This is the first tag I’ve done in a while and although I wasn’t actually tagged in this, I couldn’t resist participating!
I first saw this tag over at The Bibliophagist (you can read Sara’s version here) but I’m not sure where it started. I think the idea is just to pick characters that fall into each of the different categories/headings and then build a little scenario out of it at the end.
As I wasn’t tagged in this, I’m not going to leave this open as well so anyone who wants to take part, consider yourself tagged!
- One character who can cook/likes to cook
Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I know Lara Jean bakes, not cooks but I was struggling with this one. I think she’d be a cute guest to have at a dinner party. She’d bring baked goods and try and fill any awkward silences.
- One character who has money to fund the party
Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby. Who doesn’t want to go to a Gatsby hosted party?!
- One character who might cause a scene
Achilles from The Song of Achilles. I feel like Achilles doesn’t understand social conventions so should anything go wrong or not his way, he will throw a hissy fit and drag someone’s dead body around the dinner table like a thousand times.
- One character who is funny/amusing
Izzy O’Neill from The Exact Opposite of Okay, so funny she could even make Kanye smile. With Izzy at the table, hilarity will ensue.
- One character who is super social/popular
Caitlin Cardew from A Sky Painted Gold. Social, popular and glamorous, Caitlin Cardew would be the must-have guest at any dinner party. She’d probably even offer to help plan it!
- One villain
Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Olaf would be both the villain and the one making a scene, usually both at once. I have made sure that that the dinner party has a distinct lack of billionaire orphans, so he should be on his best behaviour. Although, he’ll probably steal some of Gatsby’s silver wear and heirlooms.
- One couple – doesn’t have to be romantic
Elsa & her Granny from My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry. Name a better due, I’ll wait.
- One hero/heroine
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. I honestly could not think of a worst dinner party guest which is why I’ve included her. Fun and Katniss are not exactly two words that go together so you just know she’d be the cause of lots of awkward moments.
- One underappreciated character
Tiny Cooper from Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Tiny Cooper is arguably the best thing about that book, so much so, he deserves a whole book to himself.
- One character of your own choosing
Kitty Pong from Crazy Rich Asians. I almost chose Kitty for someone who would make a scene, but I think Achilles lack of social awareness would make him more likely, but Kitty would still be a brilliant guest. She caused a scandal at every party she went to in Crazy Rich Asians and always seemed like she was having the most fun!
How I Think It’ll Go Down
Despite hosting, Gatsby would be nowhere to be seen for the majority of the night. Kitty Pong would turn up wearing something completely outrageous, offering to sign autographs for everyone else. Elsa’s Granny, Caitlin Cardew, Tiny and Izzy would spend all night laughing and telling scandalous stories together with Lara Jean and Elsa hanging on every word. Count Olaf would definitely put on some impromptu show which most people would humour but Tiny would join in and then take over, leading to an unplanned performance of Hold Me Closer Tiny Cooper in its entirety. He would convince Caitlin, Izzy, Lara Jean, and Kitty to join in, giving them various parts from the play which would make Count Olaf furious as not only has he been upstaged, he’s not been given a part.
Achilles and Katniss would spend the majority of the evening either brooding or misunderstanding Elsa’s Granny and Izzy’s humour. Izzy, Caitlin, and Kitty would be flirting with Achilles but getting nowhere and then Gatsby would make a dramatic entrance at about midnight, descending a grand start case and calling everyone old sport. At this point, Elsa would be asleep under a table or something whilst the adults/young adults partied into the night.
I could have kept going with my story, but I thought it best to cut off before I ended up with a full book! As I said at the beginning, I’m not doing specific tags for this post so if you want to join in, then please consider yourself tagged!
Thanks for reading! Who would you want at your literary dinner party? Let me know in the comments below!