This is a rendition of Top Ten Tuesday (and a Day) by the thebrokeandthebookish.wordpress.com. I have chosen the following characters from a consideration of my own sanity, survival/escape on an island that may be deserted of people, but not necessarily other threats including varied environments, and because I feel we could work well together, or at least in small groups. And away!
Top Ten Literary Characters I’d Want with me on a Deserted Island
1. Will Parry from “The Subtle Knife” by Phillip Pullman
-This was the first name that jumped to mind as I found him an eminently worthy character who I’d love to work with and who possesses courage, improvisational skills, and the ability to work with anyone, I think.
2. Katsa from “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore
-How more obvious or perfect can you get than this kickass heroine graced with the power of survival?
3. Tiffany Aching from “Wee Free Men” by Terry Pratchett
-She not only comes with her own brand of magic and getting-things-done, but with the Nac Mac Feegle, who can travel worlds to fetch food, fight off most things, and provide hilarity all at the same time!
4. Legolas from “Lord of the Rings” by Tolkien
-Fighting, hunting, impervious to most weather if that’s an issue, and good eye-candy. I think he and Katsa would go from stand-offishness to becoming friends and it would be fun to see.
5. Fezzik from “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman
-Talk about a bodyguard! Not to mention, gentleness, rhyming games to pass the time, and warmth if things get chilly. On the set of the movie based on this book Andre the Giant would place his giant hand atop Robin Wright’s head to keep her warm when it got chilly, and I believe Fezzik would totally do that, as well. He would rhyme with the Wee Free Men, become close with Tiffany right away when she defends him from their initial charge in the belief he was a threat, and generally manage to provide a level of relaxation to everyone.
6. Benet from “The Magic Thief” by Sarah Prineas
-He would be Fezzik’s best friend though, as he is also an official bodyguard, but is also a master of his loved arts of knitting and baking. Warmth if we need it, more protection, and moreover, we really need a decent cook in this situation and his biscuits make my mouth drool. I imagine him trying to teach Fezzik how to make them and the picture is adorable as a cat and a rabbit cuddling!
7. Prince Lucian Kiggs from “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman
-This character can keep everyone in line during the initial phase where no one knows each other, is highly reasonable for this situation, good fighter, and can solve any mysteries that may start happening if this island has any ideas of starring in another “Lost”-style thing. Plus, I suspect he’d be best friends with Will and he’ll be excellent company for
8. Seraphina of “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman
-Not only do I totally relate to this heroine, but she is a wonderful escape plan. Telepathy with helpful folk for rescuing us and keeping us up on current affairs, an affinity with dragons who could come get us away, and a wonderfully diplomatic liar in case the deserted island, like so many literary ones, turns out to be not-so-deserted, after all.
9. Ella of “Ella Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine
-Another one I’ve always wanted to hang out with, I suspect she, Tiffany, and I will become quite the gang and eventually, once Legolas and Fezzik thaw her out, Katsa will join, and it will be glorious! Besides, she’s smart, resourceful, an equally wonderful liar who can also pick up languages and with practice possibly hypnotize folk with her impressions, funny, and owns a magic book with constantly changing stories (who doesn’t need that book on an island???) and the ability to give us insight into the lives of our loved ones while we’re away. Perfect!
10. Howl of “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne Jones
-This wizard is my backup escape plan, in case Seraphina’s allies don’t have enough to go on to track us down. He comes with a moving house and Calcifer, who I adore, and who will manage to track him down with that house and provides basically electricity. Plus, Howl’s such a dandy that he’ll magic up something decent for people to stay in when he doesn’t want them all piling into the house right away, as well as other useful magical aids. Not to mention that this vain fellow would prove hysterical, in both senses of the word, if stuck on a desert island and I want to be there to see it. I suspect he’ll gravitate towards Legolas, but then become close with Benet for his biscuits and Will for strategic thinking. Tiffany will stare at him in disdain and then come hang out in my corner with Ella and her jokes or book, which she will enjoy wrangling with the Nac Mac Feegle about, and that is how our gang will begin.
I must say, now I’m really quite looking forward to this island vacation! When does it start???