Friday Fun: Who’s Coming To Dinner?


I hear it all the time, sometimes from my own mouth – I wish the characters I read about were real people that I could take shopping, visit on vacation or invite to dinner. I miss them when the book is finished, miss them as much as I miss my real life, flesh & blood friends. Their writer has done his job so thoroughly that the characters feel like real people.

My fictional dinner party will include Helena Justina and Marcus Didius Falco from Lindsey Davis’ Falco mysteries (these two would probably run the conversation at the table!), Will Stanton from Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising Sequence (I love Merriman, too, but Will’s less disquieting), Phil Davies, of Tim Powers’ On Stranger Tides (every dinner party needs a hot pirate!), Brother Cadfael, from Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael mysteries (he’s peaceful, well-read, and can probably keep Davies honest for the duration of the evening), Repairman Jack from F Paul Wilson’s Adversary Cycle (not that he’d come to dinner – he’s a bit wary), Ronny Dillon, from Tom Dietz’ Soulsmith Trilogy (because I want to talk with him about that radio tarot process), Tarod from Louise Cooper’s Time Master Trilogy (if your steak suddenly looks like a pink and green swim noodle, please forgive him – he IS a chaos lord, you know) and Phaid the Gambler from Mick Farren’s Phaid books (such a charmer).

Tell me – who would you like to invite to dinner?  (No fair choosing your own characters!)


9 comments to Friday Fun: Who’s Coming To Dinner?

  • Perhaps not dinner, but … um … just tea with CE Murphy’s, The Queen’s Bastard. And I’ll not let her have access to my cup. And I’ll sit back to the wall. Maybe hire a certain pirate lass called Mad Kestral to guard me to and fro…

  • I might invite Joanne Baldwin from Rachel Caine’s Weather Wardens series. But if I do, I’m going to light a couple of candles, open a bottle of 2002 McLaren Vale Shiraz, and put on some Miles Davis. And I ain’t inviting anyone else….

  • Beatriz

    Stu Redman and Glen Bateman from The Stand. Heck, for that matter, Kojak/Steve too– I think Winnie would like to meet him. 😉

    Rhett Butler (although, I think I’d take a page from David’s book and not have anyone else around that evening).

    And while they don’t come from a book, they are fictional characters and the writers made them so real I weep over them frequently: Pullo and Verenus from Rome. In fact, forget Rhett (my childhood hero and first roguelove) and just give me Titus Pullo, some cheese, grapes, good bread and a sunken marble bath. I’ll take care of the rest.

  • “In fact, …just give me Titus Pullo, some cheese, grapes, good bread and a sunken marble bath. I’ll take care of the rest.”

    No worries – I’ll entertain Vorenus! *grin*

  • Susan Coopers “The Dark is Rising” is the first ‘big’ book I ever read, it’s the one that started my wonderful love affair with reading and books in general. So yes I’d invite Merriman as well just to tease him. I’d probably include David Eddings Belgarath and Terry Pratchetts Granny Weatherwax as well (I’d include Nanny Ogg but she’d eat us out of house and home).

  • My list would have to be all people I could learn things from:

    Faith Hunter’s Thorn St. Croix- Because who doesn’t love jewelry?
    David Edding’s Polgara the Sorceress- A whole world of knowledge all to herself.
    Jacqueline Carey’s Phedre no Delauney de Montreve – Who has vast skills in several… diverse areas.
    CE Murphy’s Joanna Walker – I think she and I could be BFF although we’d look funny walking next to each other since I’m barely 5’3″.
    Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan – So many butt-kicking skills to learn!
    Misty Massey’s Kestrel – Sword fighting!
    and Anne Bishop’s Janelle Angeline.

    Because who wouldn’t want to know how to make an amulet or two, turn women into snakes, learn the name of God, rebuild a carburetor, fight off a demon, sword fight her way into capturing a ship, and weave a tangled web of illusions?

  • I think I know too much about most of the Characters I can think of to want to actually hang around them.
    I suppose Captain Carrot Ironfoundersson would always be great to have around in a pinch, though. Maybe Ozzie Boone from “Odd Thomas” (But not his cat.)

  • Christine

    Oh, I’d invite Joanne Walker and Gary on over any time!

    I’m lucky enough to know someone a bit like Gary in real life, so I can kind of cheat on that!

    I’ve also wondered what it would be like to meet with Firekeeper and Blind Seer from Jane Lindskold’s Firekeeper series.

    I’d even like a conversation with the gryphon Skandranon from Mercedes Lackey’s “The Black Gryphon”.

    As for meeting my own characters, it would probably be full of awkward and even a bit dangerous, especially with the paranoid ones! Never mind the conversations and arguments we already have in my head…even when I’m not writing!

  • Christine said, “As for meeting my own characters, it would probably be full of awkward and even a bit dangerous, especially with the paranoid ones! ”

    Many years ago, just for a laugh, I wrote a story in which all the characters in all the works-in-progress of my critique partners went on strike. In the story, we were sitting around the table when we noticed all our pages were blank, and then in walked our characters, ready to air their grievances. It was so much fun!

    It’s not a story that would ever be publishable unless everyone in the group had published those books, but still…. 😀