A literary party would be right up my alley. In fact, I may be getting an idea for next year [twirls imaginary mustache]…
- Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy (because the romantic banter would be killer)
- Ron Weasley (for comic relief)
- Hercule Poirot & Sherlock Holmes (I expect this dinner party to turn into a murder mystery and I would love to see these two butt heads over how to solve it)
- Dolores Umbridge (well, if it’s going to be a murder mystery, someone has to die, right?)
- Turtle Wexler from The Westing Game (I bet she could even teach Poirot and Holmes a thing or two)
- Harriet from Harriet the Spy (I’m guessing she and Turtle would get up to some precocious shenanigans)
- Jamie Fraser from Outlander (just for the dreaminess factor: I had to do it!)
- Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factor (who I imagine will add a healthy dose of insanity)
For dinner, I expect an elegant 4-course meal of roast pheasant, etc. such that Mr. Darcy is accustomed to. Dessert will likely be a preposterous 20-course affair such that Willy Wonka is accustomed to.
Obviously, the game that we’d play would be “Who Killed Dolores Umbridge?” I imagine this would take up much of the conversation as well (barring, of course, the romantic witty banter and comic relief).
As for parting gifts, someone is leaving in handcuffs! The rest, with the knowledge that justice has been served. Oh, okay, and something glittery. In my expert opinion, all parties are more successful with glitter.
Kelly Jensen is a former librarian turned editor for Book Riot. She's the author of IT HAPPENS: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader and the forthcoming Feminism For The Real World (Algonquin Young Readers, Spring 2017).