Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!
This week’s theme is ‘Characters I’d Follow On Social Media (submitted by Tilly @thebiblioshelf)’ which is such a fun topic! Considering I read a lot of fantasy and historical fiction, most of the characters I love have no idea what Twitter or Instagram are, but I’m not taking that into account this week. We can just pretend they’d know exactly what to do if they were introduced to the world of social media…
I do have a Twitter account, and I find Twitter really useful to follow other bloggers as well as authors, publishers and activists I like. I think my favourite social media platform, however, is Instagram, despite the fact that it’s the one I use the least often, simply because, in my experience, it’s the most positive. Twitter can be toxic, whereas Instagram (and particularly the bookstagram world) is primarily full of people leaving lovely comments.
So today I’m specifically talking about the characters I’d follow on Instagram!
Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Wouldn’t Evelyn’s Instagram be gorgeous? Just shots of her in her beautiful dresses and stills from her movies, interspersed with posts about her LGBT+ activism. I would follow her in a heartbeat.
Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Specifically, I would follow Hermione when she’s Minister of Magic. I’d love to know what her policies for the Wizarding World are, and I imagine she’d always have incredibly intelligent and insightful things to say.
Cardan Greenbriar from The Folk of the Air trilogy by Holly Black
Cardan would have the most fabulous Instagram ever, and I feel like he’d be the pioneer for encouraging other guys to wear makeup.
Evie O’Neill from The Diviners by Libba Bray
Evie’s always off to parties in 1920s New York. Of course I want to see some glamorous photos from those parties on my Instagram feed.
Arabella Jotsis from the Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence
Bisexual mess Nona constantly tells the reader how beautiful Arabella is throughout this trilogy, and she’s also a complete badass. I can totally imagine her Instagram account being full of gorgeous photographs, dorky photos of her and Nona and their friends, and tips like ‘how to get blood out of your hair after an assassination assignment’. I’d follow her.
Lord Akeldama from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
If Cardan is fabulous, Lord Akeldama is the one character who could give him a run for his money. I’m pretty sure fabulous is this man’s middle name, and if I was going to follow any vampire on Instagram it’d be him. He’d be one of those Instagrammers who regularly shows off his ‘outfit of the day’ and each one would be more extra than the last.
Isabella, Lady Trent from The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
If I ever had the opportunity to follow a dragon naturalist on any form of social media, then you can guarantee I would. Isabella would be a spokesperson for women in STEM, and I imagine she’d share some fascinating photographs from her various adventures.
Nina Zenik from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse
Nina’s entire Instagram page would be full of waffles, necromancy and feminism. Why wouldn’t I follow her?
Molly Peskin-Suso from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
I had to have someone from a YA contemporary on this list, and Molly’s my fave. I feel like she’d run a brilliant account focused on body positivity, and I imagine there’d be plenty of adorable photos of her and Reid, too.
Maia Drazhar from The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
It’s my baby from my favourite novel, of course Maia was going to make this list. In all honesty I think he’d be kind of terrible at social media – I imagine he’d always forget to update it – but with his trusty secretary Csevet on hand to help, I’m sure, like Hermione, he’d find a new way to share his policies. I also imagine that his Instagram stories would be full of clips of Csethiro fencing and a lot of heart eyes emojis.
What did you talk about this week?