I spied this tag on Dreamland Book Blog, which you can view here, and it sounded like fun, especially for Thanksgiving! The tag’s premise goes like this: if you could invite any ten literary characters over for a dinner party (or, in this case, a Thanksgiving feast!), who would you pick?
1. One character who can cook or who likes to cook.
My Pick: Fritz, from the Nero Wolfe mysteries. Hands down, this man knows his way around a kitchen and can cook up some tasty gourmet grub. Now if we could just sneak him out of his eccentric employer’s brownstone, I think all of our dinner preparations would be set!
2. One character who has money to fund the party.
My Pick: Penguin from the Batman comics and graphic novels (so he counts as a book-ish character). No doubt Penguin (aka Oswald Cobblepot) has the coffers to cover a ten-guest shindig. And, if all else fails, at least he could bring a party-sized bag of ice.
3. One character who might cause a scene.
My Pick: Piper McCloud from The Girl Who Could Fly. Who better to cause a scene than a little girl who can fly…without a jet pack or wings, mind you! I imagine Piper would zoom around the room, greeting guests and serving up some good ol’ Southern hospitality. Though there might not be a lot of eating going on thanks to all of the dropped jaws!
4. One character who is funny or amusing.
My Pick: Jackaby from the Jackaby series. This character is basically a young Sherlock Holmes (think Benedict Cumberbatch on Sherlock) only he’s American and solves crimes of the paranormal persuasion. Jackaby could keep his fellow guests entertained with his witty banter, dry humor, odd insights, and the contents of his multi-pocket garb. As long as he leaves that noxious gas-spewing frog at home, we should be cool.
5. One character who is super social or popular.
My Pick: Carswell Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles series. He’s a hotshot pilot with a cocky, bad(ish) boy streak and is an unabashed charmer. Who wouldn’t want to hang out with him – especially the ladies? 😉
6. One villain.
My Pick: Negan from The Walking Dead comics/graphic novels (again, I count him as a book-ish character). You can’t run the risk of having a baddie killing off guests yet you definitely want somebody who knows how to have a good time. Negan is a baddie, to be sure, but he also has a wry sense of humor. Though we’d probably need to coat check his baseball bat, Lucille, as bashing in skulls isn’t exactly the best way to make nice with your fellow guests.
7. One couple
My Pick: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games trilogy. I know this doesn’t have to be a romantic pairing, but I figured why not? After all, Katniss could bring some tasty game and Peeta could bring delicious, artfully iced cookies. Though we’d have to tell Fritz to add lamb stew with dried plums on the menu – that’s Katniss’ favorite!
8. One hero.
My Pick: Frodo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings. How is he a hero? Well, he willingly accepted a dangerous task, underwent a torturous quest, carried the One Ring all the way into Mount Doom, and essentially defeated the dark lord Sauron. Need I say more as to why our Hobbit friend deserves a prized seat at the head of the table?
9. One under-appreciated character.
My Pick: Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series. Poor kid! Nobody seems to take him seriously and he gets picked on mercilessly (at least until Deathly Hallows) but my heart goes out to him. Provided he leaves his Mimbulus Mimbletonia at home (I don’t think the guests would appreciate getting Stinksap splattered on them), I sense Neville would make for some very pleasant dinner company.
10. One character of your own choosing.
My Pick: Marvin from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He’s a bit of a paranoid wet blanket (or would that be a towel – sorry, in-joke!) but that would make his presence all that more interesting. There’s nothing like a depressed robot trying to chat up guests to make for some awkwardly funny conversations.
That’s a rather mixed guest list, wouldn’t you say? 🙂 One thing is for sure, it would be one unforgettable Thanksgiving dinner!
Hoping your Thanksgiving is filled with delicious food, spent with wonderful family and friends, and filled with a spirit of true thankfulness.