Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Characters to
Minimize Time Stuck on an Island
So does this week’s topic somewhat encourage polygamy or what? I’m just saying…that was the first thought that came to mind. And like always, I love putting things into perspective; especially using narratives to start things off—because I’m a try hard like that and perhaps you enjoy it.
You hear cacaws and breathe in—salty—you think despite being dazed. You feel the contrast of the cool water lining one side of your body and the god awful sun heating the clothes on your backside. Your mouth opens to a dry, tasteless grittiness and you begin spitting, trying to get the specks of dirt or sand or whatever it is off your tongue. Unsatisfied, the slits of your eyes barely open and you see a heaping mass several feet from you. You roll over; a newfound euphoria takes over as temperatures juxtapose. You relax and unwillingly enter the abyss.
You barely hear the birds anymore and you don’t feel the rush of the water against your skin. You see greens and browns and yellows and everything smells like wet earth. Whatever that means. You realize you’re sitting upright against a jagged surface, no longer disoriented and the veil of comfort ceases. You are not alone.
But who do you hope to find?
Although everyone’s criteria for what can be found or is needed in a deserted island is different, the one common thread of similarity is that in the end…we all (ideally) want to survive for as long as possible until salvation is found and we can get off said patch of floating land. That being said, I’m trying to be as realistic as possible (for the most part, anyways) in my dream team even if it sounds like I’m trying to recruit slaves.
Contingency A: The Stranded Island Life
Finnick Odair (The Hunger Games) –
Deserted Island surrounded by water? No problem—food aplenty.
Food slave #1.
Chuck Noland (Castaway) —
Pretty adept at surviving on an island. Bonus points if Wilson finds his way back to him (and us?!); deducting points if Chuck brings his crazy.
Food slave #2.
Herb (The Rule of Three) –
From what I gather, he’s like Bear Grylls meets survivalist in knowledge. That’s worth some points.
Food slave #3.
Leopold Fitz & Jemma Simmons (Agents of SHIELD) –
My dream team needs these two nerdy kids who basically fill the role of every single science/engineering role and occupation. I couldn’t take one without the other because they are [one of] my OTP. Real talk.
Hard workers #1.
Ron Weasley (Harry Potter), Uriah Pedrad (Divergent) –
They just seem like cool, hardworking, positive people to have around who know how to live life.
Hard workers #2.
Tyrion Lannister (Song of Fire and Ice) –
Now, I’m only basing this from Game of Thrones…but it seems to me like he could hold court by himself. His propensity to lead while entertaining with witty, thought-provoking conversations is a bonus (if not a necessity).
Fun fun fun #1.
Donna Paulsen (Suits), Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Project), Britta Perry (Community) –
Uhh, yeah, they can all just be themselves and life is a blast.
Fun fun fun #2.
Manchee (The Knife of Never Letting Go) –
Now, I only started reading this last week and despite thoughts that all animals and mascots I love end up in some perilous fate…I JUST LOVE MANCHEE SO MUCH. UGH, EVERYTIME THIS DOG SPEAKS…IT’S GOLDEN. I JUST CAN’T. Like, what if, on the island…suddenly: “Poo. Poo, Joey.” For those of you who have read (or are reading) this series then I’m sure you understand my animal/pet feels.
Piggy (Lord of the Flies) –
Not much utility out of him but I think he deserves another chance…with a sane group of people. That’s worth a spot in my book. But if he dies from assmar (asthma)…well, that’s his problem.
Contingecy T: Turtles: The Salvation
Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean) –
Have no fear, if all else fails, the turtles will come for him and will come for us. The only problem might be coercing him to help us along and not abandoning all of us. Don’t be like that, Jack.
Turtle herder #1.
Contingency Z: Rescue Takes Too Damn Long And We Die
Legolas (Lord of the Rings) —
Sorry Katniss. Sorry Hawkeye. Sorry Arrow. Sorry anyone-else-who-owns-a-bow because this man is light as a feather, nimble as laser, old as old can be, and will likely trump all other archer-esqe characters. This is the only person that I will stretch the magical realism for because it’s not technically overpowered as having abilities to change things on a whim (i.e. like, if I threw in Avatar Korra to this list or something absurd). If we all die from old age, he is my contingency plan if someone (anyone) ever arrives to said abode and he can recount our stories: how Jack Sparrow tried numerous times to ditch, how Finnick convinced Britta a wet cube of sand was a brown sugar cube, and how he [Legolas] avoided and overcame grief so he wouldn’t die.
Food slave #4….Last hope #1.
So if you were counting, there’s eleven. Whatever, we can count me out of this deserted island and send my dream team in and they’d get work done and either be back soon or be able to start a new civilization there.
This theme this week also reminded me that I watched this movie earlier in the year called “The Philosophers/After The Dark” which basically has the same premise as this week’s theme (sort of). It’s a film that’s thoughtful at best and definitely brings me back to philosophy class in high school. But otherwise, here’s a link to the trailer. The entire movie is also on youtube if you’re interested.
“AFTER THE DARK is set at an international school in Jakarta, where a philosophy teacher (D’Arcy) challenges his class of twenty students to a final thought experiment. Faced with an impending nuclear apocalypse, they must determine which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race. The decision quickly becomes deadly as each in the group turns against each other in a desperate fight for survival that blurs the lines between theory and reality.”
And as always: