Have you ever wondered who you'd invite to a literary dinner party? I have. And while I'd probably seem a lot smarter and well read if I invited historic literary icons like Jane Austen, Shakespeare, or Tolstoy, my tastes run much lighter. Here's my list. Now I need to think about what I'd serve to such an eclectic group.
I met her once at a book fair. More specifically I fangirled over her. I don't recall that she had a chance to say much as I blathered on and insisted on a picture. Her book, A Knight in Shining Armor, was the first time-travel story I ever read and is still one of my favorites. Jude Deveraux is also known for writing dozens of fabulous romance novels involving the now famous Taggerts and Montgomerys. I’ve been following her on Facebook for a couple of years. She shares her experiences on the process of writing characters and storylines, but even more fun is how she writes about taking cruises around the world. Can you imagine!
There were no stipulations on whether my people could be dead or alive, so I pick Carrie Fisher. Recently I read her book Wishful Drinking. This woman is hilarious as she shares stories about not being allowed to wear underwear while playing Princess Leia in Star Wars, being raised by her eccentric firecracker of a mother, Debbie Reynolds, and about the bumpy road of addiction and shock therapy, all told with the same self-deprecating humor. She'd keep the dinner party attendees in stitches.
Rather than have all authors, it would be fun to hear Katniss talk about her life, assuming she knows she's a fictional character. I wonder if she'd be angry with Suzanne Collins for putting her through hell in The Hunger Games and giving her PTSD. Hopefully she'd find the evening a great way to relax after dealing with the Capitol.
She's not a literary character or author, but she's played fictional characters, most notably Elphaba in Wicked, which was a book before it became a Broadway musical. This woman knows how to bring a fictional character to life! I get the feeling she's a feisty broad with a great sense of humor. If the dinner party started to get boring, she could sing and keep us entertained all night.
As portrayed by actor Sam Heughan in the epic series Outlander, which is one of my favorite books. Face it, what better addition to a dinner party than a good-looking Scotsman? He's charming, funny and speaks with the endearing lilt of a Scottish brogue. It would probably be a struggle to keep the other ladies from flirting with him, and would round out our dinner quite nicely.
Who would you invite to your literary dinner party?