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!”
- Choose three or more fictional characters as combatants – they can be haphazardly picked or themed (for example, I went with badass classic literature protagonists)
- 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…)
- Determine who would come out victorious and give a little explanation why you think they would win – get creative with the outcomes!
- 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!
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
|Sharp-tongued||Inability to act|
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
And the winner is….
Mr. Edmond Dantes aka Lord Wilmore aka Abbé Busoni aka Sinbad the Sailor aka…
The Count of Monte Cristo
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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