I was tagged to do this post by Emily from acupofwittea whose version you can check out here, and as soon as I read her post I knew I immediately wanted to give it a shot because it was quite frankly hilarious. The purpose is to write down thirty character names (I cheated and wrote twenty-four) and draw them out in pairs without looking, after which you have to decide who would be more suited to the given scenario. The tag was initially created by ReadLikeWildfire and Beccathebookreviewer, and I think it’s honestly my favourite tag I’ve participated in so far. I was just constantly laughing at how ridiculous some of these outcomes would be!
1) You only have one more spot on your Spelling Bee team – who would you pick to complete your team?
Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter) v Mary Elizabeth (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
I feel as though both of these ladies would be excellent options for a spelling bee – Ginny Weasley is so intelligent, and Mary Elizabeth writes! It would have to be Ginny though, I feel as though there’s not many things she can’t do.
2) Both characters want to kill you – which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?
Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter) v Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray)
This one required a bit of logical thinking. Although Draco is typically one of the antagonists within the Harry Potter series, Dorian Gray is an actual murderer. I mean, he literally killed someone as one of the major plot advancements. Draco couldn’t go through with it, hence Dumbledore’s death at the hands of Snape. Ultimately, it would have to be Dorian, because I just would not trust that man.
3) You’re on the bachelor/bachelorette and you’re down to these two characters – which one are you going to give your rose to?
Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games) v Arya Dröttningu (Eragon)
In the inevitable Peeta v Gale debate I always came down on the side of Peeta (even though I think it was such an easy route out to have Katniss end up with him…), and although I haven’t read The Hunger Games in so long so I can’t remember huge amounts about his character, I think I still have a soft spot for him. Arya is one of the most powerful women in fantasy, and I honestly think she’s a free spirit to do what she pleases – even her relationship with Eragon came second to each of their destinies. Due to that, it has to be Peeta!
4) You’ve been chosen for The Hunger Games – who would most likely volunteer in your place?
Gollum (Lord of the Rings) v Emma Woodhouse (Emma)
This is hands-down my favourite pair of individuals to have drawn out together; I was laughing so hard when I saw this pairing. It was even funnier when I considered what the answer would honestly be to this question. Emma Woodhouse is so self-absorbed and dismissive of anyone even slightly beneath her that I think in some wild alternate universe Gollum would genuinely be more likely to put himself out for someone else and volunteer. Especially if there was something gold and shiny to be won at the end of it…
5) You’re stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?
Aedion Ashryver (Throne of Glass) v Aristotle Mendoza (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe)
THIS IS SO MEAN. I can’t believe these two got drawn out together, and for this question as well! Aristotle is a wonderfully sweet character with such a big heart, but I just can’t bring myself to put him before Aedion. I adore the man; he is virtually everything you want from a supporting fantasy character, but with the added bonus of a deep emotional complex that is often lost in warrior characters such as him. I’m really sorry Ari, but Aedion is just far too close to my heart to sacrifice.
6) You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero (with your own TV show, of course) – who is your sidekick?
Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) v Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter)
I think it’s safe to say that these two would both make pretty formidable sidekicks. I can’t help but feel that Bellatrix would probably get a bit distracted destroying the world rather than saving it, and seeing as Annabeth has proved her battle and logic skills time and time again I think she’d be a pretty solid choice.
7) You’re a manager of an Avocado admiring company – who would you fire for lack of communication skills?
Galadriel (Lord of the Rings) v Jamie Fraser (Outlander)
I’m genuinely so confused by this question but nevertheless, in terms of people skills I think I have to go with Jamie. Galadriel can communicate by projecting her voice into people’s heads and reading what their future may hold, which to be honest I think would be quite off-putting to potential customers.
8) You’ve just finished a book in which your favourite character dies – which character is most likely to comfort you?
Sirius Black (Harry Potter) v Desdemona (Othello)
Ahh the irony. Two characters who (spoiler alert) also end up dead themselves, and one who happens to be one of my favourite characters from the series. Sirius has exactly the calming demeanour and worldly wisdom that I don’t doubt could console anyone, whereas Desdemona’s failures to even look out for herself have me doubting whether or not she would be much help at all.
9) Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?
Alec Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments) v The Witch-King of Angmar (Lord of the Rings)
IN WHAT UNIVERSE. Honestly, I put The Witch-King of Angmar in there as a massive joke, but can you imagine him in a high school setting?! I guess you could say that the Nazgûl are sort of his clique though, and he’s pretty popular with them, so maybe he wouldn’t be such a poor choice. I feel like Alec would be a pretty popular guy though; I bet those archery skills would be a good ice-breaker. Just me?
10) The day has arrived; you’re finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?
Elide Lochan (Throne of Glass) v Claire Fraser (Outlander)
These are two very strong women with far more world-saving things to be doing than remembering birthdays. Claire’s calendar must be all over the place though, what with being transported through time, so perhaps I could forgive her for forgetting a card.
11) You’ve just found an upcoming BookTube star. Who would it most likely be?
Isabelle Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments) v Edward Cullen (The Twilight Saga)
This was a tough one. Isabelle and Edward are both extremely intelligent, well-read characters. I don’t feel as though Edward is necessarily the most open and warm person so I’m not sure that he’d get a massive number of views, but he’d definitely have far more time on his hands to be making videos than Izzy. For that reason, I think I’ll have to say Edward, but if Isabelle Lightwood started making BookTube videos, I would 100% be down for that. As long as she didn’t branch out into a cookery channel…
12) Sleepover time! Unfortunately you can only invite one person – who would you invite?
Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) v Boromir (Lord of the Rings)
This was another of my favourites. I cannot in my wildest imagination imagine any circumstance where these two characters would be my only options for sleepover partners! That being said, there is no way I’m letting Heathcliff near my house. As with everyone in Wuthering Heights, he’s just a terrible person the majority of the time. I feel like Boromir would have some good stories to tell, so I guess he’d have to be my guy!
And that’s it for this tag! It soon became clear when I was thinking up characters for this post that it was a far more difficult task than I’d anticipated. I wanted to include some more YA characters, but I haven’t read any YA contemporaries in so long that I just couldn’t think of any I knew well enough to use. Overall though, I just had so much fun writing this post! Can you imagine Gollum in the Hunger Games? I guess he’s pretty resourceful though…
I’m not going to tag anyone specific for this tag because I’m not sure who has done it, but anyone can feel free to give it a go, and thank you again to Emily for tagging me! If you do decide to do it, link your version in the comments because these are just so much fun to read!