So, I finally finished The Picture of Dorian Gray today. It was absolutely amazing and I definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn’t had the chance to read it yet. While I really enjoyed the conflicts that were presented to Dorian throughout the novel, it was really Lord Henry, the cynical “mentor” of the title character (for lack of a better description), that really kept my interest in the book going. He’s brilliant. As soon as I finished the book, my first thought was about how I wished I could somehow sit down and have a conversation with him, preferably over dinner.
So, this got me thinking: If I could have dinner with any 5 characters from books I’ve read, who would they be? What group of characters would make for the most interesting conversation, the most diverse viewpoints? After some thought, here’s my list (not really in any particular order, this is simply how they came to mind):
1. Lord Henry (The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde)
2. Death (The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak)
3. Clarisse McClellen (Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury)
4. Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Mr. Wednesday (American Gods by Neil Gaiman)
Also up for spots were Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird and the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, but I think these 5 would make for the most interesting conversation. I guess what I really want is to be able to sit down with their authors, but for now, these characters would do just fine.
AGREED! I might also add Sherlock Holmes, Hamlet, Long John Silver (Treasure Island), and Gandalf (Lord of the Rings).
I’m mainly just choosing these for the likely witty banter, but I feel like they would all have interesting things to say.
P.S. I crossed out 5 simply because I haven’t read it yet.