Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Alison Cherry Takes The Truth

Our guest author today is Alison Cherry. 

Bio: Alison Cherry is originally from Evanston, IL and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. Before she started writing, she worked as an electrician, a theatrical lighting designer, and a photographer for the Metropolitan Opera. Her debut novel, RED, is coming from Delacorte Press in the fall of 2013. Visit her at www.alisoncherrybooks.com or (@alison_cherry).

Alison chose this truth from Chantele Sedgwick: If you could switch bodies with any character for a day, who would it be and why?

YA Characters I'd Most Like to Switch Bodies with For A Day:

1) Katsa from GRACELING. I freely admit that the biggest draw here is Prince Po, on whom I have a MASSIVE crush. (I may or may not have written an entire gushy blog post on why Po is so dreamy.) But I also wouldn't mind seeing what it's like to be able to win a fight with a mountain lion with my bare hands or to shoot arrows accurately in the dark. My only reservation is that Katsa would have control of MY body for a day, and I have this feeling she wouldn't respect that body's limitations. I'd probably wake up with a concussion and several of my limbs in casts.

2) Lola from LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR. I am not a terribly splashy person on the outside, but deep inside me lives a flamboyant girl who longs to be free. I would LOVE to play dress-up in Lola's closet—actually, that's probably what I'd spend the entire day doing. Oh, and making out with Cricket Bell, swooniest boy in all the world after Prince Po. I'm not sure Lola would like hanging out in my body for a day, but I do have a couple of wigs and fun hats to make her feel at home.

3) Hermoine Granger. I mean, if I could be a witch for a day, why not be the smartest, most accomplished witch? Plus, Hermione has a Time Turner, which I could REALLY use, especially during revisions. Actually, if I used the Time Turner, I could stay in her body for way longer than one day. I could.... wait, I might be overthinking this. 

4) Zuzana from DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. I don't think I'd enjoy being Karou—all those angel/demon conflicts would stress me out, and Akiva's not really my type. But if I were her best friend, I'd still get to live in Prague and be an artist, and maybe Karou would give me some scuppies so I could have little wishes every once in a while. And I'd be able to walk in really tall shoes, something I suck at in real life. Plus, it's pretty much my goal in life to be as funny as Zuzana.
YA Characters I'd Least Like to Switch Bodies with For A Day:

1) Fire from FIRE. Sure, my red hair causes problems sometimes. It's impossible to hide in a crowd. People I met once for two minutes are always recognizing me on the street, and I never have any idea who they are, leading to some intensely awkward situations. But Fire's red hair makes men want to rape her and monsters want to eat her. So I'll stick with my own non-magical hair, thanks very much.

2) Tris from DIVERGENT. I would be THE WORST DAUNTLESS EVER. I'm afraid of everything. I hate heights. I could never jump out of a moving train. It would take fourteen years to go through my fear landscape. And one of the things I like least in the world is needles, so I would NOT take kindly to being injected with various serums at every turn. *shudder* Let's be honest, I'm Amity through and through. Give me some banjos and hydroponic plants and leave me alone.

3) Katniss from THE HUNGER GAMES. This seems fairly self explanatory. Not a huge fan of killing people, running for my life, sleeping in trees, getting my flesh charred, being stung by genetically altered insects, or eating raw grousling. Plus, when it comes down to it, I'm not really Team Peeta OR Team Gale. However, if I got to be Katniss on the day she went to that crazy Capitol banquet and ate everything in sight, maybe I could be convinced.   

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  1. Love your answers! This was a great question. I think it would be fun to feel what it was like to be an awesome fighter too. As long as when we switched places I got to keep all of Katsa's abilities. Because if I didn't and we switched, I'd be in big trouble. :)

  2. I might have to go with Sabriel from Garth Nix's book. She wears that cool chain of bells and can kill the dead. Or Lirael, from book 2, because she gets to hang out in that cool magical library. I'd love that.

  3. I love getting into the head of other YA writers. Thanks for this fun post, Alison!! I don't want to switch bodies, only be best friends with all these characters!

  4. Love this post! I would pick Enna from Enna Burning, by Shannon Hale, because, you know, pyromancy!

  5. Ooh, great choices, Alison! What a cool topic for a post. I don't know who the heck I would pick, there's a ton of cool ones. Maybe Puck from Scorpio Races so I could ride horses (the non-murderous variety, ideally) on a beautiful beach all day and make out with Sean Kendrick.

  6. Great post! I love that if you were Katniss you'd go to the banquet and eat all the food. :) Haha, I like the way you think. ;-)