Character Exchange Programme: If a character from one book looks suspiciously like another from the same author, more than likely, they are. There is a certain degree of economy that runs through the bookworld and personages from one book are often asked to stand in for others. Sometimes a single character may play another in the same book, which lends a comedic tone to the proceedings if they have to talk to themselves. Margot Metroland once told me that playing the same person over and over and over again was as tiresome as: ‘an actress condemned to the same part in a provincial reparatory theatre for eternity with no holiday’. After a spate of illegal pagerunning (q.v.) by bored and disgruntled bookpeople, the Character Exchange Programme was set up to allow a change of scenery. In any year there are close to ten thousand exchanges, few of which result in any major plot or dialogue infringements. The reader rarely suspects anything at all.
In the alternative world of Thursday Next, an Outlander (us, humans) can live in the Bookworld like Thursday Next, if given a chance, what book would you like to live in and which character you want to substitute?
Haha, I find my own answer funny. I want to be in Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss and replace Anna Oliphant FOREVER. It will be Tricia and the French Kiss now, and Etienne will love me forever and ever. Amen. Heh, kidding aside, I really want to be in Thursday Next’s world. I want to be as bad-ass as Thursday Next! I mean, being Thursday Next! She’s a well-read person when it comes to literature because she works as Literary Detective! Or, if not in Thursday Next series, I want to be a part of Harry Potter series. WHO WOULDN’T?!
I can’t find myself being a part of my favorite series, The Hunger Games series, because I will never survive the arena! (EVEN IF PEETA IS WITH ME) (I’ll die) (I’ll die of hunger in District 12) (So, I will not be a part of the games because I died of hunger) (lol).
How about you? What book would you like to live in and which character you want to substitute?