Top 10 Tuesdays: 5 Characters I’d Be Friends With and 5 That I Wouldn’t

Top 10 Tuesdays: 5 Characters I’d Be Friends With and 5 That I Wouldn’t

Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This week’s prompt is about 10 different characters that I would like to be friends with. I really couldn’t think of that many characters that I’d want to be friends with, so I came up with 5 I’d like to be friends with and 5 that I would never in a million years want to be friends with.

Who would I like to be friends with?

1.) Tarzan (Tarzan and the Apes)

Tarzan would be an awesome friend. Not only because he could help me meet some gorilla friends, but also he takes care of the ones he cares about. Plus who better to back you up in a sticky situation?

2.) Gandalf (Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit)

All-powerful wizard with cool ass fireworks and just a flare for mischief? Yes please.

3.) Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes)

He might be a bit of an ass, and too smart for his own safety, but who wouldn’t want the most deductive mind in the world as a sidekick. Well to be more specific I’d be worse than Watson, and wouldn’t even be worthy of being a Sherlock sidekick, but maybe I can admire him from afar.

4.) Kaladin Stormblessed (The Stormlight Archive)

Hard working, caring, and puts himself before everyone else. I see myself a lot in Kaladin, so I think we would make good friends.

5.) Jack/Mary (The Magic Treehouse)

These two took me on some wild adventures when I was a kid, and being their friends and sharing stories with them would be awesome. I couldn’t pick between the two because they sort of come as a team, but two friends are better than one.

and who would I never want to be friends with?

1.) Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)

I don’t even need to describe why I wouldn’t want to be friends with Umbridge do I?

2.) Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby)

Spoiled, selfish, and too materialistic. I don’t think she earns quite enough hate for how bad of a person she really is.

3.) Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones)

There is a four letter word that would describe this man, and it begins with a C. I shall not utter it though.

4.) Victor Frankenstein (Frankenstein)

Truly the monster, Dr. Frankenstein would not make a good companion. I’d probably be too scared of him trying to harvest my organs or something.

5.) Romeo (Romeo & Juliet)

Idiot. Horny. Selfish. Dumb. I wouldn’t be looking to make friends with Romeo or Juliet.

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Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite Creative Ideas In Books

Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite Creative Ideas In Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and is now at That Artsy Reader Girl since January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic was one of my own choice, so I decided to do a Top 10 list of different creative ideas/tropes that I’ve enjoyed in books. Some are pretty common that appear in a lot of books, some I’ve only experienced in a book or two.

What are some of your favourite ideas/tropes that you’ve seen or read? Let me know in the comments.

Hidden Worlds

What I mean by hidden worlds is when there is a hidden city or castle or entire country hidden within our “normal” world. What I mean is Harry Potter’s Wizarding World or the Shadowhunter’s world in the City of Bones and other series.

It’s a hidden world from regular people’s eyes, but it exists nonetheless, and it often is more advanced in certain ways than the regular human world.

Connected Souls

This was the main premise of a book I read years ago, whose name I cannot remember or find even after an hour of looking. Basically, everyone in the world was born as a twin.

Each set of twins has an “alpha” and a “beta” twin. The beta twin is the one that gets sick, gets injured, and feels pain. It is also the beta that will almost always die first, which causes the alpha to also die.

Twins are separated at birth, the alphas going to be nurtured and treated well, while the betas basically live in squalor. I thought it was an interesting idea, giving the main character a difficult time fighting her bad guy twin brother.

Magic Systems

Every fantasy book has its own magic system. Some are simple where they just shoot fire or whatever from their fingers, some it’s a little bit more hidden like the White Walkers from Game of Thrones.

I enjoy learning each new magic system to see how it works, and how none of them are quite the same as the others.

Enemies to Friends

This is a common trope that I enjoy in books. Two characters, enemies for more time than we can remember, finally becoming friends, or even falling in love.

I think there’s something about that bond, and that hatred that makes their relationship stronger in a way.

Adult Protagonists

Usually kids, or young adults are the main characters in a book. Adults are usually set in their place and don’t get involved in the grand schemes of the world like younger people would do.

Having an adult as a main character is an interesting idea because it lets us see the world from the standpoint of someone who has been set in their ways, usually for a long time.

Young Protagonists

I enjoy adult protagonists, but there is nothing quite like discovering a world through the eyes of someone young. You discover their world, learning about everything as they do.

It’s a common trope in all sorts of novels, but to me, it’s timeless.

Villainous Narrators

Unfortunately I haven’t read too many books where the villain is the main narrator, but the few that I have read usually give us an interesting twist on things. Usually we can sympathize with the main character a bit, but it’s much more difficult to if it’s the villain.

What’s awesome though, is that we can sympathize with the villain. We can understand their actions and almost agree with them to an extent.

Pseudo-European Time Periods

Most fantasy books I’ve read focus on the pseudo-European time period. Knights, castles, swords and dragons. The period never seems to quite change, always focusing on the same general time period with minimal technological changes.

It’s a world where magic is ready to thrive, and is my favourite setting for any fantasy book.

Larger Worlds Than We Know

Some stories give us the entire world. Encompassing us with it’s histories and cultures. Other stories give us one small segment of the world. Maybe it’s one country, maybe it’s a continent.

Either way, having this grand scale story and adventure, taking place in only one small area, while knowing that there is countless other places to explore is amazing. It instills a sense of wonder and awe over what else their could be to see.

The Grumpy Old Man

The grumpy old man, usually who has a dead wife and kids, has been alone for years, and basically hates everything, finding that little spark of joy in life that lets them live.

His walls don’t shatter, they melt, slowly and over a long period of time, but finally when they do come down, they melt completely, changing that man down to his very core.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

With Mother’s Day comping up in just under a few weeks, it’s time to start thinking of some cool gift ideas for that special mom in your life.

We all know she deserves the best, so if she loves books, think about getting her these cool gift ideas.

#1 Book Scented Candles

Everyone who loves books love the smell of old books. I didn’t know this was a thing, but you can buy scented candles that smell like old books.

 

#2 Customized e-reader cases

E-readers are becoming more and more popular, and I’m sure some of your moms have them, and use them pretty often. You should think about getting her a customized e-reader cover, with a special message telling her how much you love her on it.

 

#3 Book of the Month Club

Has your mom run out of books to read? Or maybe she is always willing to read new books. If that’s the case, think about getting your mom a Book of the Month subscription. There are lots of different ones out there, so I’m sure it won’t be hard to find one your mom will enjoy.

 

#4 A personal Library Kit

If your mom prefers old-school books, she may want a personal library kit. Plus, if she likes giving books away to family and friends, this’ll help her collect those late fees.

 

#5 A Personalized Embosser

Books, gifts and letters convey more meaning and value when distinguished by your personal stamp. Get your mom a personalized embosser so she can put her own flare on her book collection.

My Top 5 Instagram Artists

The word artistic is one word that is never associated to me. I am far from artsy, and should steer clear of making art, for fear of ruining what the word means.

What I can do though, is appreciate some really wonderful artists that I enjoy, so I’ve made a Top 5 list of my favourite Instagram artists.

Before I start I will apologize now for all of the butchering of any and all artistic terms that will be found somewhere in this post, and if you have any suggestions for artists to take a look at, please let me know! I’m always looking for new accounts to explore. 

NUMBER 5: @albin_smaili97

Albin does some really amazing work creating anime themed art, and has a focus of doing different mashups for each piece. Another thing Albin likes to do is create the same picture, but in three different styles and each one of them looks distinct and cool in its own way.

He has a big focus on Naruto themed sketches, but does include some other anime and uses the same style. If you’re an anime fan I definitely recommend taking a look at Albin’s nice, what looks like pen, drawings. It’s a sort of ‘messy’ look, but when it’s all done it looks really cool.

Check out some of the awesome mashup art here.

 

 

NUMBER 4: @lulusketches

So as I found out, Laura (lulusketches) is an artist that works for Disney (dream job for many I assume) and creates some really spectacular pieces. Some scenery art, some character design, Laura creates some beautiful pieces of art you should definitely check out.

I don’t know the term for her type of art style, but its cartoonish and her use of colours truly mimic the real life they are eminating.

Explore her other wonderful creations here.

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another background I painted for #tangledtheseries!

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NUMBER 3: @jasricart

Jasric loves her her superheroes, and does a hell of a good job drawing them. Don’t get me wrong though, her superheroes are spectacular, but she does other pieces as well.

Whether it’s anime, comic book, or fantasy inspired, Jasric’s Instagram is a perfect platform to showcase her talent.

I don’t know what her art style would be called, but whatever it is, you can see her progression of some of her drawings, and she has gone from great to somehow even better

Check out her Instagram profile for some beautiful artwork.

 

 

NUMBER 2: @danielkordek

Daniel has got his subjects figured out on his Instagram page, and does a great job capturing them in his work.  There are some really gorgeous pieces, whether they are based on his own imagination or using a cartoon to base his drawing off of.

He has a lot of simplistic art pieces that are truly amazing to look at, and his pieces are a lot more tasteful than some other artists who have a similar style. There are some wonderful cartoon style drawing you should definitely check out.

Check out his wonderful art here. 

 

NUMBER 1: @megancrisp2424

I don’t know what this art style would be called, but I have always loved it, and Megan’s Instagram account is filled with it! The pieces are usually pretty simple, but it is in the simplicity that the beauty is found. Her art tends to have one main focus, taking up most of the picture, but the one subject is all you need to look at.

Megan has cute and adorable pieces and even some more serious ones. When I was looking at most of her pieces I could imagine it being from a cartoon or animated short film.

Check out Megan’s Instagram page here.

 

This isn’t an extensive list of the whole art community on Instagram, but just my favourite artists that I know about. I hope you enjoyed the list!

Weekly Recap

In case you happened to miss one of my posts this week here they are:

Manga Review: Bleach

Type it Out Tuesdays

Wednesday News: January 23

Top 5 Manga/Anime Characters

Quote of the Day: January 25

As always I hope you guys enjoy.

Top 5 Manga/Anime Characters

The basis for this list is pretty simple. I’m gonna list my top 5 favourite Manga characters. It doesn’t matter if they’re good, bad, boy or girl, and no I’m not going to be ranking them on their  “features”…I’m actually gonna rank them based of who I like most.

So without further adieu… here we go.

#5 Koon Aguero Agnis

Though technically not from a manga, Koon is from the manwa Tower of God. He might not look like much, but he’s got it where it really counts.

He’s kind of the unofficial “sidekick” of the main character Baam, and that’s why I like him, though he’s not as much of a sidekick as a support role. Imagine Ant-man and Wasp level of “sidekick”.

Baam has some crazy prophecy powers and is therefore fairly OP, but Koon manages to keep up with him in all aspects pretty much, despite not being all that special himself.

Yeah he’s a member of one of the 10 Great Families, but he decided to run away and do things on his own.

He’s also one of the smartest characters in the story, and has a lot of nifty tricks in his repetoire that he uses in some really cool ways.

Also… I forget every so often that Koon is actually male. Some times he looks more feminine than some of the women in the story, and it’s like “oh…yeah… he’s a dude, cool.

(Also he beat Rachel at one point and thats a big plus in my book because she’s the worst)

You’ll probably realize pretty quick that most of the people on this list are considered “secondary” characters in their manga/anime. I think it’s the same with a lot of people, but at least for me I think that secondary characters are SO MUCH COOLER THAN THE MAIN CHARACTERS. 

 

#4 Edward Elric

What’s not to love about Ed? He’s small, he’s feisty, and he’s a total bad ass fighting with his metal arm against immortal creatures.

He’s one of the best and brightest Alchemists in the world despite being a teenager, and he wears a cloak, which kind of makes anyone look cool.

I also really love the fact that he has two metal limbs. It’s a really cool character design, and you don’t often see the main character of a manga that’s missing some limbs right at the start of the story.

What I really like about Ed though is the fact that he could have used a Philosopher’s Stone at any point  to get his arm and leg back, and give Al his whole body back.

I mean they were looking for a Philosopher’s Stone for years, and he decided against it because they found out what they were made from sacrificing humans.

Ed is the one “main” charcter on this list, and would probably be higher up, but numbers 1-3 are just too tough to beat, and I think you’ll agree.

 

#3 Erza Scarlett

Erza is the only female on this list, but is one hell of a bad ass. She is the stronest member of the Fairy Tail Guild (way stronger than Natsu and I don’t count Gildarts, let me know if you disagree).

Erza is also wayyyyy cooler than I originally thought she was. There were 2 moments that really solidified Erza in my top 5 characters, and you can probably guess them if you’ve read Fairy Tail.

The first was in the Grand Magic Games Arc, where she took on all 100 monsters which put Fairy Tail in the lead of the games.

I mean come on, people were thinking of taking on 1 or 2, maybe 5 or 6, but Erza was first up in the event and decided to take on all 100 of the monsters at once, and ended up winning.

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The second moment that made Erza an awesome character is when she had her interaction with her mom in the final Arc of the series.

Spoilers if you haven’t read the manga yet…

In the final arc we find out that Erza’s mom was a dragon slayer. If you’ve read the whole manga, you find out that Erza is sort of part dragon (confusing but I don’t want to gve it away), but knowing this really made Erza’s character make sense.

I mean there were countless times where she would go above and beyond physically and magically, but still come out on top, and it all made sense as to how she could do that when we find out she is part dragon, and her mom was also an insanely powerful mage in the Spriggan 12.

 

#2 Vegeta

VEGETA IS AN ABSOLUTE BEAST.

I could leave it there, but I figured he deserves more than one sentence.

Vegeta is the only villain turned good guy on this list, and as much as I love him, he can’t top #1.

There never really was a chance for me to hate Vegeta. I mean yeah he was a bad guy at the start of Dragon Ball Z, and yeah he wasn’t really a “good” guy until Cell, but it was his actions against Frieza that really pushed me over the edge into liking him.

I mean Vegeta, who could have beaten Krillen in about a minute, lets Krillin beat the crap out of him just to become stronger after being healed.

Can you imagine how the Saiyan Prince’s ego must have been hurt when he had to let some wimpy little human pummel him basically to death, even if it was to get stronger and beat Frieza in the end.

Vegeta is also not the main character, which always puts him one step behind Goku.

It’s always Goku who gets to beat up the biggest bad guy of the arc, and it’s kind of annoying because it’s been the same thing over and over for a while now.

I don’t hate Goku either. He’s freaking cool too, but Goku gets a power boost from being the main character, and Vegeta is always trying to catch up.

Plus, how awesome does Vegeta look in this form? Right? It’s no Ultra Instinct, but I don’t think we’ve seen the last of it yet.

 

#1 Roronoa Zoro

I don’t know if you’re really surprised by this. If Zoro isn’t in your Top 5 list then I don’t know if we can be friends. (Just kidding please don’t hate me).

Everything about him is just pure awesomeness, and I’m not just talking about him fighting other people.

Yeah he can kick some major ass, but he’s also a major part of why the Straw Hat crew is still together.

There were three things that Zoro has done that turned me into a big fan of his, and I’m pretty sure they are the same reasons that everyone else likes him too.

The first is when Usopp left the crew over the Going Merry dispute. Luffy was willing to let Usopp come back without admitting he was wrong. Zoro would not accept that, and said he would leave his friends behind if they were willing to lose their integrity as a crew, and that he wouldnt’t accept Luffy as a Captain if he let others walk all over him.

The second moment was against Kuma.

Kuma came looking for Luffy’s head right after they beat Moria. The Strawhats were so beaten and exhausted, and they could barely lift a finger to fight him.

Zoro was willing to give up his life, and probably more so, his promise to become the strongest swordsman in the world in order to let Luffy live and obtain his dream.

Kuma took all the pain out of Luffy, and put it into Zoro, as payment for letting Luffy live.

Not only did Zoro survive this, but he also wouldn’t let anybody else know (even though a few found out) because he didn’t want anybody pitying him, or thanking him for what he did.

The final, moment is actually two moments put together.

Pretty early on in the manga, Zoro loses to Mihawk, and while near death, he apologizes to Luffy and claims he will never lose again. Luffy laughs it off of course, and knows Zoro will hold himself to that promise.

Fast forward a few arcs and the Strawhat Pirates were split up, and each found a place to train themselves for the next two years.

Zoro ends up on an island with Mihawk, and begs Mihawk  (Who Zoro vowed to defeat and take his throne as the strongest swordsman in the world) to train him to become stronger.

That’s got to hurt someone’s pride. Begging their biggest rival, and the man they want to kill, for help. Zoro swallows his pride and begs Mihawk to train him, so that he can become worthy to serve under the man who is going to be the King of the Pirates.

 

That’s all I’ve got today for my Top 5 list. I’d love to hear what your Top 5 list would look like. Let me know in the comments.

 

 

 

 

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