It’s a freebie this week over at Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Since we’re coming up on fast on the holiday season (especially for those of us who ship internationally), I thought I’d do a top ten list of the books I love to give as gifts. Obviously I love giving books as gifts anyway, and shopping for a new title for a friend’s birthday or holiday is always exciting, since everyone has different tastes and delving into different genres in search of something they haven’t read yet is like a treasure hunt. But there are several books that are my kind of “catch-all” gift titles—the books I tend to give over and over, as soon as I find out a friend hasn’t read them. They’re the books that I just love and want all my friends to read too.
Once again, I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday! This week, we’re talking about those series that are fully published, start to finish, books one through whichever–but which, for some reason, we haven’t finished reading. I admit, I tend to be bad about finishing series–I get distracted easily!–and often enough, I start a series that is only partly published and then have to wait (and wait and wait) for the rest of the books to come out. (A Song of Ice and Fire, I’m looking at you.)
But there are a few series that are all ready to go at the local library, so I really don’t have a good reason for not going back to them. It’s not that I’m not interested, I just somehow haven’t gotten back to them. Maybe I’m worried the rest of the books won’t live up to the first. Maybe I was waiting on the next book and then got busy reading something else. For whatever reason, here are the book series that I still haven’t finished up.
It’s been months since I last linked up for Top Ten Tuesday! TTT is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish; this week we’re discussing the characters we just didn’t click with. I don’t know about you, but I tend to have pretty strong reactions to book characters. Either I love them or I just can’t connect with them at all, and if it’s the latter, I often won’t end up liking the book, no matter how well written. In general, it’s the characters who are whiny or helpless who ruin stories the fastest for me, or those who simply do incredibly stupid things. It’s hard to click with a character when I’m facepalming at the same time!
This week on Top Ten Tuesday we’ve got a bit of a freebie: top ten books with characters who _____ (fill in the blank). I decided to go for “characters who look nothing like I imagined in their TV/movie adaptations”, though actually I have nine who don’t and one who does. (Close enough!) If you want to get in on the fun, check out The Broke and the Bookish and link up your own post!
1. Damon and Stefan from The Vampire Diaries: I’ve started reading the books to go along with the show, and I’m still scratching my head over Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley playing these two. I’m not trying to impugn their attractiveness, but seriously, these guys are in their thirties. They don’t look like teenagers at all! It’s pretty obvious the actors are the same age as the guy who plays the high school history teacher.
2. Four in Divergent: I’m not saying that Theo James doesn’t play the role well, but he looks nothing like the Four I imagined while reading the books. I was picturing more of a broody Shiloh Hernandez type, not an ex-Marine lookalike. (And again…Theo does not look like a teenager! It’s pretty obvious he’s older!)
3. Basically the entire cast of Eragon: Arya was the worst offender–she didn’t even have the right color of hair!
4. Nick and Amy from Gone Girl: I don’t really have specific people pictured for them, but I feel like Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike just didn’t quite fit. She just looks English, if there is such a thing, and he looks way too Hollywood. Neither of them has that transplanted New York vibe I pictured while reading the books.
5. Queen Cersei from Game of Thrones: When I started reading these books, I immediately pictured Cersei as Charlize Theron’s evil queen from Snow White and the Huntsman. Lena Headey is okay but she seems kind of blah, IMO.
6. Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones: Somehow in my head he wasn’t so young or so easy on the eyes. Not that I’m complaining.
7. Jamie from Outlander: Nothing against Sam Heughan, but he is not the Jamie I had in my head while reading this book series. He’s too pretty, and something about his eyes and hair is all wrong…ugh. I don’t know. I think sometimes books are better just because of imagination!
8. Clary and Bane from The Mortal Instruments: Lily Collins is drop dead gorgeous, but she looks nothing like how Clary is described in the books, starting with the non-carroty hair. Casting fail. I also didn’t think they got Magnus Bane quite right–Godfrey Gao is way too young! (Which is a shame, because I think Magnus was my favorite character in the books!)
9. Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice: I think it’s safe to say that most women of a certain age demographic have hopeless crushes on Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the BBC’s adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. I’m sure Matthew Macfadyen is a fine actor but he has no damn business trying to reinvent the character in a movie. How dare he.
And one who got it right:
10. Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: I totally buy Jennifer Lawrence as the Girl on Fire. And I can’t wait to see her in Mockingjay Part Two later this year!
Which book characters looked one way in your head as you ‘met’ them on a page, and totally different when they walked across a movie screen? Tell me about them! I tend to get very attached to a version of a character as I envision them and it can be really jarring to see someone who looks different than that image onscreen. (Someone please tell me I’m not alone!)
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re talking about those characters we just can’t let go of–the ones we’d like to peek in on, days or months or years after their book/series ended, so we can see how they’re doing.
1. and 2. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice: I’m a sucker for re-tellings of this story, and I love stories that peek in on their married life.
3. and 4. Celia and Marco from The Night Circus: I loved this book so much, I wasn’t ready for it to end.
5. 6. 7. 8. Hanna, Emily, Aria and Spencer from Pretty Little Liars: I didn’t care for the last eight books in this series; I think restarting it was a poor idea and these books didn’t live up to the original eight. That said, I’d like to see a series featuring these girls as adults–you know, with juicier lies and secrets to keep!
9. Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Apparently there’s a new manuscript coming out this summer, so I might actually get this wish!
10. Max from The Book Thief: I adored this book, but I always wanted to see where these he went after the story ended, since he kind of dropped out of the picture and wasn’t heard from again.
Any characters you’d check in with if you could?