Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School, sigh

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a top ten list every Tuesday (obviously) centered around a book-related topic. If you’ve got a blog and did a list for this week, feel free to link in the comments so we can chat! If you haven't, feel free to discuss anyways!

Without ado, this week's TTT topic:

Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

Are we going by the assumption that if I ask, they'll agree?

1. Jun-sang (Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick)

I feel like I'm cheating because Demick's Nothing to Envy is narrative non-fiction, i.e. this person exists under a real name. But honestly, science student? Literature lover? We'd hit it off right away (minus communication barrier, because I can't remember if he speaks English). I'd also love to hear his account of the N. Korea gov't firsthand, and compare with local politics.

2. Legolas (from LOTR)
Because Elves are awesome, I need to learn Elvish, LOTR is awesome, bow-and-arrows are totally in fashion. Also, he can sing. Need I say more?

(Hang on, do Middle-earth Elves even go to school?)

3. Tyene Sand (from A Song of Ice and Fire)

She could teach me a lot about disguises and poisons, which is necessary for my world domination plan writing. On second thought, maybe she'd try to poison me ... not good ... should I find someone who can recognize poisons?

4. Hermione Granger (from Harry Potter)

For one, I'm certain she actually goes to school, and I'm sure she's read up on all the poisons Tyene might use. Nuclear deterrent.

More to the point, she can brief me on whatever readings I've neglected to do, and we can discuss the magic/science debate. I shall do my best to establish Wi-Fi in Hogwarts.

5. Isadora Quagmire (from A Series of Unfortunate Events)

She manages to make the best of a very bad situation (read: Orphans' Shack) and writes couplets. I mean, how awesome is that. I can't even write a haiku. Also, lots of offscreen badassery in the last few books.

6. Benjamin (the mule from Animal Farm)

Um, okay, another character who doesn't go to school, but seriously, the snark. The pessimism. His sheer awesomeness. The way he just sits by and says, "who cares, won't make a difference." It's a perfect representation of my political beliefs. Scratch that, it's my life motto.

7. Anne (from Anne of Green Gables)

She's so adorable and dreamy. I mean, most of the other people at the table are pretty jaded, but Anne is so sweet even after she's grown up. And she's really smart too.

8. Susan Pevensie (from The Chronicles of Narnia)

Yes, I know, more archers. (To be fair, Narnia came before The Hunger Games and LOTR too, I think.) But it's not just Susan's badassery, it's also the fact she is smart, she keeps her head, and dammit, she ruled an entire kingdom of nonhumans. (Also I completely support the headcanon advocated here, which makes Susan twenty times more awesome)

9 & 10. Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair (from The Night Circus)

Because they are the best couple ever. I'm not much of a romance fan, but this. This blew me away. Also, they can do magic. How awesome is that? (And they're also really really nice people.)

What about you? What literary companions would you seek to alleviate the stress of school? Comments make my day, and if you've also done a post, leave a link so I can gasp at your awesomeness! ;)

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  1. I love that you chose Legolas! I love LOTR and Elves as well!
    Hermione is also a great choice.
    I like your list. Happy Tuesday!

    - Elizabeth @ Book YAbber.

  2. I'm kinda upset I didn't add any LOTR characters to my list, ESPECIALLY Legolas! (He's my favorite) I have to admit, I haven't read the books yet, but I plan to get to them.

    I know a couple others on your list, but a few of them I have never heard of. Nice selection on your 10, sounds like you will have a great lunch ;)

    1. Oh, you HAVE to read the books! They are slightly differently from the films, and the beginning is a bit slower, but I think reading the books will really put a new spin on your interpretation of LOTR :D

  3. Wow, these pictures of Celia and Marco are GORGEOUS. And I agree, I loved the romance and Night Circus in general! I really hope Erin Morgenstern will have another book coming out soon.
    Legolas ^^ He was one of my first book crushes (I'd just turned 13 when I started reading Fellowship) and my favorite in LOTR even before I saw the movies :)

    Thansk for stopping by yesterday!

    1. Oh, those pictures belong to the wickedly talented lsmyang over at deviantArt. And yes, they *are* gorgeous, aren't they? We'll definitely have to keep an eye out for Erin Morgenstern's next books :D

      Actually, Aragorn was my crush in LOTR ... Legolas was more of an amazing friend. Galadriel is actually my fav, so I really have to read The Silmarillion sometime.

  4. Oh, gosh, don't get me started on the 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' series! >.< *shudders* I absolutely gobbled them up when I was younger as I thought they were the most frabjous thing...I look back now in horror! WHAT WAS I THINKING??!! I must have been a brave youngster (it's the fey blood, I tell you) as I won't go NEAR them now! *scrambles under bed* I think it's fear to say I've turned wimp. x/

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    1. I also found it amazing in my childhood — I think I read the Bad Beginning when I was six? — but contrary to your experiences, I actually got less excited enough about it to analyse it from a more literary perspective. But now you mention it, there are some rather creepy things ...

      And no problem! It was an amazing list ;)

  5. Oooh! I want to do a top ten of characters who should go to school with me too!!! :-D Thanks for the idea!!! :-D :-D :-D

    1. Haha, glad it inspired you, although the idea isn't mine! It's from the blog meme Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and the Bookish :)


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