Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TTT: Characters I Would Want With Me on a Deserted Island

This week's TTT topic: Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

Irene and Gen (from the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner): Irene is an amazing manager and strategist. Her ruthless administration tactics would be a major plus when sorting out food, shelter, and assigning tasks and then making sure they were actually carried out. Gen can come because he needs to be with his wife. He can also use a sword to protect the camp and climb trees no one else would dare to bring down fruit and look for oncoming ships.

Tom and Tara (from the Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta): Tom is good at building things and we will need a builder. And Tara is good at making Tom not be lazy and do the things he needs to do.

Taran and Eilonwy (Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander); Aluna and Dash (Above World series by Jenn Reese): These are the people who would provide the camp with food. They are all used to being in the wilderness and needing to do this. Aluna can even get us plenty of food from the ocean. They all also have skills that will help with the protection. (Now that the thought of these four adventuring together has invaded my head it's all I want to read about.)

Christopher and Millie Chant: It would be silly not to have someone around with the ability to do magic, and of all the magic users there are, The Chrestomanci is the best choice. He can move between worlds and has massive amount of power. He might actually be able to get us off the island within a couple of hours. Millie needs to be with him because of what her wedding ring contains (which is one of the most romantic parts of a story EVER), and also because every group needs a good mother.

I think this group would work pretty well as long as Christopher works his magic quickly enough. I can see Aluna getting annoyed with Gen rather quickly and Irene and Dash continually having to step between them. I also think Gen and Tom might get along a little too well and figure out some way to get drunk together at least twice a week. Then nothing would get done.

Bit (my 10 year old daughter) wandered into the room as I was typing this and wanted to join the fun too. Here are her choices:
Taran and Eilonwy from Prydain Chroincles
Aluna, Dash, Hoku, and Callie from Above World (She was REALLY not happy I didn't have Hoku and Callie on mine. Because this dream team can not be separated EVER.)
Hermione and Ron from Harry Potter
Kat from Kat Incorrigible
Gen from Queen's Thief

What do you think of my list? Who would you have on your island?


  1. Haha! I didn't bring Gen because I figured emotions would already be running high, but Irene was a good choice. Oh well. I'm happy taking Pol.

    1. My head is always wherever the books are at the point I write something like this, so for me Pol wasn't even an option because....you know. It never even occurred to me, but he is an excellent choice.

      I think Gen would be fun, and I couldn't have Irene without him. Also, the other people he would need to work with most are lots younger. The interesting thing I noticed in my most recent reread is that Gen is a really good mentor, and he seems to enjoy that role more than any other. He doesn't like having authority over him, he doesn't like the responsibility of being the ultimate authority, but he's good at training people and subtly teaching them. I think he'd be good for those kids. They'd learn a lot.

  2. I like how Bit has Gen without Irene because...he fals in love? What?!