Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday - Authors and Reality Shows & Dislikable Characters

Top 10 Tuesday is a post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is: Top 10 Authors You'd Like to See in a Reality Show. However, Broke and Bookish changed the topic to "freebie" because they received several comments about how hard the authors and reality shows idea was. Overachiever that I am, I decided to do both.

Since the real topic is about the authors and reality show, I'll start with that.

Authors to be on a Reality Show

Celebrity Apprentice - Mostly because I don't watch very many reality TV shows and this one just happens to be at the finale...(in no particular order).

1) Stephenie Meyer - Because her books have exploded and with the work she's done behind the scenes on the movies, I have a feeling she'd actually be a very diverse player.

2) Jane Austen - Because come on...love Jane Austen. Plus she had a little bit of scandal in her own life...what reality show can't use a bit of a scandal?

3) JK Rowling - Because she's brilliant and because she'd be a creative genius on the show.

4) Kahlil Gibran - Because he'd probably be the wisest player, but fired first.

5) Carrie Ryan - Because every reality show needs a little zombies.

6) Janet Evanovich - Because she's hilarious and would be the comedian of the group.

7) Richelle Mead - Because she's one of my favorite authors and I can see her being able to do anything.

8) William Shakespeare - Haha...because he's dramatic. Everything would be a comedy or a tragedy. HA!

9) Earnest Hemmingway - Because what reality show doesn't need a little crazy?

10) Robert Frost - And because even on Apprentice with Donald Trump....nothing gold can stay.

What would also be really cool is if there was a reality show like The Voice or something where authors have to make up fictional stories on the fly and share them with the audience and judges and get voted off.

Most Dislikable Characters

Surprisingly this has been a lot more difficult to cast that I thought it would. Ironically, I find myself feeling sorry for almost every character I’ve tried to put on this list in one way or other, and even though they might be pure evil, I’ve found myself relating to them in one way or other…or…at the very least…understanding them. This struck me as really odd because I’m not typically that way in real life—understanding of my fellow man. But I think it’s because in fiction I’m able to see them more clearly, I’m able to take time to think about them--understand them--and of course the biggest kicker here, I’m not personally affected by them. Also, I kind of cheated a smidgen--given more than 10 characters, but only because I dislike multiple characters for the same reasons.

1) Sebastain/Jonathan Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare - Because any character who purposely kisses (and wants more) his sibling...well...I don't know about you guys, but yuck. Aside from the fact that he's a raging lunatic and psychopath.

2) Daniel from The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan - Because he's majorly creepy and slimy...and that scene with Gabry in the Lighthouse literally made my stomach churn.

3) Cira from The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan & Jessamine from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare - Because I seriously struggle with "weak" girls...and Cira...well I didn't feel sorry for her at all. She was weak...and annoying. IMO. And Jessamine, despite the fact that growing up one of the only things I knew about myself was that I wanted to be married and loved, I just don't relate to her. And I kind of consider her as weak too. On top of all of that, Jessamine was also a traitor and ARGH! I hate traitors.

4) Nathaniel Gray from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare - Because even though we find out he's not blood related, anyone who can treat someone he or she grew up believing was his or her sibling the way he does...is easily dislikable. And because I really can't stand a traitor as mentioned above.

5) George Wickham, Lydia Bennet from Pride & Prejudice & Isabella Thorpe from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen - Wickham, two faced. Another trait I despise. When the face you show to the world isn't who you are. I mean there were times when I felt sorry for him...but...not enough to really care. And Lydia...bless her heart (the universal preface to anything derogitory that makes the coming statement okay)...is just an idiot. What more is there to say about that? She's the type of person I run in the opposite direction screaming at the top of my lungs and waving my arms over my head. And Isabella is a combination of George Wickham and Lydia Bennet. AH! Double-whammy.

6) Lena Duchhanes from Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl & Nora Grey from Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick - Lena, TOO whiny! Just get over it already.Nora, I like her better in Silence and Hush, Hush, but in Crescendo...man, I didn't think I was going to make it. WAY too much whinning going on for me. This one might get me some negative feedback, but it is how I feel.

7) All the characters from the House Of Night series by PC & Kristin Cast - Oh my...don't even get me started...I'm saving my rant about these characters and this series for if I ever force myself to finish reading Destined (I'm only one chapter in. I wouldn't hold my breath. However, I'm kind of excited about the rant, so maybe I will finish it just so I can go off. HEHE!). Also, probably not a popular listing.

8) Cersei Lannister from A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin & Mimi Force from the early books in the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz - Cersei is the perfect character you love to hate. She's got reasons behind the evil things that she does, and that is what is relatable about her...but man...she is easy to hate. Especially in A Game of Thrones. And with Mimi, another character you love to hate. She just seems pure evil. Jack doesn't want you (this life cycle anyway)...move on. I come to like her in later books (I say later books, I think I haven't read the last two or three that are currently available in the series).

9) Theon Greyjoy from A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin - And Theon steps out of the shadows into the lovely, bloody spotlight. I also struggle with Theon because I consider him to be weak. Seeking his father's approval--which I understand--but not being able to see that he had family amongst those he chooses to betray in hopes of winning his father's love and approval...oh yeah...all while making the biggest fool of himself.

10) Gale from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins - Because essentially he guilts Katniss into spending more time with him than Peeta in Catching Fire. And well...I really can't stand a guilt trip. I don't respond to those very well at all. Plus he wasn't my pick from the beginning...so I had no allegience to him. And then he got crazy wrapped up in the war and making cool bombs...which...enough said. And this will be the kicker. I'm sure I will incur the wrath of Team Gale fans.

What do you guys think? What authors would you like to see on a reality show? Which show? And who are your most dislikable characters? Let me know.


  1. Oh I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the house of night characters!!! I like your choices. I didn't think to include any classic authors on my list.

  2. Thanks for the comment! I'll have to let you know when/if I finish Destined and post my review on it. Oh there is so much to say there. :)