Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.


So, we had an option for today’s TTT – Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In OR Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With.  I actually had to really think about which one I wanted to do, but I decided to go with the second option.  It just seemed more fun.

In no particular order . . .

1.  Harry Potter from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Harry is an amazing character, and I love him.  But I do not, even in the slightest, want to be in his place.  I don’t want to be in his position living in the cupboard under the stairs, I don’t want to be in his position when he realizes that he’s famous in the wizarding world, and I certainly do not want to be in his position at the end.

2.  Cassel Sharp from White Cat by Holly Black
Cassel thinks he’s murdered his best friend.  I would not want that weight on my shoulders.  Or his family.

3.  Clay from Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Oh my gosh, seriously, no.

4.  Cinder from Cinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Again, it’s another character who has all this pressure pressing down on her.  I just couldn’t handle that.

5.  Lyra Belaqua from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
I love Lyra.  She’s one of my favorite characters ever, but I do want to be her.  At all.

6.  Queenie from Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Do I even need to explain this one?

7.  Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Okay, so I actually I haven’t finished this book yet, but I do NOT want to be Elisa.  Not because she’s overweight, but because  she has so much on her shoulders.  Similar, in a way, to Harry Potter.

8.  Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson & the Olympian series and The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Okay, so having Percy Jackson as a friend might make it worth it.  But all those monsters always trying to kill Annabeth, and all the gods fooling around in their lives . . . well, that kind of sucks.

9.  Jasper Dent from I Hunt Killers & Game by Barry Lyga
His dad’s a serial killer, and Jasper is terrified that he’ll end up like his father.  I love these books, but no way do I want to have to deal with that.

10.  Elvie from Mothership by Isla Neal & Martin Leicht.
Do I want to swap places with a teenaged pregnant girl who’s boyfriend ditched her, then, while she’s on a spaceship orbiting Earth for other pregnant teens the ship is invaded by aliens?  Ummm . . . no, thanks.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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27 Responses to Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With

  1. leydylaura says:

    I need to read Code Name Verity! Great list!

    Check out our TTT of this week.

    Leydy @ OUaT & Redcarpetendings

  2. So True! As much as I might want to live in a world where I could go to Hogwarts.. I wouldn’t want to be Harry.. So much pressure! Same with Cinder! .. Space.. oh ya. super cool!… But.. I like all my body pieces in tact.. and not having like computer chips in my head and an evil queen who wants me dead.. I’ll Take Kai and Iko though!.. and Thorne… and Scarlett.. and Cress.. I’ll take the world.. Not the life and events haha. Great choices! Here are ours!

  3. maggiegordon says:

    Cassel and Cinder need ALL THE HUGS FOREVER. The world of the Curseworkers is truly a frightening place!

  4. Harry Potter totally made my list too. I think he’s pretty badass and kind of amazing but nope, I’d never ever ever ever want to be him. I mean, eventually he gets the life he deserves, but it’s so much hurt and unpleasantly in his life, especially for the most part in all the books.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts BooksMy TTT

    • Quinn says:

      I love Harry, too. He raising to the challenge so many times. He’s brave and loyal, and smart. But that kidn of pressure. And at the end, when he walks into the forest. The amount of courage he had, it’s amazing. But terrifying to have to go through that.

  5. ChrissiReads says:

    I definitely wouldn’t want to be Harry either, even though I love his story. Great list 🙂

  6. AJ Fairchild says:

    Great picks here! I think being any of the characters in Thirteen Reasons Why would make me cringe.

  7. Jasper Dent definitely made my list!! How freaking awful would that be to be raised like that?? I almost put Clay on my list too. What a terrible way to find out why someone committed suicide. Just terrible. Loved that book though. And I’d never thought about being Harry except for all the cool stuff he gets to do, but you are so right… It really wouldn’t be much fun being him 😦

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    • Quinn says:

      Seriously, being raised like Jasper was – it’s terrible. I can’t even imagine how he turned out as normal as he is – and he isn’t that normal really.

      And Clay. That kind of thing would change him. Well, that isn’t such a bad thing – to be careful about how to treat people because you don’t know what’s going on in their lives, but still, what a way to learn that. And he was a nice guy, too.

  8. Camille says:

    Out of all the books, I’ve only read the Harry Potter series and Harry Potter is in my list of characters I’d never want to trade places with. Nevertheless, the rest of your selection sounds like really awesome books. I have Cinder and Code Name Verity on my tbr pile.

    Thanks for sharing! Here’s my TTT post 🙂

    • Quinn says:

      HP is one of my favorite series ever, but as much as I love the books and characters, there is no way I’d ever want to be him.

      Oh, and you should read Cinder & Code Name Verity! Soooo good.

  9. Harry Potter and Cinder were both on my list too! I would however, love to live in the world of HP, as long as Voldemort was truly dead and I was a witch not a muggle! Lyra is a great pick too that I actually never thought of. I love that series but poor Lyra has it rough!

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    • Quinn says:

      Oh, yeah, I would love to living in the Wizarding World, too. And go to Hogwarts. And meet Hagrid! But I would never want to be Harry, Ron or Hermione. The pressure.

  10. BookTasty says:

    You know you’re right Elisa, Harry Potter, Cinder and Scarlet all have so much stress weighing down on them! “You want me to save the known world?!?!” I am strong, but not strong enough for all of that nonsense! I’ll just curl up in my jim jams and read about it instead! 🙂

  11. Krista Davis says:

    Poor CINDER! She really is in an awful spot. I would never want to be her.

    TTT @ Krista’s Dust Jacket

  12. bftreviews says:

    Great list! You picked some really good ones.

  13. Liesel Hill says:

    I did places, not characters, but I think the character topic is an interesting one. The better the literary character–the more dynamic, compelling, etc.–the more the world sucks for them, which is why we wouldn’t want to be them. Of course that’s true of worlds, too. The better the world, the less I’d want to live there. 😀 Great list!

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  14. Maggie says:

    Code Name Verity is so terrifying because you know there were women in that position in WWII and men and women in terribly situations in other wars. I think that’s what made me so sad about Rose Under Fire, somehow that affected me more than CNV. Great list!

  15. Great list! I love the inclusion of The Golden Compass – I love those books but in no way would I want to trade places with Lyra!

  16. Michelle says:

    haha I was going to comment about your Harry Potter pick but I see that basically everyone has already mentioned that. 😛 I wouldn’t want to be Harry, but I wouldn’t mind magic to be sure.

  17. I don’t do well under pressure so I know I wouldn’t want to be Harry, Annabeth, or Cinder. And don’t get me started on Clay…talk about traumatizing! Great list! I need to read The Golden Compass and Code Name Verity soon.

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