always warms my heart that she’s also a sensible, loving and doting daughter and sister – which are strong suits in any character I’d love – a family gal! 🙂

    1) Pride & Prejudice – If there is one heroine that always manages to astound me with her wit, charm and intelligence, regardless of how many times I read about her, it is ELIZABETH BENNETT. She is, quite possibly, my favorite literary heroine. What wouldn’t I give to attend balls at Pemberley Place, and to look into the eyes of the ever-stoic, but incredibly charming Mr. Darcy *le sigh*.

    Thank you for sharing these posts with us – it really got my mind going, and I really enjoyed thinking about my own choices. Really looking forward to more of your posts!

    ~Hira H.
    Email: Enamoredsoul@gmail.com
    Twitter: @inluvwithbookz

    • Hira LOVE YOUR CHOICES!! I totally forgot about Little Woman, Cider House Rules, and Chocolat!! There are SO many good books out there it’s so difficult doing these top ten lists. Thats why I only have one top ten list a month. I literally ponder over what I should pick for a full month. It’s enough to make a person go crazy!!

  2. Loved your posts Kimmy!

    I have to admit, I was able to relate more to your top 5 than your 10-6 books just because more of those titles appeal to me. For the books that I have read, I definitely agree with you! Although I’m still a little bit stumped as to which Robert Langdon I would like to be. It’s true that DaVinci Code would be excellent because it’s a quest through Europe chasing after one of the most coveted historical artifacts ever, however Angels & Demons is a close call just because of the great element of science that goes along with it. BUT, after reading Lost Symbol, the fact that takes place within our own backyard – that’s pretty amazing to me and is something that I am definitely going to journey though one of these summers. However, I wouldn’t want to be Langdon in Lost Symbol simply because of Mal’akh and the fact that just reading the book he made me double-check that my doors were locked. So it’s a toss-up between DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons.

    • Thanks Greggy! I was originally going to pick the whole Robert Langdon series but the more I thought about it I really specifically wanted to do DaVinci Code. I credit that book with opening my eyes to Dan Brown’s writing. I really liked Angels and Demons but the science got to me after a bit, hence my choice. I’m glad that you’d want to be Langdon too though. Dude is pretty awesome.

  3. Regarding Roald Dahl — I accept your challenge, because, *ahem* I am that child. Yup, I grew up in the good ol’ USA, and have never read the book, or seen either movie adaptation. I don’t know, I guess somehow it never appealed to me. 🙂

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