One of the best parts about reading is meeting a whole host of new characters, and feeling like you know them inside and out. But when we really love a literary character, the end of the book feels like the end of a friendship—and we want more!
With that in mind, here are 12 famous book characters who we’d love to sit down and have a chat with.
Pride and Prejudice
East of Eden
Lord of the Rings
It’s tough to pick just one character from Lord of the Rings to meet, but we’re confident that we wouldn’t regret meeting Gandalf. Wonderfully wise and a tad mercurial, hanging out with the great wizard Gandalf would be an experience like no other.
Arguably the true hero of the Harry Potter books—he did set Harry up for success, after all—we might have an even better time with Albus than with Gandalf. Unwaveringly calm, ethereal, and occasionally mischievous, Albus Dumbledore is the leader and friend we all wish we could have.
One of the famous book characters from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Miss Havisham is, in modern terms, a hot mess. And while hanging out with a rich recluse who refuses to change out of her wedding gown may not be the most enjoyable experience, it’s one we certainly wouldn’t pass up if given the opportunity.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Though we’d love to meet either one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous book characters from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, we have to give the edge to Watson. As one of our Facebook followers explained, “Sherlock would be too impatient and who knows what he'd deduce! But Watson would have fascinating stories to tell, probably be more friendly, and still plenty smart!”
Game of Thrones
If you’re looking for someone to share a glass (or a gallon) of wine with, we can’t think of a better famous book character than Tyrion Lannister. Shrewd, witty and always down for a good time, Tyrion is also one of the few Game of Thrones characters who we’re pretty sure won’t try to murder us.
The Story of Doctor Dolittle
We don’t know of a single animal lover (or adventure lover) who would pass up the chance to meet the eponymous main character from The Story of Doctor Dolittle. If nothing else, he could facilitate a conversation with our pets (and I, for one, have a few choice questions for my cat).
Speaking of (mis)adventure, we’d love to sit down with one of the most senselessly chivalric characters (and most popular book characters of all time), Don Quixote. We’re not sure that it’s in our best interest to spend too much time with Don Quixote, lest we get dragged into one of his hare-brained plans, but it’s an opportunity we couldn’t pass up regardless.
Shakespeare created a near-endless number of famous literary characters, but the one we want to meet the most is Hamlet. We’re hard-pressed to think of a character who made more stunningly bad decisions, and we just have so many questions for him, all of which are variations of “But why would you do that?”
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s introduced us to one of the most famous creations in literature: Holly Golightly. Shocking, sexy and endearing all at once, Ms. Golightly would be the perfect choice for spending a night on the town.
The Color Purple
We’re pretty sure that Shug Avery, Celie’s best friend in The Color Purple, would also be a lot of fun to go out with. But we’re more interested in having a deep conversation with Alice Walker’s famous book character—she’s strong, confident and beautiful, and she’s exactly the kind of supportive best friend every woman deserves to have.
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