I saw this tag on Tales for Time and Tea and thought it would fun to think about what characters I’d invite to my imaginary dinner party! It’s a pretty self-explanatory tag – pick a character that fits the prompt, then explain why you’d want them at your literary soirée!
1. One character who can cook/likes to cook
I really tried not to go with this person because it’s so obvious, but I couldn’t think of anyone else and besides, she’s an absolute gem and I’d love to taste her cooking, so my pick is the ever-loving Molly Weasley.
2. One character who has money to fund the party
Oh, definitely Evelyn Hugo. Dollar for days and she’d certainly be an intriguing and entertaining guest.
3. One character who might cause a scene
One of my favourite characters I’ve encountered this year is the biotech creature Borne, from the novel of the same name. His childlike innocence yet murderous appetite is sure to stir things up.
4. One character who is funny/amusing
I wasn’t sure about this one at first, but then I remembered Georgia Nicolson! I used to adore the Georgia Nicolson books as a teenager; I was always cackling over them with my friends and so much of our adolescent vocabulary was influenced by Georgia and the Ace Gang. I’d love to know what Georgia is like an adult.
5. One character who is super social/popular
I’m not sure this character is super social or popular in the usual sense, but my first thought was Count Alexander Rostov from A Gentleman in Moscow. Confined to the Metropol Hotel for refusing to renounce his aristocratic heritage, he spends most of his adult life only interacting with hotel staff and guests, becoming quite a beloved character in the hotel. I just imagine him to be the type that knows all the ins and outs of everyone’s lives, always asking after their family and remembering the names of all his acquaintance’s children and such. Oh no, just thinking about this has made me wanted to re-read A Gentleman in Moscow, oops.
6. One villain
The baddest bitch that ever was, Cersei Lannister. I don’t like to think of her as a villain but like… let’s be honest, she was. She’d be a fantastic yet also probably terrible addition to any dinner party but God, imagine the drama!
7. One couple – doesn’t have to be romantic
I really liked the friendship between Tuva and Tammy in Dark Pines. They had each other’s backs without question and I’m looking forward to seeing more of their friendship as the series develops.
8. One hero/heroine
Anouk from Times for Time and Tea chose Lyra from His Dark Materials and I think that’s such a perfect pick! I feel like I’ve grown up with Lyra a little bit so I’m really excited to see her as an adult in the new Book of Dust volume, and she’d definitely be my heroine pick for a dinner party.
9. One underappreciated character
Another Book of Dust pick: Dr. Hannah Relf from La Belle Sauvage. I found her really interesting and her concern for Malcolm was really sweet, as was her encouragement of his learning. I hope we get to find more out about her and her work in the upcoming books.
10. One character of your own choosing
One of my favourite characters is Erin from The Word for Woman is Wilderness. I feel like we’re quite similar and I’d love to be friends with her in real life!
Who would you invite to your literary dinner party?