Hi guys! Okay, so for the popular #LiteraryTeaParty tag, here is a selection of the literary characters I would prefer to have at the tea party to rule all tea parties. (Yep, definitely excited.) The best china is laid, the cucumber sandwiches, scones and jam are present, there is plenty of cake (THERE MUST ALWAYS BE CAKE!!!) and there are doilies a-plenty. So let’s begin!
Magnus Bane from Cassandra Clare’s ‘Mortal Instruments’ series
– Magnus is witty, flamboyant, magnificent, powerful and TOTALLY in love with Alec from Cassandra Clare’s AMAZING Mortal Instruments series, now a film and the successful Shadowhunters TV series. (If you haven’t read the series, or have and would like to read a review, you can read my review of ‘The Shadowhunter’s Codex’ and the last in the TMI series- ‘City of Heavenly Fire’. Be warned though: it contains spoilers!!) As High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus makes his living summoning demons, and he does it with style- with expert makeup and extravagant clothes. He is- underneath all the lethal magic- also extraordinarily kind, and his love for moody, handsome Alec is the stuff of fairytales. (Actually, come to think of it, I’m probably going to have to invite the amazing Alec too, as you just can’t have Magnus without him. Long live #Malec!)
I also loved reading his stand-alone short stories- ‘The Bane Chronicles’- and will probably end up doing a review of that too (stay tuned!) but he will also probably be my Literary Hero of the Month for October, so I don’t want to say too much until then! All I will say is- he’s definitely at the tea party!
Zusanna from Laini Taylor’s ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ trilogy and the novella ‘A Night of Cake and Puppets’
Lovely, petite, wickedly funny Zusanna would be a great choice for my tea party, especially as she looooooves chocolate cake. She is also steadfastly loyal, wonderfully creative (she is a puppeteer for a living,) and she embraces magic in a way that no-one expects. In fact, she is one of the most loving, endearing and non-judgmental characters in the whole trilogy, and I love her openness (and her sweet tooth.) For more Zusanna awesomeness, read my review of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and also of the lovely novella ‘A Night of Cake and Puppets’– one of my favourite short stories EVER. (And yes, of course I rated it ten out of ten. :D)
Simon and Baz from Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Carry On’
I’m planning to do a review of this soon, so I don’t want to elaborate too much, but in case you haven’t read my review of Rowell’s ‘Fangirl’– the novel which inspired ‘Carry On’- then all you need to know is that- despite Simon being an insanely powerful magician (i.e. wizard) and Baz being a vampire- they have one of the sweetest love stories EVER. Plus Baz is freaking hilarious- imagine how much fun he would be at the tea party! I’ve put a blood-filled cream puff aside for him especially.
Vianne Rocher from Joanne Harris’s ‘Chocolat’ and ‘The Lollipop Shoes’
-Two of my favourite novels OF ALL TIME, in both ‘Chocolat’ and ‘The Lollipop Shoes’, exotic stranger Vianne Rocher hosts lavish, magical dinner parties involving all manner of chocolate and sensual sweet treats. For more of Vianne’s unique and enthralling magic, make sure you check out my previous ‘#LHOTM (Literary Hero of the Month)- Vianne Rocher.’
Bilbo Baggins and Beorn from J.R.R Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’
You can’t have a tea party without Bilbo! Especially as he is the host of one of the most famous tea parties of all- the infamous tea party with a host of rowdy, loveable, brave Dwarves that featured in ‘The Hobbit,’ where they absolutely demolish his usually well-stocked pantry. (And of course, there is also his and Frodo’s shared birthday party in ‘The Lord of the Rings- The Fellowship of the Ring’.)
Bilbo’s hospitality, humour and stories of his adventures are the stuff of legend- I would love to have him at my tea party! Plus, there’s Beorn- oh, sure he looks gruff and tough and he’s a fearsome skin-changer (he changes into a mighty black bear) but he also looks after Bilbo and the dwarves, feeding them with cream and honey cakes from his own impressive bee collection.
His tiny scene in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ doesn’t really do his character justice- in the book he gets, in my opinion, one of the most unique, whimsical and enthralling chapters. Pure magic! Oh yeah, and he has enchanted animals that do his bidding. How cool would it be to have him at my tea party?! 😀