Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Challenge: Characters I'd invite to dinner

This is part of the weekly Blogging Challenge over at Long and Short Reviews. If you'd like to participate, you can find the prompts here. They also put up a post every Wednesday where you go and link your response -- and see everyone else's. Check out their homepage to find it.

The challenge for this week is Characters I'd invite to a a dinner party.

Adult-me has no idea, and finds the whole thing a bit surreal in the current environment. I mean, can fictional characters spread a pandemic? What if they're visiting other people's dinner parties? Are they maintaining proper social distancing? What if they come down with COVID19 and then take it back to their book-worlds? Is any of this safe???

But child-me used to spin elaborate, genre-blending fantasies when I was lying in bed at night. I'm not honestly sure I can remember everyone or everything that was involved, or really do this whole thing justice, but...
  • The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew - I read both, and while they were distinct series, I'm obviously not the only one who thought that they could be set in the same world.
  • Tony and Tia from Escape To Witch Mountain - because telekinetics are cool, and musical telekinetics are even cooler. I suspect most people know this one from the Disney movie, but it actually was a book originally.
  • Tom Swift - which I suspect is how I justified us all having a spaceship to fly around in.
  • The kids from the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon - because hey, real magic! Powerful artifacts! ...I want one.
I suspect there were others, but that's what I remember.

Edited to add: Doctor Who! How the hell could I forget the Doctor? (This would be Tom Baker-era Fourth Doctor, for anyone who's keeping track. Jelly babies all around!)

So now, I suppose, you have to picture the bunch of us sitting around a very long table in my castle. (Of course I had a castle. You don't think I'd be satisfied with just having a spaceship, do you?) Each group is seated a good eight feet from the others, and when we aren't eating we're wandering in masks and gloves, maintaining distance, and shout-talking at each other. Since we're all in our forties now, I suspect much of the conversation will be catching up on what people have been doing with their lives for the last thirty years or so.

Until Presto the magician unexpectedly sneezes, and all of sudden everybody is like, "Hey, look at the time! Gotta go..."

This timeline is so, so very weird.

18 comments:

  1. I never considered this, "What if they come down with COVID19 and then take it back to their book-worlds? Is any of this safe???"

    Yikes!

    Great post! I'd love to attend your dinner party. :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm sure we'd all love to have you!

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  2. Okay.. you had me laughing all through your post...thanks; it was much needed. And, I always pictured Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys as living in the same world... does that make us strange? I know there were crossovers in the tv series and, in the 80s, a book series with both, but even as a kid I just figured they belonged together.

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    1. I mean, different authors, different series, but very compatible ways of looking at the world and very similar sorts of problems... yeah, there really isn't any reason why they couldn't be sharing the same world, and all those crossovers just cemented the idea for me.

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  3. I wonder if the Hardy Boys would duke it out over got to date Nancy Drew? Michael you made me laugh out loud with your comment on my post. Thanks for coming by.

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    1. I don't know; I had -- have, actually - a very old set of the books, and they both had girlfriends all the way through those; adding Nancy Drew to the mix might cause some drama, or they might just be like, "New friend!"

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  4. This would be such an interesting assortment of people to have dinner with.

    I always assumed that Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys were part of the same universe! Interesting to think that they're technically not.

    My <a href="https://lydiaschoch.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-characters-id-invite-to-a-dinner-party/”>post</a>.

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    1. I think it's fair to say that they weren't originally, but arguably are now.

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  5. Well, I doubt that the Doctor could catch a human disease although his companion du jour would be vulnerable. I am now picturing Sarah Jane making him steam clean his scarf and hat while the rest of his clothing gets put through the laundry.

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  6. Oh, why didn't I think of Doctor Who!!!! He would be BRILLIANT. I'll just have to cadge a seat at your dinner party, Michael.

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    1. Well of course my fellow bloggers are invited!

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  7. I forgot about Doctor Who! He'd be a great guest.

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    1. I know, right? And the questions I'd want to ask...

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  8. Oh my gravy! Before I went rogue and decided to go out of bounds with my post this week, Nancy Drew was someone who came to mind I'd love to have to dinner. Along with Sherlock Holmes. Not only would I love to have dinner with Nancy, I'd like to go zipping around in her cool little car with her...a road trip with Nancy. Great list, Michael! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  9. There we go. I'd go with the non-ick line of reasoning (I'm tired of thinking about COVID anything). I like your list. :-)

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