I was tagged by Bookworm Julie, who lives a few miles northeast of me. I think these answers are going to make me look very lowbrow, but I'll try to be honest anyway. I read a lot of non-fiction, and I'd love to meet a lot of the people in those books, or the authors, but noooo this is all about literary characters. Or is it possible to have a literary character in a non-fiction work?
1. If you could host a party with 7 literary characters, who would they be and why?
- Cutuk from Ordinary Wolves, because I want to hear about Alaska, and he'd be happy with pizza.
- Joshua from Lamb, because who wouldn't want to talk to the historical Jesus? Especially if he's anything like the character in Lamb.
- Abby Normal from You Suck (why yes, I do like Christopher Moore's books), because I want to read her descriptions of the party afterwards.
- Maye Roberts, from There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell, by Laurie Notaro, because she would be a lot like her creator, I think.
- Stephen Maturin (Julie can have Jack Aubrey and Awkward Davies and the rest), because I love natural history and medical trivia.
- Ranger, from Janet Evanovich's books, just because.
- Anthony Bourdain - I know his books are supposedly non-fiction, but honestly, he must at least exaggerate himself in those books, right? And I want him to cook.
2. Who is your literary role model?
Harriet Vane (from Dorothy Sayers' classic mysteries), though I don't want to be put in gaol (or jail).
3. Which literary house would you like most to live in?
Misselthwaite Manor, probably because I read about it at such an impressionable age (in A Secret Garden).
4. Which literary couple would you like most for parents?
Aral and Cordelia Vorkosigan.
5. Pick 3 literary characters you would like to have as siblings.
Well, with Aral and Cordelia as parents, that would leave Miles as a brother, which would be entertaining. I would still need a sister or two, or another brother, though - and most of the good ones seem to be from children's literature. Hmm, is there even any adult fiction out there with happy sibling relationships?
I guess I'll take Sam Gribley from My Side of the Mountain, and Claudia from The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I could get the best of both nature and culture then.
6. Who is your favorite literary villain?
7. Name a character that most people dislike, but that you do not. Why do you like them?
Poor Frankenstein's monster. He tried so hard, reading to educate himself. It was hard to hate him.
8. Which minor character deserves a book all to themselves, in your opinion?
Becky Thatcher from Tom Sawyer. I want her to kick Tom's ass, and I want to hear things from her perspective.
9. Which character do you identify most with in literature?
Kate from Jennifer Weiner's Goodnight Nobody. Except in the midwest, with less money and a better husband.
10. If you could go into a novel, which one would it be and why?
The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde. And this is really one of those cheating answers, like when you wish for a hundred wishes, because in The Eyre Affair characters get to go into any novel that they choose.
11. Name 3 — 7 books that you rarely see on people’s favorite book lists, that are high on your own.
George & Sam: Two Boys, One Family, and Autism, by Charlotte Moore - this is non-fiction, but it is as well-written and funny and touching and gritty as any fiction I've read this year. Read it, do. Don't let the fact that it's about autism scare you away.
A Complicated Kindness, by Miriam Toews
A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck (I'm on a crusade to convince more adults to read children's literature)
A Primate's Memoir, by Robert Sapolsky (yes, another non-fiction book)
The Lake, the River, and the Other Lake, by Steve Amick
12. Which is your least favorite book of those that are considered “classics”?
The Great Gatsby. I just wanted to smack all of the characters.
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