Bout of Books: Bookish Battle Royal Challenge

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books Read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.


Welcome, welcome, one and all, to the Bout of Books Bookish Battle Royal. I’m ridiculously excited to be hosting my first ever read-a-thon challenge. But enough about me, let’s get down to the challenge. A battle royal is a no-holds-barred fight that includes three or more combatants and continues until only one is left standing. Maybe I’m a little sadistic but I instantly thought: “I should pit fictional characters against each other!”

The Rules

  1. Choose three or more fictional characters as combatants – they can be haphazardly picked or themed (for example, I went with badass classic literature protagonists)
  2. List three strengths and weakness for each contender (feel free to skip this step if you’re using social media to participate in Bout of Books i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads…)
  3. Determine who would come out victorious and give a little explanation why you think they would win – get creative with the outcomes!
  4. Link in the comments and if you tweet about this challenge make sure to use the hashtag #bookbattleroyal in addition to #boutofbooks because I want to see all your dueling characters!

The Combatants

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Strength Weakness
Sharp-tongued Inability to act
Intelligent Self-doubt
Unpredictable Careless

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Strength Weakness
Resourceful Loyal
Unforgiving Sentimental
Manipulative God complex

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Strength Weakness
Strong Paranoid
Stealthy Charitable
Independent Forgiving

And the winner is….

Mr. Edmond Dantes aka Lord Wilmore aka Abbé Busoni aka Sinbad the Sailor aka…

The Count of Monte Cristo

Why Did This Character Win the Battle Royal?

The Edmond Dantes from earlier in the novel would have died outright – much too kindhearted and trusting for such a deadly game. Over the course of the story however, this man of many faces (umm, valar morghulis anyone…) becomes bitter and fueled by revenge, but not in the obsessive way like Hamlet. Dantes is calculating and bides his time to strike down his enemy at the perfect moment. He would simply wait for Hamlet to act irrationally or hesitate and then make his move. As for Valjean, his empathy and forgiving nature would fall right into Dantes’ manipulative trap. Perhaps by luring Valjean with the promise of an alliance only to betray him. Both Prince Hamlet of Denmark and Jean Valjean maintain too much basic morality to stand a chance against a prison-hardened individual like The Count of Monte Cristo.


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Good luck and happy dueling!

150 thoughts on “Bout of Books: Bookish Battle Royal Challenge

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  2. I feel like Sidekicks do most of the dirty work, so why not pit them against each other? In the end, I think that the laziest, slyest Sidekick with the most fluid morality would probably win. I crowned Huckleberry Finn

    This really has me thinking more about minor characters. Great idea for a challenge!

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    • Bella and Tris were out first round because of how unsure they are about themselves. Down to Katniss and Queenie, both equally matched, but after what Queenie went through during her service and capture, she definitely proved to be the biggest B.A. And therefore the clear winner!

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