For those of you unfamiliar with Come Dine With Me, the premise is simple: put 5 complete strangers together, have them cook dinner for one another and sit back as they rate each others dinner parties in a bid to win £1000. As you can imagine, things tend to get heated, if not a little interesting.
So what better question to ask than what book characters you would love to see in a room together, enjoying (hopefully) each others company over a glass of wine and a 3 course meal. Oh, and trying to win some money at the same time.
After making some difficult choices (I had to cut a lot of characters), below are my own top 5 picks:
Dorian Gray, the morally challenged, narcissistic protagonist of Oscar Wilde’s only novel. He’s incredibly witty, and bound to shock the other dinner guests recounting stories from his drug fuelled, sexually adventurous, bachelor lifestyle.
Heathcliff, the moody, oddball who never let go of his first love, Catherine Earnshaw, in Wuthering Heights. He is peculiar but passionate man, and it would be interesting to see how the other guests would handle his “difficult” nature.
Lisbeth Salander, the strong and intelligent lead in Stieg Larsson’s The Millenium Trilogy. She knows exactly how to handle herself, is not easily intimidated and knows her mind exactly. I’m sure she would make a lasting impression on the others…especially Heathcliff.
Offred, the rebellious handmaid in Attwood’s most famous novel. She is in many ways an enigma, we only have a few flashbacks to her life before the Sons of Jacob took power, so it would be very interesting to find out more about her, her beliefs and her opinions in a safe environment.
Akkarin, the brooding, mysterious Highlord in Trudi Canavan’s The Black Magician trilogy. Admittedly, this is in part *SPOILER* because quite selfishly I wish he wasn’t dead, but also because I’m not sure exactly how he would get on with the other characters.
What do you think? Who would be your top picks for a bookish edition of Come Dine With Me?