Okay, I think most of us have played some variation of this game before, and I figured it was about time we did a PubCrawl version of it. 🙂 For those who don’t know how this game goes, our version is as follows: pick out a fictional (book) character that you would like to marry, then one you’d just like to date, and then one you’d love to kill. Here’s what we think
S. Jae-Jones (JJ)
Date: DR. PELLINORE WARTHROP FROM THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST. OMG. I LOVE HIM. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. I love his failed poet, romantic heart, his crazy-intense focus, his mad scientist-ness, his weird, almost Asperger’s-like way of being unable to understand most social conventions. (Also, I imagine he looks like Crazy David Tennant.)
Also, I’d like to put in a vote for dating FEE WORTHINGTON from Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle books, because I love her. I LOVE HER SO MUCH.
Marry: Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables. He’s sweet, he’s funny, he’s charming, and he’s totally a best friend and partner—ideal qualities for a marriage, I think.
Kill: I’m a lover, not a killer. 😉
Date: One of the Weasley twins. Funny, sweet, spontaneous. It would be a blast. For a little while…
Marry: Sirius Black. Loyal, courageous, passionate, and as faithful as they come. If only he hadn’t been framed for his best friend’s murder…
Kill: Gilderoy Lockhart. Pompous, vain, conceited, and self-centered. Blegh. He is just horrid and the wizarding world would be better without him. (Oh, and if I have a freebie, I’d take care of Umbridge, too.)
Date: Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle (Diana Wynn Jones). He’s sooo cute and funny, but we couldn’t be together forever. Or even a month. He’s too vain and self-centered. And furthermore, I wouldn’t clean up the slime when he pouts. Adore him, though.
Marry: Jack from Everneath (Brodi Ashton), because who doesn’t want that kind of love and dedication?
Kill: I dunno. Mean boys and mean girls.
Marry: Sam Henry, from Miranda Kenneally’s catching Jordan, because he’s d-r-e-a-m-y, and you should read the book to find out why!
Kill: Roger of Conte, from Tamora Pierce’s Tortall series (not that it hasn’t been tried), because it would save everybody a lot of trouble. Although there would probably be less story.
Date: Howl, from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. How can you NOT be head over heels by the end of that book? He’s so frustratingly charming and tortured and stubborn!! I adore him! But I don’t know how long his fancy with me would last, so date it is!
Marry: Shadow, from American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Oh my god that man. I want that man to be real. Intelligent, strong both physically and emotionally, charming as hell, not judgmental, does the right thing out of innate nobility, is just an all-around real man…sigh…
Kill: Parlabane from The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies is just…ugh truly despicable.
Marry: Heathcliff from Withering Heights… I’m certain this one DOES require explanation, since he’s pretty detestable. But here’s my thought process: if I had been Cathy, I would have married Heathcliff instead of Linton, and he never would have become the demon he becomes later in the book. Instead, he would have devoted himself to making me (um, Cathy, that is,) the happiest woman in the world.
Kill: Heathcliff from Withering Heights… Because I’m not Cathy, so I’m not able to marry Heathcliff instead of Linton and prevent Heathcliff from becoming the deplorable, vengeful man he becomes. So I guess I’d have to kill him instead. 😉
Date: Vidanric Renelaeus, aka the Marquis of Shevraeth from Crown Duel. He makes anonymous courtship via letters so sexy! Plus, behind that drawling bored act he puts on, he’s smart and thoughtful and sweet.
Marry: Definitely George Cooper from The Song of the Lioness quartet! What a Rogue! And he’s loyal, a little dangerous, and very cunning. I’d never make him wait 8 years for me!
Kill: Leck from the Graveling series. He is, without a doubt, one of the most twisted and horrifying villains ever.
Marry: While Fox would be fun to date (and maybe kiss ;)), I think I need someone steadier for marriage—like Gen from The Thief (especially in The King of Attolia—mmmmm!) because he’s clever, agile, and all around sexy without being overtly hot.
Kill: Aary from Catch-22. Obscure reference, I know, but to this day, he remains one of those characters I hate. Hate, hate, HATE because he’s wicked with no remorse (because he has no ability to ever see himself as having made a mistake)…and there are actually people like him in the world.
Date: Adam (from If I Stay and Where She Went, by Gayle Forman). Uh, because he’s a rock star, and hot as hell, and sweet. I don’t think it’d work out in the long run, though. Too much of a celebrity. 🙂
Marry: Wade Watts (from Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline). He’s just endearing and adorable and smart, and a gamer.
And now, folks, of course we want to know…Date, Marry, or Kill?