Top Ten Tuesday | Characters Who Would be... Trendsetters, Cryptologists and Greeting Card Writers…?


Hey, hey, happy readers and friends! Welcome to a new week. November is here in full swing (made it a week into this new month). Let’s give it a warm welcome with its first Top Ten Tuesday.

Broke and Bookish November 7: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That's your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?) - Brooke and Bookish 


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This week was tough to compile. Why I don’t know. Perhaps in part because, while reading, I don’t tend to think, “This character could do X when they grow up” or “X would make a great [fill in the blank]. Also, many times, well-formed characters already have ambitions that hint as to what they’ll be doing in adulthood. I think this often clouds ones perception (or it does mine in the case of this list) when it comes to list-making in this setting.

For example, I was going to add one character as someone who’d make a good blogger… only to have to give myself the metaphorical head against the wall chastise: um duh, you think this because said character blogs in the book!

With all that said, today I’m kind of thinking outside the box, breaking some prompt rules and celebrating characters with Finding Wonderland stylings. Or it could also be said today's list is a royal mess. (As long as we’re celebrating books and their characters, it's all good, right?) 

The first list is all about characters who might be great [insert the title]; and the next section are contemporary characters I’d like to see visit historical times… and be inserted into a historical world (without benefit of knowing they’re about to time travel) where they must navigate a world without the creature comforts of their modern world.  Finally, there’s a section of characters who I wish we knew better.

So, who are these characters? Let’s meet them!

Characters >>> Trendsetters, Detectives and Writers, oh my!

1. Teacher: Belle from Beauty and the Beast | I know Belle is a book worm, and we all love seeing her remain true to her roots (as a librarian or maybe book shop owner), but I think she’d make a lovely teacher too – she’s curious and wants to learn all there is to know about the world, a quality that would make her an ideal teacher. Amazon | Goodreads

2. Detective: Drew Farthering from the Drew Farthering Mystery (Rules of Murder) series by Julianna Deering | Who wouldn’t want to see Drew in our contemporary world as a detective? I could totally see this. His natural curiosity, and skill at puzzling out an enigma is one of his best qualities. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Detective: Aurelie Harcourt from Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politno | Despite the fact that she’s passionate about prose and telling a story, Aurelie may have an edge at the whole detective title. She’s currently (#AmReading) puzzling over a mystery, and trying to piece together the moving pieces. Amazon | Goodreads

4. Trendsetter: Lola Nolan from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins | Lola would be a good X in so many types of the fashion world. But for a less specific summery, I’ll pin a “trendsetter” title to her name. She stands out no matter what she went on to conquer, and I’d wager she did whatever it was in a fabulous, trend-setting fashion. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Leader: America Singer from ‘The Selection’ (The Selection) series by Kiera Cass | I haven't read the rest of these books. Because of this, I feel like my pegging America as as kind of leader is something that evolves in the latter books. Time will tell... once I finally finish this series. Amazon | Goodreads

6. Captain: Sofi Snow from The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber | She lives in a dystopian world, but who thinks Sofi would make a kick-butt military leader? She’s emotional and clouded by her personal feelings for those she loves (meaning she might be reckless), but her stubborn determination is impressive as is her ability to accomplish daring missions. Amazon | Goodreads


7. Author or Writer: Max Watson from The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord | It’s been far too long since I read this beauty (note to self: re-read this soon-ish - plus there's a sequel!! *squee*), so I could be way off on this assessment, but it seems like Max might be a good writer or author. Thoughts? Amazon | Goodreads

8. Greeting Card or Slogan Scripter: Maddy Whittier from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | With that concise wit (those book reviews!!) at her fingertips, Maddy would be the perfect person for this kind of job – plus, it sounds like an interesting profession. Amazon | Goodreads

Modern >>> Historical Setting

9. Code Breaker: Felicity Smoak from Arrow | There’s no techy cooler (maybe as cool) than Felicity, but what if she were to be sent in time, specifically 1940s WWII. Would she be a girl who might be needed as a code breaker? How would she fare do you think? Felicity Smoak Funko Pop! 

10. Country Gentleman: Xander Spence from The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | I love Xander. He’s such a cool character despite the stereotype. Because of that “cool exterior,” I’d like to see how Xander would settle in as a 19th century gentleman. Plus, doesn’t his name “fit” this life? (Modern yes, but it still… fits. Plus I think the dude could rock a top hat.) Amazon | Goodreads


Beloved Characters >>> Who Would They Be?

11. Bathsheba Everdene from Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy | Ok, so I don’t know that Bathsheba is “beloved,” but I do find her fascinating. Similarly, I also would like to know what makes Gabriel tick. This is a love story that defines the whole, “she doesn’t deserve him” opinion. Amazon | Goodreads

12. Beth March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott | Who do you suppose Beth March would have become? I feel like if she couldn't have become a concert pianist, she'd have been some kind of caretaker. Amazon | Goodreads

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Despite those above mentioned difficulties, as usual, another Top Ten Tuesday meme someone made sure it was still a fun task to put together. Tell me what characters you featured or what direction you took with today’s Top Ten Tuesday. Let’s chat all the bookish chatter down below.

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  1. I don't know how I managed to forget Belle on my teacher list! She would be such a great choice. :-) Fab list!

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    1. Thanks, Chrissi! I thought she seemed an excellent fit for that profession. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by.

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  2. I really enjoyed your list and got a few more books for tbr list!

    Ashley @ Caught Reading Redheaded

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    1. Thanks, Ashley - and happy TBR-ing!! It's always fun to add to that TBR. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by.

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  3. I found this week tricky for some reason too, but in the end decided to go with fashion trendsetters... Lola and America were on my list too. Great list - I love your twist on the prompt!

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    1. I'm so glad to not be alone in my thought that this one's difficult, Paige. Of course, it's still fun because BOOKS!! :)

      Appreciate you stopping by - and I look forward to reading about those fashion trendsetters.

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  4. It was such a hard topic this week! Belle would make a great teacher - and I really don't know about Beth. Maybe a piano teacher? Or something freelance since she likes being at home best :)

    My TTT: https://basedonthebook.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/top-ten-tuesday-10-book-characters-that.html

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    1. Excellent point about Beth! She does love being home, and as a teacher, I think she'd really thrive - especially in a one-on-one capacity. :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Catherine, as always.

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  5. Whenever I see Drew Farthering on a list it reminds me I need to read the rest of that series. And Felicity Smoak- great pick!!

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    1. Hope you find the time to enjoy the rest of the books, Greg - did you enjoy what you've read so far?

      Thanks! I though Felicity would be perfect in this role. :D

      Glad you stopped by.

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  6. Definitely agree that Lola would be a fantastic trendsetter and would love to have Belle as an English teacher!

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    1. Lola is SO vibrant, I doubt I'll easily forget her character. And yes! Perfect fit for Belle. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, Alison.

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  7. Such a great list! I could totally see Belle as a teacher or Lola as a trendsetter. And Maddy as a slogan scripter sounds so perfect too! And Felicity Smoak or Xander Spence in a historical setting would be so fun to watch :)

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    1. I don't know where I came up with Maddy as a slogan (greeting card) scripter (maybe I saw a character in a movie once who had this job), but when I thought of it, that just seemed to FIT with her. :)

      Also, YES! Wouldn't it be fun to see some of these characters try and fit into a historical world? :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, Lindsey.

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  8. I love the spin you put on the topic. This week’s list was tough for me, too. I don’t pay attention to which characters are good leaders.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Me too! I love characters and their strengths (and weaknesses) but I don't pay much attention beyond this - especially as most already have aspirations which I feel like shapes our image of them.

      Thanks so much for visiting, AJ! :)

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  9. Belle would be an amazing teacher! Love the concept of this TTT.

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    1. Indeed she would - and thank you, Bekah! I had fun with this one. :)

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