I had a hard time coming up with characters for this book tag.
I need to read more YA. With “adult” novels, I don’t tend to care about (or remember) the characters.
“The THEMES are the really important thing-”
No. False. Write better characters.
I found this tag and loved it. The gist of the tag:
- Choose 30 random book characters (I chose two each from 15 books)
- Put all the names in a cup and draw the characters in pairs
- Answer the following questions using your drawn pairs
- Choose the character most suitable for the task described; the other character is “not good enough”
Harsh! I love it!
I couldn’t wait – I drew my names at work.
The results I got were…interesting. (Minor spoilers)
You only have one more spot on your Spelling Bee team. Who would you pick to complete your team?
I am almost positive Sean never went to school – he grew up in a barn raising horses while George got that classical education. Gotta go with George Knightley.
Both characters want to kill you. Which one would you kill off so you have a better chance of surviving?
Lizzie Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) or Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices)
I initially felt guilty because Original Lizzie isn’t nearly as vicious as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Lizzie. Who am I to call her harmless?
That guilt went away once I realized this question gave me an opportunity to kill Will Herondale. I’ve wanted this for so long…
You’re on “The Bachelorette” and you’re down to these two characters. Which one are you giving your rose to?
Will is 12. I can’t go for that.
Also, think of how insufferable he’ll be as an ADULT.
For a while, Wolf was my ideal man. I love stoic muscle (hello, Mori), so I’m picking it.
You’ve been chosen for the Hunger Games. Who would most likely volunteer in your place?
Scarlet Benoit (The Lunar Chronicles) or Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)
OOOH. This is tough. Both are fairly selfless.
But Tohru wins that contest.
Why should Scarlet care about me? I’m not her grandma.
Tohru once saved an entire family of rude, rich people. She wouldn’t win The Hunger Games, but she’d play them in my stead.
Thinking about that makes me sad…
You’re stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?
Puck Connolly (The Scorpio Races) or Ronan Lynch (The Raven Cycle)
I won’t hurt Ronan. He must be protected.
So…Puck. Smaller, yes, but easier to overpower.
I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry.
You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero. Who is your sidekick?
Simon Snow (Carry On) or Princess Addie (The Two Princesses of Bamarre)
Addie would be a more dynamic character, having to overcome her fear for the good of the people.
But past preferences lead me to choose the angry redhead AGAIN. Simon Snow, be my Robin.
You’re the manager of an avocado-admiring company. Who would you fire for lack of communication skills?
Princess Meryl (The Two Princesses of Bamarre) or Todd Hewitt (Chaos Walking)
EVERYONE IN THE WORLD CAN HEAR TODD’S THOUGHTS.
Meryl neglected to mention her debilitating illness and her dream to BECOME A FAIRY.
You’ve just finished a book in which your favorite character dies. Which character is most likely to comfort you?
Emma Woodhouse (Emma) or Alec Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments)
Of course I pick the TWO LEAST EMPATHETIC PEOPLE ON THE LIST.
Emma’s self-centered, but she’s a good friend.
Alec can’t deal.
Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?
Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) or Lyra Belacqua (His Dark Materials)
What an odd pairing…
I’d take the super rich guy over the street urchin, personally.
She has the silver tongue, but he has money and the patriarchy on his side.
Fitzwilliam, you scamp!
The day has arrived; you’re finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?
Richard Gansey (The Raven Cycle) or Ron Weasley (The Harry Potter series)
Which is the bigger sin: spaciness or stupidity?
Ron pitches fits and disappears and I hate him…
…but he never forgets a birthday.
YOU’RE KIDDING. I HAVE TO CHOOSE RON?
You’ve just found an upcoming Booktube star. Who would it most likely be?
Tyrannus Basilton “Baz” Grimm Pitch (Carry On) or Hermione Granger (The Harry Potter Series)
I knew before I finished typing the names that I had to pick Hermione.
You think of books, you think of Hermione, and vice-versa.
BUT I WOULDN’T WATCH HER CHANNEL.
Baz…you’re not good enough. (I’M SO SORRY.)
Sleepover time! Unfortunately, you can only invite one person. Who would you invite?
Simon Lewis (The Mortal Instruments) or Felicity Montague (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue)
Of COURSE I pick Felicity! No sexual tension and she doesn’t want to suck my blood!
I can just imagine us sitting in my apartment…reading books…
Be my girl, Felicity.
Bam. You’re pregnant. Who’s the father/mother?
Henry Montague (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue) or Liraz (The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy)
Well…I’m celibate. So this isn’t likely to happen.
But…in the interest of science…
I’m almost positive Liraz is asexual.
And Henry’s always trying to get it.
He would get me pregnant. Or, at the very least, try.
You’ve just written a super important text. Who would ‘see’ it, but not reply?
Viola Eade (Chaos Walking) or Yuki Sohma (Fruits Basket)
I would scream at him later and he’d just brush me off.
Or kick me through a door.
You’ve just woken up and it’s time for breakfast. Your mum’s been replaced by..who?
Jem Carstairs (The Infernal Devices) or Akiva (The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy)
I’m trying to understand this question.
Is this an alternate universe?
Was there a memory wipe involved?
Is my dad now in a relationship with one of these men?
Do I have to call them “Dad”?
Can I NOT?
Jem Carstairs is the more nurturing character. (Does Akiva have a personality?)