A little while ago, I came across this fun literary game on the amazing Fiction No Chaser blog. Here are the rules:
- Write 30 character names on separate slips of paper
- Put them all in a jar, and shake them up good
- Randomly choose two names from the jar for each question
For each of the fifteen questions, you have to decide which of the two characters you’d choose, and which one is “not good enough”. Sounds fun, right? Jess and Teagan at Fiction No Chaser played using Harry Potter characters. I decided I’d try it with characters from classic books I’ve reviewed here on Keeping Up With The Penguins. Here goes…!
1. You only have one more spot on your spelling bee team. Who do you pick?
It’s got to be Ishmael! If he spent all that time reading up about whales, he’s surely picked up a decent vocabulary along the way.
2. Both characters want to kill you. Which one would you kill to save yourself?
Oh, if it’s within my power, I’m taking down Mr Hyde. I don’t like my chances, he’d probably be able to take me down with his brute strength, but I couldn’t possibly kill the lovable rogue Toad.
3. You’re on The Bachelor/Bachelorette, and you’re down to these two characters. To whom will you give the final rose?
Sherlock, no question! I feel like his super-powers of deduction and reasoning would come in handy in a relationship. Plus, Dr Frankenstein was a big ol’ whiner. I’d spend half my life reassuring him that he hadn’t destroyed humanity or whatever, and running from the vengeful monster…
4. You’ve been chosen to participate in The Hunger Games. Who would most likely volunteer in your place?
Huck would jump in for me, for sure! He’d welcome the adventure, and surely fare better than poor innocent wide-eyed Alice.
5. You’re stranded on an island with an active volcano. Who would you throw into the volcano as a sacrifice?
Oh, this is a cruel choice! I guess I’d have to sacrifice Holden, though I do have a soft spot for that wayward ruffian…
6. You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero (with your own TV show, of course!). Who is your sidekick?
There is no way I’d be able to put up with that creepy stalker nincompoop Jay Gatsby for more than five minutes – it’d turn me into a villain, for sure! Raskolnikov is my guy (at least I know he’s handy with an axe).
7. You’re the manager of an avocado-admiring company. Who would you fire for lack of communication skills?
Yes, this is an extremely weird question, but a game’s a game. Dr Watson is a spectacular communicator, he narrates all of the Holmes stories and does a damn fine job, so Clarissa is a goner. She’s probably got a party to plan anyway, or flowers to buy, or something.
8. You’ve just finished a book in which your favourite character dies. Which character is most likely to comfort you?
Sheesh, I’m not sure either of them would be much comfort! Don Quixote would probably go charging off in search of the author, to avenge my grief, and get distracted along the way. Lorelei would probably just pour some champagne and take me out to a fancy party. Actually, that doesn’t sound so bad. Lorelei it is!
9. You’re back in high school. Who’s most likely to be part of the popular clique?
Clarissa Harlowe (Clarissa) or Robinson Crusoe (Robinson Crusoe)
I feel like Crusoe would more likely have been the weird kid, trying to impress people by jumping off the roof or rolling around in the mud. Clarissa was an elegant and refined lady, so she was probably no Regina George, but she would’ve been popular nonetheless.
10. The day has arrived: you’re finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?
Jo would never do such a thing to me! It’d be Hester for sure. She’s too preoccupied, with fending off village gossip and lusting after her baby daddy and raising her kid and everything.
11. Who would be the next big BookTube star?
This is the ultimate showdown! It’s almost too hard to choose… but I think it would be Lizzy. Mr Darcy would think that YouTube stardom was beneath him, or some snooty shit like that. Still, I like to think once they were married and happy, and they’d got over all their pride and prejudice, they’d make a cute BookTube duo and do videos together.
12. Sleepover time! You can only invite one person. Who would it be?
Look, I’m going to make an unexpected choice here. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think Heathcliff is a knob… but I’d kind of want to hang out with him a bit, just to see what all the fuss is about. Bonus points if Cathy’s ghost shows up, and I get to see them go into full across-the-divide breakdown mode.
13. Bam, you’re pregnant! Who is the father/mother?
Why do I get two men who both go gallivanting off around the world with little regard for the wives and families they leave at home alone for years at a time? Ugh! I think I’d go with Ahab. At least he had passion, I can respect that. Gulliver was a real prick to his wife, especially in the end, and I’d hate to be tethered to his high-and-mighty sanctimoniousness for life.
14. You’ve just sent a super-important text message. Who would leave you on Read?
Both of them! Literally, both of them are too self-absorbed to bother responding to my text messages. Well, Dr Jekyll might get back to me someday, on his deathbed maybe…
15. You’ve just woken up in your childhood home, and it’s time for breakfast. Your mother is gone, and replaced with…?
Oh, I hope it would be Emma! For all her faults, she did a wonderful job of taking care of her father, and I’m sure she’d cook up something delicious (or have her household staff do it, at least).
That was fun, for something different! If you give it a go, be sure to drop a link in the comments below so I can check it out. Did I make a bad call on any of these? Let me know!