hmmmmmmmmmm……the trick to this one is that there are some characters I really like or wouldn’t mind having some of their qualities or abilities, but they go through hell in their books…so, I decided to focus on ones where I think I’d have a pretty good time and face minimal danger!
1. Elizabeth Bennett from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I think a lot of women see themselves in Elizabeth…who could resist the chance to actually be her for a day!
2. Becky Bloomwood/Brandon from Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series. She does have some issues, but her life sounds pretty nice. Wouldn’t mind trying it on.
3. I would love to be a member of Marian Keyes’s Walsh family for 24 hours. Some of the sisters have gone through harder times than others…so I’d probably want to be Claire (the heroine of Watermelon) or Helen (who doesn’t have her own book yet…).
4. Okay, I would want to be Jane Eyre for a day….the scenery alone would be amazing, and since it’s one of my favorite books….
5-6. Call me weird, but I wouldn’t mind being Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations for a day…I think there’s a draw to being able to be a rich eccentric who gets to malinger because she’s a rich eccentric. Appeals to my “poor me! why me?” moments. I’d also like to be the version of Miss H. from Jasper Fforde’s novel The Well of Lost Plots. She’s kind of badass
7. I’d like to experience Hamilton and Trenton as Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich’s books. I’m from the area, so I tend to know what’s real or what’s based on real. It’d be interesting to see what life is like in alternate Hamilton/Trenton.
8. I think it would be fun to be Flora Poste in Stella Gibbon’s Cold Comfort Farm…fun to walk around and experience the weirdness that abounds on the farm.
9. I like the idea of being a detective, and would probably like to try on being Kinsey Millhone from Sue Grafton’s mysteries for a day. Not on a day when Kinsey runs afoul of a murderer though…maybe one where she kicks some butt and solves a crime or two.
10. A more peripheral, but great character is Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould from Anne Perry’s Inspector Pitt mysteries. She’s rich, aristocratic, has an interesting past and only says sensible, discerning things. She’d be great fun.
How about you? Who would you switch places with for a day?