We've all seen this picture floating around Facebook and other social media platforms. Most of us know by now which two that we would take.
Personally, I'd take the Amnesia pill and the Travel Pill!
However, I also wanted to explore which books I would apply to each pill, which I'll reveal below. If you're reading this, I'd love to hear which books and/or characters you'd apply to each pill as well!
Starting with the jagged little (blue) pill, I have the chance to read a book as if I had never read it before. For this one, I'd have to pick my favorite book of course.
by Ned Vizzini.
This book may not be for everyone as it's YA and deals with emotional trauma and suicide. However, the writing is phenomenal. In 464 pages, this book made me both laugh and cry hysterically, and I recommend it to anyone who will listen! I would love to read this again without any knowledge of the ending, or the journey that takes you there. I may not be able to read this again for the first time, but you definitely can. And should ;)
The pink pill, the pill of sacrifice...a pill that can revive any dead fictional character...
***SPOILERS AHEAD for Sons of Anarchy, All the Bright Places, and the Aces High: Charleston series***
If we were talking about a television show, I would probably respond with Opie from Sons of Anarchy. That was absolutely gut-wrenching, and one of the more poignant scenes in the series.
If we were talking books and you asked me a few years ago, I would've said Finch from All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, or maybe even Dobby from Harry Potter. But again, at the risk of sounding biased, I'll now have to go with Toby from Christine Michelle's Aces High: Charleston series!
I think the reason that this death was particularly painful for readers is because every single book in that series is written from a different perspective, and each person was deeply affected by their relationship with Toby, both before and after his sudden and untimely death. It's not often that we're able to read about a death like this from almost every perspective, and this added an extra layer of emotional attachment. We have to read through his parents learning to navigate life after the loss of their child, and the wedge that the circumstances surrounding his death drove between them. We see his best friend fall apart, his girlfriend lose all sense of herself, his sister face her regrets after not being able to fully repair their relationship together before he died, etc.
Now onto the yellow pill....
This one is probably the hardest for me to think of an answer for. I don't mean to brag (or maybe I do ;) ) but I have a pretty cool life partner already, so I'm not really in the business of trading him out quite yet.
BUT IF I WAS GOING TO...I'd probably choose Rage from Consumed by Rage written by Zara Teleg. If you haven't guessed already from previous blog posts, I'm a big Zara fan. Even though I work in and around the dark romance community, MC and other dark romances are not my go to genres. That being said, I've read a lot of them, at first just as part of my job, but I've actually come to enjoy them, and one of my favorite authors in the genre is Zara! I love a good slow burn romance, and I absolutely adore her ability to write real, complex characters. Her females are strong, independent, and unique, and her males are simultaneously compassionate and strong, able to take care of their woman without the insecurity that sometimes comes when a man is dating a woman that can take care of themselves. Rage may see himself as damaged goods, but he is a hell of a man in the end. If you haven't yet, you should definitely give this one a read!
This blog post has already gotten kind of lengthy, and I've given you a few recommendations. Stay tuned for part 2 coming very soon! <3