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24 November 2011 @ 04:10 pm
Dinner Party Meme  

Nabbed from Alma Alexander: the Dinner Party Meme. You’re throwing a dinner party. You can invite ten authors, living or dead, to the party. Who do you choose?

1. Shakespeare, if only to take him to see “Anonymous” after dinner. :) No, really, because he’s *Shakespeare*, for heaven’s sake.
2. Oscar Wilde, because OMG.
3. Murasaki Shikibu, because I would dearly love to meet the woman who wrote what is widely considered to be the first novel.
4. Mark Twain. See Oscar Wilde for reasons. :)
5. Susan Cooper, because I love the Dark is Rising Sequence above almost all other fiction.
6. Jane Austen, because man, that would be interesting.
7. Walt Whitman, because A Song of Myself is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read.
8. Robert A. Heinlein, because while there may be a very good chance we’d have violent political disagreements, what I wouldn’t give for the chance.
9. Stan Lee, because, well, STAN LEE!
10. Veronica Franco, because she would be fascinating.

With the exception of Susan Cooper and Stan Lee, I’ve chosen dead writers. This is because of the faint, if mistaken, belief that I may actually get to meet ones who are still alive. But I’d want to be *sure* of meeting those two, so they get a place at the table. :)

Alma also has a second table over there, with ten favorite characters sitting at it. Mine would be:

1. Methos from Highlander (this cannot possibly surprise anyone)
2. Spike from Buffy (this cannot possibly surprise anyone)
3. Vincent from Beauty and the Beast (this canno–you get the idea.)
4. Gerald Tarrant from CS Friedman’s Coldfire Trilogy (Tarrant is my favorite fictional character *ever*, and if you’ve read the books, well, see above)
5. Dianora from Tigana (who may end up the only woman on this list, but that’s okay, because she’d have the men eating out of her hand before she finished saying hello)
6. Trent the Uncatchable from the Continuing Time by Daniel Keys Moran
7. Zoe from Firefly (who actually shouldn’t surprise anybody either, if they think about it at all)
8. Anne Shirley
9. pretty much any of the X-Men, but if I have to choose one for a dinner party…Hank McCoy
10. Harry from The Blue Sword

If I got to have dinner with ten of my *own* characters, now…:)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Mary Annepers1stence on November 24th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Can I come to dinner, too? Either of these tables would make me so very happy.... :) Love the addition of Veronica Franco to the first one. Dangerous Beauty is such an under-rated movie. I have a biography of her sitting in my "to-read" shelf.
angharaanghara on November 24th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'll drop by, just for a bit, if you promise me that i can sit next to Mark Twain for a bit... and it appears that Dianora is in demand [grin] (Just remember, she comes to MY party first...)
Laochailanlatheos on November 24th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Bonus love for including Trent the Uncatchable. The Long Run by Daniel Keys Moran is tied with John Myers Myers' Silverlock for my favourite book.
desperancedesperance on November 24th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Gerald Tarrant from CS Friedman’s Coldfire Trilogy (Tarrant is my favorite fictional character *ever*, and if you’ve read the books, well, see above)

Bizarrely, I am currently reading an entirely different series that also features a Gerald Tarrant... (Modesty Blaise, since you ask. Sir Gerald is head of the secret service, and constantly getting Modesty in trouble.)
kitmizkit on November 25th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
...I wonder if she did that on purpose...
Geek of Weird Shit: sensualgows on November 25th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
If I got to have dinner with ten of my *own* characters, now…:)

*grin* I'd like to see that list . . .
kitmizkit on November 25th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
Janx. Daisani. Belinda, though I might want her on the far side of shatterproof glass. Rodrigo. Gary. Chelsea. Seolfor. Melinda. Kelly.

And Morrison, because I'd like to see what he looks like.
Geek of Weird Shit: fireygows on November 26th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)

Not pinging the last three, though. Truthseeker?
kitmizkit on November 26th, 2011 06:05 am (UTC)
Seolfor's from the Inheritors' Cycle. Melinda is Melinda Holliday, Billy's wife. Kelly is, yes, from Truthseeker. Lara's best friend.