The blog hop today is hosted by Butterfly-o-Meter Books, with a truly fascinating question:
Mix’n’Match: The bookish gods are giving you a free hand, you can pick any one character (book, TV series/movie, play etc) and inject them into a different novel of your choice. Which character and series would you mix’n’match?
I am immensely intrigued by this idea–but I also found it quite difficult, and I had to think about why. I think it’s because most of my favorite book characters (and movies and TV) exist within very clear worlds, where there are very clear rules–not laws, just the way the world functions. But they’re all very different…so I struggle to imagine a character taken out of one universe and moved to another. I find it easier to imagine characters from different worlds in a kind of limbo third place, coming together for a social gathering. I’ve written short stories along those lines.
So who do I think could gather together and have brilliant conversations with each other? Links go to relevant reviews!
I think the Phantom of the Opera and the Hunchback of Notre Dame would have quite a lot to talk about. Watch out for those Parisian mobs, but gotta love the views of the Seine.
Princess Cimorene of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles could be great friends with the princesses from Jim C. Hines’ Princess Series. They’re all strong women in fairy tale worlds. If she was a few years older, Merida from Brave would be a great addition to the group too.
All of L. M. Montgomery‘s heroines live in the same world, so it’s easy to imagine them together. I’d love a story with Emily and Anne together. The fantasy worlds those girls could invent if they bounced off each other! I bet they’d get on famously with Tom Sawyer too, who certainly has just as wild an imagination, even if it goes in rather different tracks.
Jane Eyre and the second Mrs. De Winter really should have a chat. The second Mrs. De Winter may think she has problems, but at least Rebecca really was dead. Things could be worse. Interestingly, both characters were played by Joan Fontaine in movie versions.
Jacky Faber and Captain Jack Sparrow would turn the world upside down if you got the two of them together. It’s entirely possible that the British Empire would fall. But such adventures along the way! I don’t think I can top that. 🙂 Captain Jack and Jacky really ought to have an adventure together.
So who would you toss together to have a chat? Or would you take someone and drop them into a totally different world and let chaos ensue?