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This topic was a boatload of fun, as I considered what might induce me to bring any character to a deserted island with me. I considered practical survival skills, general likeability, and yes, “the hot factor”. So here are my picks! Like last time, they’re in no particular order, because picking favorites is cruel.
Somehow I also managed to get an equal number of girls and guys in here, if a cute alien counts as a guy. Go me. (Heh.)
(NOTE: These images aren’t mine – I tried to credit them to the proper sources in each caption, and if you click on the image, it’ll link to the page where I found it. The links in the headings will take you to the Goodreads page for the book or series.)
Halt O’Carrick from the Ranger’s Apprentice series
Okay, this one’s just obvious. Not only is Halt the hands-down coolest mentor character in any series EVER WRITTEN, he’s got a plethora of useful skills and sarcastic jokes at the ready for a lengthy stay on even the most boring of deserted islands. I would have said Will Treaty for this one, but let’s face it. Who wouldn’t choose Halt over Will in this case? (Psst – Halt is also one heck of a good cook, unlike yours truly and my… well, rather microwave-dependent skills.)
Richard Campbell Gansey III from The Raven Cycle
Fine, I admit it. Half of choosing Gansey for this was the “hot factor”. I have a MASSIVE CRUSH on him, you guys. (If you’ve read the back-of-the-Camaro scene with him and Blue in The Dream Thieves, you should come cry with me.) But there’s also the fact that he’s absurdly rich, which would help us avoid any discomfort in the survival department.
Linh Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles
Let’s face it. Cinder has ALL the skills. True, she’s mainly great in the mechanics department, but there’s never been a situation in the Lunar Chronicles where our very own Linh Cinder hasn’t been able to think up a solution. If anything’s broken – her heart, her mechanical foot, her country – Cinder is sure as heck going to fix it. And this can-do mentality that she has would serve us both well if we were stuck somewhere.
Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices
Again, I was definitely swayed by the hot factor here. (We live and breathe words, anyone? Or the holy water and blood scene? Or, you know, general Welsh awesomeness?) But as a Shadowhunter and general amazing person, Will is also going to be incredibly resourceful and determined not to die. Also, I could sing songs with Will about demon pox and discuss A Tale of Two Cities (PHENOMENAL book!) with him all day. What’s not to love?
Karana from Island of the Blue Dolphins
Since Karana is stuck on an island herself for most of this book, her practical knowledge and quiet strength would come in handy if I were ever stranded. I read this book a long, long time ago, so I don’t remember absolutely everything – but I do recall admiring Karana’s fortitude in any situation, and her unshakeable trust in herself.
Westley from The Princess Bride
Sorry. But how could I not? He’s a farm boy, a pirate, and an all-around rapscallion with a heart of gold who always knows just the thing to save the day. Sure, he may be a tad arrogant at times, but that isn’t much of a problem when compared to things like POSSIBLE STARVATION ON ISLAND. (And having him saying “as you wish” to me every day? Ahh.)
(Seriously, though – if I ever date someone and they reference Westley I’m probably going to marry them on the spot from fangirl-y joy. Westley is just… gah.)
Karou from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy
“Karou” is said to mean “hope” in this series, and she has an ample supply of that despite the hardships she endures throughout the series. I feel like that hope would be invaluable if I were staying on a particularly desolate island. Besides, Karou would know lots about surviving in isolated places, because she’s traveled to so many places from Eretz to Earth and back again.
J. Lo from The True Meaning of Smekday
I admit that this would be incredibly counterproductive, but it would be SO much fun. J. Lo is a Boov, an alien race that comes to Earth looking for a home, and he’s just about the most quirky book character you’ll ever meet. He’s delightfully illogical, always hilarious, and really, really fun to be around (if a little frustrating). Even Gratuity, the main character of The True Meaning of Smekday, has to acknowledge that J. Lo is a great, great friend to have.
Puck Connolly from The Scorpio Races
Puck knows islands. She lives on everybody’s favorite island (THISBY THISBY AHH), for crying out loud. In fact, she would find pretty much any deserted island a breeze compared to Thisby’s capaill uisce-populated shores. Other than the fact that I would just love to be her best friend, Puck is great at reading the boundaries between land and sea, as well as keeping her head up even in the darkest times.
Aoife Grayson from Iron Codex
There’s no denying it: Aoife Grayson is smart as a whip, and she has a fierce will to live that takes over in the most tricky situations. She’s got great leadership skills that would help rally me if my morale ever went down after too long on the island. Besides, there is so much pure AMAZING contained in this girl that not surviving when you’re with her is absolutely inconceivable.
And that’s a wrap for Top Ten Tuesday #2! Love these characters – or love to hate them? Let us know in the comments, and have a fabulous Tuesday!