Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island
1. Leadership: Lord Havelock Vetinari (Discworld series – Terry Pratchett)
With 11 people total, we’re going to need a leader ( it’s certainly not going to be me!). Vetinari can read people and predict what they’re going to do before they think of it themselves. He also constantly organises large groups of disparate individuals and tricks/coerces/threatens them into maintaining order. His ability to think on his feet and learn new skills almost instantaneously is demonstrated in Jingo. Would probably think of 14 different ways to get off the island within half an hour. His education at the Assassins’ Guild is a handy bonus for crowd control.
Cons: If he decides he likes living on the island, no one will be going anywhere. Unless he decides that you are surplus to requirements, then you’ll be having a nice chat with Death sooner than you expected.
2., 3. and 4. Food: Katniss Everdeen, Rue and Finnick Odair (The Hunger Games trilogy – Suzanne Collins)
I get grumpy if I don’t eat on the regular, so food is pretty high up the list of requirements. These three are handy as Katniss can hunt, Rue can forage and Finnick can fish. Katniss is (rightly) suspicious of new people, but having both Rue and Finnick with her would help her trust the rest of us more quickly. Rue would hopefully help calm Katniss and Finnick down when they realise they’re trapped on an island with a bunch of strangers.
Cons: They’re all trained killers to some degree, with varying levels of PTSD. Katniss does not respond well to authority figures.
Sally has lived on her own in the wilderness for years. She would also be useful for foraging, medical care and predicting danger. Has a rare natural ability to ‘step’ into alternate worlds, so she could go for help if necessary.
Cons: incredibly antisocial and loathes authority figures. A good chance that she’d ‘step’ away and never come back.
Aragorn has also lived in the wilderness for years, and is skilled at tracking, hunting and medical care. Gets on well with new people, capable of leading a large group but respects authority. Sensitive to the differing needs of individuals within the group and non-judgemental. Calm.
Cons: Tendency to wander off, mind often on other things.
7. Defence: Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling)
Calm, good in a crisis, organised and knowledgeable, perfect for defending against anything dangerous (or a breakaway group). Being a very capable witch doesn’t hurt either. Can apparate, also useful for escape/searching for rescuers. Will hopefully have her beaded handbag with her, which will help with shelter and supplies. Would probably think of 14 other ways off the island. Respectful of good leaders.
Cons: Divided priorities as she will be looking to find Harry and Ron as soon as possible. Magic handbag may distress non-magic aware members of the group. I have the impression that Hermione and Katniss may not get along so well, at least not initially.
8. Keeping the home fires burning: Jeeves (Jeeves series – P.G. Wodehouse)
Who doesn’t want a Jeeves anyway? He can cook, clean, maintain clothes, and has a surprising depth of general knowledge (very handy for trivia night). Would ensure a certain level of decorum is maintained. Would probably think of 14 further ways to get off the island.
Cons: would probably try and enforce an antiquated social hierarchy. Potential power struggle with Vetinari over control of the group and general scheming.
9. Exploration: Alice (Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll)
Naturally curious with a limited sense of self-preservation. Alice has a very high tolerance for weirdness and the unexpected and is not easily frightened. Eats food of unknown origin to see what happens (useful as a food taster).
Cons: has a tendency to wander off unsupervised, no survival or defensive skills, likelihood of eating something poisonous is high. Rue would be a good companion and potential protector.
10. Just Because: Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith)
Lizzie Bennett would be good company normally, but now comes with bonus zombie killing and martial arts skills!
Cons: May struggle with lack of zombies, also unfamiliar social etiquette, hopefully Jeeves can help in that area.