Top Ten Tuesday (5/15): Book Characters on Reality Shows

It’s Top Ten Tuesday again over at The Broke and the Bookish! The topic this week is supposed to be authors we’d like to see on a reality show, but they decided to open it up as a freebie week, since that topic is hard. I tried it, I really did, but 1) I don’t know enough about many authors’ personal attributes to be able to cast them appropriately, and 2) just because an author writes a character that would do well on a show doesn’t mean the author him/herself is cut out for the show.

Really, the only one I was sure about was Stephen King on Fear Factor. Because…you know…right?

So I’m tweaking the topic a bit, keeping the spirit but not the specifics. So without further ado (and in no particular order)…

Top Ten Fictional Characters I’d Like to See on a Reality Show

1. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games): The Voice. Let’s see if the birds really do stop to listen.

2. Edward Cullen (Twilight): Dancing With the Stars. He’s a smooth operator who looks good in a tux. Plus, maybe his partner will teach him how to not look so constipated. OOH, we could call him Twinkle Toes. Get it? Twinkle? ‘Cause he’s sparkly?

3. Kaleb Ballard (Timepiece): American Gladiators. Okay, he’d probably need a while to prepare for this, and probably take up swimming again, but I think this would be kind of awesome.

4. Henry DeTamble (The Time Traveler’s Wife): Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Do game shows count as reality shows? I’m going to say yes. He’d have to look away from the big screens (one of the reasons I ruled out Jeopardy), but he may as well put all that librarian knowledge to good use.

5. Princess Buttercup (The Princess Bride): America’s Next Top Model. She’s the most beautiful girl in the world. And she’s dumb as a post.

6. Zeke (The Immortal Rules): Survivor. Pretty sure that after wandering in the wilderness for several years and avoiding death by vampires and rabids, a desert island would be a walk in the park.

7. Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games): Top Chef: Just Desserts. Frost them to death indeed.

8. Four (Divergent): Fear Factor. I mean, he only is afraid of four things! And as I recall, “eating gross things” wasn’t one of them.

9. Kent McFuller (Before I Fall): The Bachelor. But only if I get to pick the contestants too. And there is no hot tub.

10. Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter): The Amazing Race. Enough about the Triumphant Trio. Time for these two to be in the spotlight. Plus, Gryffindor+Ravenclaw seems a formidable pairing for this show. (And yes, I know I used one slot for two characters, but since they compete as a team, and because this is a freebie week so I’m making the rules anyway, it counts.)

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (5/15): Book Characters on Reality Shows

  1. This was one of my favorites! And such a creative twist. I was trying to think of (an author) for our list for Top Chef and never came up with a good one… at least one who wasn’t already a chef, which seemed too easy! I love Peeta, so I extra love him here! It was our first time, and this was surprisingly hard!

    Also Edward Cullen on Dancing with the Stars = instaclassic!


  2. Princess Buttercup on ANTM would be great! Inigo Montoya and Fezzik might do well on Amazing Race 🙂

    Tita de la Garza (Like Water for Chocolate) would kick butt on Top Chef: Just Desserts.

    • I actually haven’t seen The Amazing Race either! And I don’t really watch any of these shows (well, I DID watch American Gladiators back when it was on), but they just seemed like good picks 🙂 The only reality TV I watch is So You Think You Can Dance and The Sing-Off, but I couldn’t think of any characters that would work for those!

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