I saw this tag over on Kristen Kraves Books and I knew I had to do it! I so often feel like I know the characters in my books like real people! What if I could invite them to dinner???
1. One character who can cook/likes to cook
Vera and Killian (The Opposite of You)
Vera is always taking southern comfort food and putting a fine dining spin on it. She was my first choice to cook for my dinner party! And, hey, if she wants to bring her award-winning chef boyfriend, Killian, with her, who am I to stop her? Now that they’ve stopped fighting all the time, I’m sure they could whip up something super tasty in my tiny little kitchen!
2. One character who has money to fund the party
Taylor Harden (King of Code)
With all the money this tech tycoon is making on his latest system, Taylor for sure could fund any party I could dream up (and my tastes aren’t extravagant)! Plus, then I’d get to look at him. So….win, win.
3. One character who might cause a scene
Cletus (Beard Science)
Cletus doesn’t like judging people. He loves it! And as crotchety as he is funny he is sure to cause a scene at the party — especially if someone else eats all the cole slaw!
4. One character who is funny/amusing
Violet Waters from the Pucked series cracks me up just about every time she opens her mouth! She has no boundaries and is sure to embarrass someone (probably me) with inappropriate but hilarious sex stories or “beaver” talk! I can’t wait to hear a conversation between her and Cletus in which they talk about his famous sausage!
5. One character who is super social/popular
Keane (Ball Peen Hammer)
Keane Morgan, aka male stripper Ball Peen Hammer, fancies himself the second coming of Magic Mike. He’s got the moves; he’s got the swagger. And he can talk to anybody about anything. Inviting Keane is a must. If dinner conversation slows, Keane can provide the “entertainment.”
6. One villain
Negan (The Walking Dead)
OK…this one might be a stretch but I’m going with Negan from The Walking Dead. I don’t think I’ve ever talked of my love for the zombie survivalists before, but I am a fan of mostly the show, but also the comics! And hate him, love him, or love to hate him, Negan is a fascinating character! And if he looks anything like Jeffery Dean Morgan’s fine ass (he plays him on TV, so that’s likely), then he’s welcome at my dinner table anytime. But Lucille (the bat) stays at home! Plzkthx.
7. One couple – doesn’t have to be romantic
Roscoe and Simone (Dr. Strange Beard)
I just finished this novel and I cannot wait to talk about it! Alas, my stop on the blog tour isn’t until Aug. 3, so I (and you) will just have to wait! But just know that Roscoe Winston is wicked adorable! He is a flirt and everyone at the party will enjoy talking to him because he is freaking delightful! Simone is just as wonderful (I adore this couple!) and I think she will really enjoy the party, provided there are no clowns present.
8. One hero/heroine
Starr (The Hate You Give)
Starr Carter may not be a hero in the physical sense, but she showed true bravery. She stood up for herself and her neighborhood when it would’ve been easier for her to keep quiet. I hope some day I’m as cool as Starr….
9. One underappreciated character
There is a lot of debate about who is the true hero of The Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins or Samwise Gamgee. Some say that Sam is the hero because he was there for the entire journey but never fell victim to the ring’s power, as Frodo did. I can see the debate for this, but it can’t be debated that Samwise is a totally underrated character. Here he is, walking side by side with his master, who is getting all the glory.
Poor Sam…. I appreciate you!
10. One character of your own choosing
Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Was there any doubt I’d invite Atticus Finch to my dinner party???? He’s only the greatest character ever written and I’m sure he’d have many wise things to teach us about the world.
Man, I wish I could make this party happen? What would a fine southern gentleman like Atticus think of wide open Violet? Do you think Cletus would call Negan on his crap and cause a fight? If so, it’s likely Keane or Sam can talk them down. Either way it’s bound to be entertaining!
Who did I miss? Who would you invite to your literary dinner party?
I’m going to take a page out of Kristin’s book and say that if you’re reading this, I’m tagging you! Tell me. Who’s coming to your dinner party???