Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (Click the image to visit them). This week the theme is Top Ten Worlds you wouldn’t like to live in, OR Top Ten Characters you’d never want to trade places with.
I went with the characters that I wouldn’t want to trade places with….and it was so much more fun than I thought it was going to be!
Katniss in The Hunger Games Trilogy: (haha PEENISS) I’m not even talking about the being thrust into an arena where everyone is trying to kill you. I’m not even talking about having to kill innocent people, and/or watching them die, or having the weight of the world on your shoulders in a rebellion that you didn’t mean to start. I am of course, talking about the fact that she has to leave Hot Gale and put up with Peeta (ugh Peeta) for three whole books. AND PEETA RUINS EVERYTHING. That my friends is why I wouldn’t want to trade places with Katniss. (Actually I really would, but obviously I would have just run away with Gale in the first place and save everyone a lot of heartache!)
Todd (& Viola) in the Chaos Walking Trilogy: I’m only 3/4 of the way through The Ask and the Answer so no spoilers please! But, I mean seriously, these poor kids. What a shitty world to be in. First, the whole hearing everyone’s thoughts thing must drive you insane, and then to be told that everything you thought you knew was a lie and the knowing the truth means you can never go back, and being involved in a war that you don’t agree with and being split up from the only person you have left…oh it just goes on and on.
Aspen in The Selection: Yes he’s a douche for breaking up with America in the first place but then having to watch her being schmoooozed by someone hotter and with far more prospects than him must be tough, and having to work for him. Gutted.
Jamie/JJ in The Pilo Family Circus: I can think of nothing worse than being dragged into a parallel universe by three psychotic clowns and forced to become one yourself. Not only that but Jamie’s clown alter-ego JJ decides that Jamie needs to die. Ahhhh, get me out!!
The Mum in Room: It’s bad enough being in the mind of 4 year Jack whose existence in ‘the room’ is all he has ever known. But his mum knows otherwise. She knows that there is a world outside. She knows that she and Jack are captives and that their captor keeps them in a room of depravity and she knows exactly what he wants every time he unbolts that door. Thankfully, I can only imagine!
Melanie in The Host: Can you imagine your body being taken over by another soul that is trying to push you out? Taking control of you, touching your hot boyfriend and then making out with some guy you don’t even like – who – by the way is clearly nowhere near as hot as angry bf? Err no thanks. Threesomes never end well (so I’m told 😉 ), not even when there’s only two bodies involved. CONFUSING.
Anyone in The Uglies Series ever: Horrible, horrible world where looks mean so much that you have to have surgery aged 16 so people aren’t disgusted by you. What the hell!?
Richard Neville in I am Legend: I’m a vampire fan but even I wouldn’t like the be the last human alive surrounded by these vamps. Sometimes he hunts them but usually he just barricades himself in and waits for daylight. How dull. And, he resorts to begging a dog to be his friend. Bad times.
Iseult from Tristan & Iseult: Or more generally just being born into a world where women are second class citizens who have no free will. Being forced to marry some old, fat, violent man for money or the good of everyone else…I don’t think so.
Christine in Before I go to Sleep: This is totally one of my worse nightmares – forgetting absolutely everything you know, including who you are and who your friends/family are every single time you go to sleep! Over and over and over again. All the work you put in each day just so you can have an hour or so of feeling safe to forget it all again. Ugh.
What would make your list? Feel free to leave a link if you posted one.
This Week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Books/Series that you’d like to see adapted for Movies/TV Shows. I had already scheduled this post to go out today so now I’m looking at it as my anti-TTT post. lol.
This is is why I couldn’t choose 10 books I’d like to see adapted for the screen.
Dear Film-makers, please stop.
First you turned Twilight into such a farce I nearly got thrown out of the cinema for laughing AT IT so hard. You made Edward look like Lurch and there was something really wrong with Jasper’s face.
You also made to the only person in it that was not supposed to be hot, really hot. Well done.
Then you turned one of the most awesome and exciting books I ever read into a complete SNOOZEFEST when you tried to adapt The Hunger Games. I realise that I might be the only person in the world who hated that film, but it was RUBBISH. I mean, I really love Jennifer Lawrence but even she couldn’t save it.
1. Katniss was supposed to be starving but that didn’t really come across so it kinda just looked like Peeta tried to kill her by throwing a brick of burnt bread at her head. Luckily he missed. 2. Peeta…oh jesus, really? NO! 3. The fights were lame, the mutts were pointless and the training scenes were just too boring. Haymitch was alright though. So +1 point to The Hunger Games. Actually no, make that 1 pt to Woody Harrelson and 0 to The Hunger Games.
And don’t even get me started on The Time Traveller’s Wife. There are just no words to describe how awful that film was and how perfect the book is. Or Inkheart, or Cirque Du Freak. Or Five Children and It. Truly, truly terrible all of them. I could go on but I’ll spare you for now.
I think the only adaptations that I have actually liked have been Interview with a Vampire, Tuck Everlasting, Peter Pan (the live action version) and The Neverending Story. The Narnia films were enjoyable but obviously nowhere near as good as the books, or the BBC version for that matter. And The Host was surprisingly OK.
But now, there is The Book Thief. Why, why why? The trailer is not giving me much confidence really, it’s bound to be difficult to adapt a book in which the narrator is Death and I just can’t see how they will translate that so the essence of the story is intact. It just won’t be will it!?
For some reason I am kind of looking forward to The Mortal Instruments – City of Bones though which I’m going to see tonight. I didn’t love the book so hopefully I won’t get that ohmygodwhathaveyoudonetomyfavouritebook feeling. I do have CASTING RAGE with it though, as is standard. I mean, really?
I don’t know why I continue to go and see film versions of my favourite books because afterwards I can’t help but picture the characters that way instead of how I pictured them in the first place. It totally ruins it. But I do it every time. I have issues, I know. I do really enjoy slagging them off though.
A couple of days ago I officially declared my LOVE for The Selection by Kiera Cass but I was finding it hard to put my love into words so I enlisted my BFF Dianne of the Tanner to help me. Read my original post here. But if you’re too lazy to go and read that (shame on you), here’s the lowdown on The Selection again.
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
To my delight Di didn’t hate The Selection. WIN. We talked about the book, the similarities to the Hunger Games (because we are a bit obsessed with the Hunger Games) and the TV show that will or won’t or possibly already happened (!?). And of course, we had to decide: Team Aspen or Team Maxon.
Our rant went something like this:
ME: I’d never heard of The Selection until I saw it on Amazon and WOWed at the cover. I thought it was so pretty and looked magical and I HAD to buy it. When I handed it over to you however, you did what can only be described as a guffaw and said it looked terrible.
What were your actual first impressions from the cover and the premise? DT: Oh lord. My initial reaction when I saw the cover was ‘have you given me a Princess Diaries book to read?’ The cover is hilariously awful but I kind of love it. I felt pretty amazing reading it on the tube.
I really had no idea what to expect from the premise and initially was a bit wtf until about 3 pages in when I realised it was a bit HUNGER GAMES and perked up. Oh they live in America gone wrong in the future, it’s fine this I can get into.
What did you think of America Singer initially…apart from the stupid name of course? Aw bless her, she is trying so hard to be a stereotypical “tough girl” in a “hard world” who looks after other people and has no idea what others see in her – a bit over done at this point! *Katniss*
-Yeah it’s nice to have that ‘hardness’ and it not be about violence though. That’s refreshing. It’s all about her CHARM.
Did the similarities to The Hunger Games annoy you? I thought it was a bit of a rip off at first but I thought the Casts were actually a pretty good idea in the end… Frankly anything that is vaguely similar to the Hunger Games to fill the gap since there is NO MORE HUNGER GAMES can only be a good thing so I have no idea what you are talking about. -Haha true dat. I was just anticipating you hating it.
How did you picture Aspen? A bit fit obviously, but what a douche. -SUCH A DOUCHE! Almost as bad as Peeta!
The dialogue was pretty laughable on some occasions, OK on most occasions…especially the way Maxon talks. I bet you hate him don’t you? I actually really loved him! I KNEW you expected me to be Team Aspen. I wonder if maybe we didn’t get to spend enough time with him. He sounds like a bit of a douche, but then he gets all muscles and stuff later on so maybe IDK. Wait this question was about Maxon. What?
Oh yeah. He was quite lovely. I feel like he has a nice smile. -I REALLY DID EXPECT YOU TO BE TEAM ASPEN. I was all ready for a ‘hunger games’ debate about it. I’m a bit disappointed in you really. WE NEVER AGREE, SO WELL DONE KIERA CASS. Also…haha ‘quite lovely’. Indeed.
But would you be his ‘Dear?’ LOL. Most certainly. I feel like there is a WHOLE LOAD of unwritten dark shit going on with the country and stuff and lets be honest he is clearly going to sort that shit out. [Let’s hope so] This book is so predictable I feel like I could write the next 3 – 4 in the series.
-Yeah I really wished that element of the story was explored more. It is a little bit in the next book but still definitely not enough. It could be a really cool dystopian series if that was concentrated on more but I guess with the dystopian element being left in the background we could focus on swooning over Maxon and hating on all the other girls. I am such a girl-hater sometimes.
America is feisty though, I love her. After all, she did kick the Prince in the balls. Discuss: In the thigh IT WAS HIS THIGH. I love how often they use the word “groin” in this book. She is feisty but it felt a little forced. Oh like you have to be the feisty one who is “true to herself” right because that’s what all girls can relate to. Unless you are Bella Swan then you are just LAME. -(Ignoring that Bella comment!)Are you sure it wasn’t the balls? Surely ‘groin’ is just YA code for BALLS?
May Vs Prim? I liked May. Much better than Prim.God Prim is so annoying.
OK we can’t put it off any longer….ASPEN OR MAXON??? Maxon. Everything about Aspen just wound me up I feel like if he ever actually had sex with America he would be like meh.
-YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS I CAN’T BELEIVE WE ACTUALLY AGREE. And now we will have to compete for his affections.
Pick one thing you LOVED about The Selection… I liked that although it was clearly aimed at 14 year olds, there were parts that were quite dark with regards to the “dystopian” nature of the world they live in. As I said, I feel like there is a lot more of that to come out in further books. I was like 1 chapter from the end going “but how can this book be about to end they haven’t even done anything.”
-Yeah I remember flicking through the pages that were left and I was like THERE IS HALF THE BOOK MISSING, SURELY. I’m quite worried you will be disappointed by The Elite because there is still not enough Book. THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH.
And one thing you HATED?
I don’t think there was any need to end this book when it did. Right in the middle of everything, its such a short book I feel like they could have expanded a lot. I can’t work out what age group exactly it is aimed at because there is quite a lot of HEAVY PETTING. -HAHAHA HEAVY PETTING. That is all.
Now please explain to me why I loved it so much?? Because you love trash, Lauren. -Too right.
Would you like book #2, The Elite? Yes immediately please. -I might not see you for a few weeks. I will post it to you if you’ll post The Selection back. I NEED IT BACK PRONTO.
What else do we need to talk about?
The One (#3) isn’t out until MAY 2014 – What kind of bullshit is that!?
I refuse to believe it takes that long to write these books.
AND, THE TV SHOW: The powers that be have been trying to turn The Selection into a TV show for a while now. Apparently the first pilot starred Ethan Peck as Maxon and PETER PEVENSIE as Aspen but wasn’t picked up.
Another pilot is said to be in production with none other than GILES!!!!! WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!
I had heard that this was already a straight to TV movie actually. PETER PEVENSIE IS THE PERFECT PRINCE MAXON! [He was Aspen, Di…oh never mind] Who is Giles playing, THE KING??? KING GILES???
OF COURSE HE IS PLAYING THE KING! It will fill the King Giles-sized hole that Merlin took away from me! IT HAS to get made.
WE WILL WATCH THIS SPACE!
I first met Di on the streets of London YEARS AGO (let’s not think about that!) when we used to stalk the same band up and down the country. She knew my name and it freaked me out. I signed her enormous NZ flag (YUSS, she’s Kiwi) and realised that she was even louder than me. It kind of went from there and long after said band disappeared and we got a bit grown-up (eurrrgh!) we have remained friends. Even though we live on opposite sides of London, we meet up for book-swapping, film-watching and ranting over a few (a lot of) drinks as often as possible. Di is a self-taught photographer and jewellry maker. She blogs about these things plus books and life n’ shiz at Icefloe. Go say hi, she is lovely.