Top 10: If you could be a character in any book, who would you be and why?

  • Last week, we asked our readers what book character they would like to be – and offered five HK$200 book vouchers to the top five answers
  • This week, we want to know the funniest moments from your childhood
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Which book character do you most relate to? For one reader, it’s The Little Prince. Photo: Shutterstock

Last week, we asked our readers what book character they would like to be – and offered five HK$200 book vouchers to the top five answers. The vouchers have been kindly given to Young Post readers by ReBooked, a second-hand bookstore in Hong Kong founded by a teen. We’ll contact the winners about the vouchers delivery.

Last week’s question was: If you could be a character in any book, who would you be and why?

We received hundreds of fantastic responses, and we are happy to announce our top five answers: Liu Sze-wai, Sam Man, Hung Ka-long, Thong Kwok-fung, and Yolanda Xiao Yu-ching. Congratulations! We will be in touch with you about collecting your vouchers.

This week’s question: What is the funniest thing that happened in your childhood?

To take part, drop us a line via this form or email us at [email protected] by November 24 at 11.59pm.

The most rebellious things we want to do

The Little Prince. This book is about a young prince who visits various planets in space, including Earth, and learns about love and friendship.

He never loses his curiosity about the universe and his mission is to explore the true meaning of life.

I was moved by his love for the delicate rose. In his eyes, the relationship between people and things is natural. I wish I could be the little prince who lives a simple, regular life every day.
Liu Sze-wai, 15, Carmel Bunnan Tong Memorial Secondary School

Who doesn’t love a bit of whimsy? Photo: Shutterstock

I want to be Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Although he’s not as wealthy as the other characters in the book, Charlie has an impressive personality that we can learn from.

Even though he comes from a poor family, he is always looking for opportunities, and eventually he finds the “Golden Ticket” to enter Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

Gradually, he passes a series of challenges and becomes the owner of the factory. However, this is not about luck, but his good behaviour.
Sam Man, 17, Lingnan Secondary School

Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. This is because I want to be as brave as she is. Katniss saves her sister by volunteering to join The Hunger Games. She speaks out on behalf of oppressed people.

Nowadays, many people are being discriminated against because of their race, gender or religion. They do not dare to speak out for themselves, so it is time for someone to stand up for them and offer them their rightful place in society.
Hung Ka-long, 13, St Mark’s School

Katniss is a pretty cool idol. Photo: Shutterstock

I would want to be Nobi Nobita, because Doraemon grew up with him. Doraemon will always stand behind Nobita when he gets into any trouble or does anything outrageous.

Nobita is a lazy person and dislikes books but Doraemon never left him. Doraemon always tried to make Nobita a successful person.
Thong Kwok-fung, 15, Carmel Bunnan Tong Memorial Secondary School

Alice Cullen in The Twilight Saga. Just imagine having a superpower that allows you to see the future!

It would be such a fascinating experience, especially during these troubled times. If I could be Alice in this modern world, I would use my powers to predict which places will have Covid-19 cases, so governments can take preventive action.

A person like Alice will be really helpful to people who are weak and will save a lot of innocent lives.
Yolanda Xiao Yu-ching, 13 , St Paul’s Co-Educational College

Which movie, book or video game has the best ending?

Crisanta Knight (Crisa) in The Crisanta Knight series by Geanna Culbertson.

Being the daughter of fairy tale legend Cinderella is not easy, especially when there are a lot of enemies planning to turn her into a mega-powerful witch and destroy the world. In addition, she has to face the war between good and evil inside her.

She makes mistakes, feels inferior, and struggles with moral problems, yet she somehow finds a way to amend her faults and save the day.

She has inspired me to become a strong person. Crisa is strong, and so am I, therefore I would not fail to be the hero-princess just like she is.
Grace Ip Chi-yu, 14, St Rose of Lima’s College

The world of adults is complicated. I don’t want to grow up to become an adult. I want to be Peter Pan. I’d love to live in Neverland, leading a carefree life.

I wish to enjoy the endless freedom of childhood. And I even dream of flying around to explore every corner of the world.
Wu Yully, 13, Ho Yu College and Primary School (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen)

Don’t you hate it when your shadow runs off without you? Photo: Shutterstock

Jotaro Kujo from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders.

Why? Just take a look at his buffed body and his ability to stop time and you’ll understand. Just think about how many things you can do using an “evil spirit” that can move faster than light and can punch through diamond.

The best part is that his movements are so precise that they can sketch out basically anything! Now I don’t have to worry about my visual art grades.
Zac Wong Sung-hei, 13, Ho Yu College and Primary School (sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen)

I would like to be Juli from the book, Flipped. I like her a lot because of her boldness and perseverance.

There are good messages in the story and Juli has always been my role model. She never gives up. She has done a lot to show her love for Bryce, like asking him to hang out near her favourite sycamore tree, and sending his family eggs hatched from her own chickens.

Although Bryce is not responsive at first, Juli sticks to her beliefs and is totally comfortable in her own skin. I wish I had that courage.
Lydia Lin Ka-yin, 15, Catholic Ming Yuen Secondary School

Which fictional character do you most relate to?

I would love to be Yan from The Trials of Apollo, the sequel to the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series.

Yan is the child of Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, music and poetry, and she is about 13 years old. She only appears in the last book, The Tower of Nero, and she is a newbie at Camp Half-Blood. Yan plays a small role in the novel, but the fact that she is from Hong Kong makes me really proud. I appreciate the cultural representation.

Besides, one of the best perks of being a normal camper is that you don’t have to go on deadly quests that might send you to the terrifying Tartarus. Instead you can stay at the camp and have fun with your half-siblings and fellow campers while being able to befriend your favourite heroes. Life there would be amazing!
Ice Chow Sze-lok, 13, St Mary’s Canossian College

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