T5W: Characters You Wouldn’t Want to Trade Places With

Greetings Fellow Book Dragons!

This is a weekly meme within the book community that was created by Lainey of GingerReadsLainey, but is now hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes.  If you’re interested in participating, find out more on the Goodreads group!

This week’s topic is Characters You Wouldn’t Want to Trade Places With!  Very self-explanatory, so in no particular order here are my picks.

1.  Alice Howland from Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Alice is an extremely accomplished professor at Harvard with three grown children and a successful husband; however, her life is forever changed when she receives a tragic diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s.  It was so heartbreaking and frightening to watch her question what was going on with her mind and knowing that finding out the answer would be just as painful.  She was still fairly young and there were so many life experiences waiting for her and her family that it just tears you up knowing that she will ultimately have no memory or control over her own body.  This book really puts life in perspective, and quite honestly, you’ll never look at Alzheimer’s the same way nor will you ever forget it!  What irony!

2.  Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir

Mark’s personality and sense of humor all while facing such insurmountable odds are what made me fall in love with this character; however, I also quickly realized that I would never survive the same situation!  We may never know how we truly would react until we are tested, but SCIENCE! and I just don’t get along.  Quick thinking is also not my forte, so that would definitely be a problem!  I quit scuba diving lessons because I just knew that in a panicked situation such as drowning, I probably couldn’t trust myself to do something as simple as drop the weight belt!  I’d freak out and flail around until it was too late.  Granted, the fight for survival would definitely push me towards some form of action, but the thought of being millions of miles away from anyone and alone on another planet just blows my mind!

3.  Mia Dennett from The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

I can’t really say much about this one because I don’t want to spoil anything, especially because the ending is why I chose this character!  This book is a very suspenseful story with great pacing and tension and to use an old cliche, you quickly realize that the grass really isn’t always greener on the other side!

4.  Archie Sheridan from Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Archie is a detective who spent years tracking down Gretchen, a beautiful and brutal serial killer; however, she ultimately caught him, tortured him, let him go, and then turned herself in.  Survivor’s guilt plagues him, but he’s also torn about the feelings he continues to have for her.  As much as you want Archie to get over it and forget about Gretchen and turn his life around, his character embodies the idea that the heart wants what the heart wants even though these types of relationships are so destructive to everyone involved.

5.  Cersei Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Queen Regent Cersei Lannister by JohnnyClark
source:  http://johnnyclark.deviantart.com/art/Queen-Regent-Cersei-Lannister-440437112

One of Cersei’s famous lines is included in the picture above:  “When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.”  And let’s just say that I know if I was trapped in the horrible world of Westeros, I’d die!  Cersei is a character I love to hate for all the horrible things that she does and says, but at the same time, I can understand her motivations and I love her for continuing to fight everyday.  There are times even today when it’s hard to be a woman, but imagining the idea of being a woman in this world is absolutely frightening to me!  And when you’re a tough, resilient in her own way, and strong woman like Cersei living in such a brutal place, it’s no wonder she wasn’t driven to madness long before her current situation!  I truly enjoy reading about this place, but never let me end up there even in my dreams because it never ends well!

So those are the characters I wouldn’t want to trade places with.  Do you have any?  Let me know in the comments.

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