Today, we are getting such a great topic for Top Ten Tuesday (created by The Broke and the Bookish and currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl). I love some good recommendations, I love lists, I love people gushing about their favorite books. This week, however, we are asked to pick our top ten in a way I’d never have thought of. It’s kind of favorite characters – although maybe not? – but in a funny way. We all know what social media is like, how a small comment can explode, how one misunderstanding can cause a whole shitstorm. But we also know that a retweet can help people find lost pets, give them the motivation they need to reach a goal, and generally spread some love. So here are ten book characters I would follow on social media and the reasons why.
Top Ten Characters I’d Follow in Social Media
Death from Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Whether it’s a recommendation for a great place to get a curry or wise insights into human nature, I think Death would be an amazing character to follow on social media. The fact that he loves kittens would also guarantee lots of adorable cat pictures, and who doesn’t want cute baby animals in their timeline?
Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Obviously, I’d be following her for book recommendations. But her eagerness to learn new things would also motivate me to better myself, to learn something every day, and to follow the goals I’ve set for myself. Plus, I’d never forget the rules of whichever social media site Hermione uses.
Murderbot from The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
I adore Murderbot. Although I’m not sure Murderbot would post much an social media, I would follow anything they had to say. It might mostly be talk about its favorite TV shows but I’d love to send Murderbot some love, even if it’s just a like or retweet. I’m sure it would appreciate it. Silently. From afar.
Laszlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Just because I wish I could see the world the way Laszlo sees it. I imagine he’d describe his travels in poetic language, share gorgeous pictures of the sights, and generally convey a sense of wonder that many of us have lost while growing up.
The Fool from the Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb
I do love the fool but I think his timeline would be filled with riddles that I’d endlessly puzzle over only to figure out that he trolled his followers and just posted gibberish for fun. Then again he’d throw in an actual prophecy from time to time which would make following him all the more exciting.
Locke Lamora from The Gentleman Bastard by Scott Lynch
Not that he’d post how his latest heist went down but Locke might just be cocky enough to brag a little about it afterward and I would be there for it. Plus, there would be awesome back and forths between him and his bestie Jean Tannen. Gifs would be exchanged, there would be bickering, and I would watch it all with glee.
AIDAN from The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
AIDAN may be an AI but there is definitely so much love in him. He’d be the kind of social media user who reposts all his favorite people’s posts, makes sure the trolls stay away from anyone he loves, and generously blocks people who behave badly.
Every Protagonist Ever written by Ursula Vernon/T. Kingfisher
For practical advice and to remind me of what’s important in life. Spoiler: It’s not what lipstip brand you use or the shape of your eyebrows. I want to be best friends with all of her protagonists, especially the ones that are wombats. 🙂
Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski
Okay, there is a chance his entire timeline would consist of “Hmms” and random grunts, but I would take that chance to catch the occasional conversation he has with others where he shows just how deep an insight he actually has into human nature. Also, I’d hope for bathtub selfies every day.
Flora Fyrdraaca from the Flora Segunda Trilogy by Ysabeau S. Wilce
Flora is delightful and that would be enough for me to follow her. But I believe her Instagram account would show lots of pictures of her crazy home with its ever changing rooms, misbehaving elevators and the occasional ghost. And of course Nini Mo quotes and pictures of her best friend Udo and his daily fashion statements.
Man, now I kind of wish all these characters actually were on social media. It would be way more fun to see posts by these people than, you know, what actually happens on social media every day. Oh well, at least a girl can dream, right?