Top Ten Characters I’d Want as Family Members

“One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it.”

Jane Austen

  1. Sam Gamgee – The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien. Sam is adorable and loyal and kind and he’d stick up for his family. He’d be a great cousin or brother or something.
  2. Arthur Dent – The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams. He’s one of those characters who just needs looking after. Plus family gatherings would be utterly hilarious with him around.
  3. Bella Wilfer – Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens. She’d be great to have girly chats with about dresses and makeup and stuff.
  4. Susan Sto Helit – Hogfather, Terry Pratchett. Susan would not take any nonsense, from anyone. Also she can stop time and do THE VOICE and kill bogeymen and who wouldn’t want that in a sister? (I’d also quite like to have Death as a grandfather. He’s just so sweet.)
  5. Blue Van Meer – Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl. Because we could witter pretentiously about books together.
  6. Beatrice – Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare. When her cousin gets hurt she stops at nothing to make it right.
  7. Anne Eliot – Persuasion, Jane Austen. She needs a friend so desperately, and she’s a really sweet person.
  8. Mma Ramotswe – The Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith. She just sweeps everyone up and makes everyone happy and safe and warm. And tea.
  9. Sabriel – Sabriel, Garth Nix. Capable and clever, brave and resourceful, and hopefully I could get her to teach me magic. She’d always know what to do in a crisis, and how to deal with argumentative family members.
  10. Rupert Psmith – Leave it to Psmith, P.G. Wodehouse. But a fairly distant relative, so you could send him away when his facetiousness got boring.

(The theme for this post was suggested by the Broke and the Bookish’s weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday.)

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