Over the weekend a teenage girl asked me, "Which book would you want to get stuck in?" In other words, if I could be part of any fictional story, what would be my choice?
That gave me some pause because I haven't really viewed a story or a series in that manner. First, I would be stuck, and who would ever want to wish themselves in that situation? Second, I would have no control over the events because I would be a character, not the author. And third, I would enter the world as myself, not the heroine of the story. (Unless I staged a coup, which I totally would.)
I think my choice would boil down to which is more important to me, the cast of characters or the world-building. For example, if I wanted to get stuck in Pride & Prejudice, stage a coup and get Darcy for myself, I would still have to deal with the likes of Mrs. Bennett and Lady Catherine de Bourgh. And if I had to deal with them for any length of time, I might be tempted to poison their tea. Considering how ill-suited I am for the Regency period, I would be the one who needed to approach tea time with caution.
If I made my choice through world-building, I would probably consider something like a Harry Potter book. Those stories are heavily populated so I could always meet someone new, and the rules of magic would keep me occupied. But, knowing my luck, I would probably be a Muggle. Everyone would have a special power but me. Or worse--I would be the character who dies horribly in order to show the gravity of the situation.
Basically, I would be the victim of a suspicious death in either scenario. I'd like to think that this isn't a commentary on my personality, but rather an indication that being a secondary character is hazardous to one's health. Until I find a book that offers me a pain-free yet adventurous life, I'm not going to make a choice.
Oh, and the teenage girl's choice? Vampire Diaries. Because she has a crush of Stefan. Clearly she hasn't thought this through.
Which book would you want to be stuck in?