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16 December 2009 @ 05:02 pm
Fantasy Festivity  
It's a busy time of the year, and here at the Inkpot things are going to start quieting down after our last Topic of the Week of 2009, coming on December 21st. There won't be any Book Club this month, but you can look forward to a whole host of new book clubs, interviews and weekly discussions in 2010.

But for now, I thought some of you all might enjoy a bit of virtual holiday festivity with a fantastical bent. So here's a challenge for all of you, Inkies and Watchers alike:

Suppose you are throwing an end-of-the-year party, and you have all of children's fantasy literature to draw upon. You can invite any character from any fantasy book, you can hold the party anywhere from Bag End to Hogwarts, you can feast on mik-bars or Turkish delight. So tell me about your party plans!

Who are five people on your invitation list?
Where will the party be held?
What will the entertainment be?
What will you wear?
What will you eat?

I'll answer this myself in a comment, and I invite you all to do the same!
Devadeva_fagan on December 16th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Who are five people on your invitation list?
1) Gandalf the Grey, because he seems like the sort to enjoy a good party, and he can provide entertainment
2) Ed the Shark from Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane, because he would probably offer some fascinating philosophical discussions
3) The Wizard Chrestomanci from the various books by Diana Wynne Jones, just because.
4) Molly Grue from The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle because she's tough and still holds on to her dreams.
5) Bertie Shakespeare Smith from Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev, because she's spunky, wears cool clothes, and things will be exciting with her around (especially if the fairies follow her).

Where will the party be held?
The glorious ice palace of the Polar Bear King in Sarah Beth Durst's Ice. With a pool for Ed.

What will the entertainment be?
Music performed by Menolly from the Harper Hall books by Anne McCaffrey. I always wondered what her catchy songs actually sounded like.

What will you wear?
I've always kind of coveted the "shining as the stars" dress from the fairy tale Allerleirauh. Though maybe the one made out of furs and feathers would be a better choice for wintertime!

What will you eat?
I will have the food catered by the Hogwarts house-elves... I've always wondered what butter beer tasted like!
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Devadeva_fagan on December 16th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yay! Looking forward to your response!
A View of My Roomjenny_moss on December 16th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Butter beer!
A View of My Roomjenny_moss on December 16th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
I know I would invite Gen and not Attolia (who would only distract him).
Devadeva_fagan on December 16th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
I considered putting Attolia on my list! I think she would make things interesting, hee!
A View of My Roomjenny_moss on December 16th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, she would, and that would distract Gen. ;)
(Anonymous) on December 16th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Oooh, great idea, Deva. I'll ponder and get back here. (Maybe tomorrow morning, the way things are going.)

All I can tell you right now is that for some reason the food scenes in the Harry potter books always make me hungry. (Except the Death Day party.) So I second the house-elf involvement.

ebooraem on December 16th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
That was me above. Sheesh...thought I'd figured out how to be a grown-up.
patty1943patty1943 on December 17th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
5 guests: Frodo Baggins, Beka Cooper, The Water Rat, Esme Weatherwax, Tenar
Where: In Tenar's cottage on Gont
Entertainment: storytelling and music by all
I'll be wearing: My best maroon velvet
We'll eat: whatever there is
Devadeva_fagan on December 17th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
Ooo, Beka is a good choice!

Thanks for playing!
sherrah.wordpress.com on December 17th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
I love this! So, let's see....

Who are five people on your invitation list?
Definitely Gen, but I'd also include Attolia. I'd like to watch them dance.
Razo, from Shannon Hale's books, because he's so charming and fun.
Eilonwy from Prydain. She's spunky, and she has that cool bauble thing that could provide the light.
And Rosie from Spindle's End, because it would be a party that even she would enjoy.

Where will the party be held?
The Green Dragon in the Shire

What will the entertainment be?
Fflewddur Fflam the bard from Prydain. Followed by Merry and Pippin's singing and dancing.

What will you wear?
A dress from Narnia, that's always beautiful but never uncomfortable.

What will you eat?
Definitely food from Hogwarts. I, too, have always wanted to try butterbeer.
Devadeva_fagan on December 17th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
Fflewddur Fflam! Excellent choice! I love all your invites too.

Thanks for playing!
katecoombs on December 17th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
FIVE PEOPLE: I was tempted to invite Tiffany Aching and four of the Nac Mac Feegle, but I think I'll stick with Sabriel, Magpie Windwitch, the Wizard Howl, Granny Weatherwax, and yes, Gen. I'd love to see those personalities interact!

WHERE: When I think of food in a fantasy, I remember Natalie Babbit's MG book, The Search for Delicious: everyone's arguing over what food represents "delicious" for the royal dictionary, and they're so mad about it that they all bring their own favorite foods to dinner in the castle. Tasty? In a way--especially if you shared.

ENTERTAINMENT: Heriot Tarbas from Margaret Mahy's The Magician of Hoad would do grand magical illusions.

CLOTHING: Those sturdy, comfortable cotton clothes people wear for going on quests. Boots, of course. Plus a dark green cloak and an enigmatic pin/amulet required for fulfilling a grand prophecy!

FOOD: My favorite food is chocolate, preferably with hazelnuts (see above). But I'd sit next to people who could really cook. I hope they'd bring the kind of food served in Bilbo Baggins' hobbit hole.

Edited at 2009-12-17 04:06 am (UTC)
Devadeva_fagan on December 17th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of Magpie as well, and debated between Howl and Chrestomanci.

Mmmm, hobbit food. Thanks for playing, Kate!
A Deserving Porcupine: christmasrockinlibrarian on December 17th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
Of the five questions, the only answer that springs immediately to my mind is the location, which would be the Giver's Favorite Memory from The Giver. Obviously, just the memory-- we'd get out of there before any of the BOOK'S setting happens....

The first winter feast I think of from ANY book is the maple sugaring party from Little House in the Big Woods. Not fantasy. But it makes my mouth water TO THIS DAY and I'm not even a big fan of maple flavoring! But I'll go with a Hogwarts feast as long as they ARE serving butter beer instead of pumpkin juice. Ew. Pumpkin PASTIES on the other hand... I made pumpkin turnovers a couple years ago and told anybody and everybody that they were pumpkin pasties, but anyway....

But there are too many characters I'd like to meet to even begin there, I'd prefer a party with board games or something to one with showy entertainment (and for some reason the only fantasy board games I can think of are Jumanjii and Interstellar Pig, neither of which I would actually want to PLAY), and I never pay enough attention to my real life clothes to even notice the fictional ones, so I guess I have to stop there.
ebooraem on December 17th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not reading any more comments until I answer, because I'll be way, way too influenced. I already have to join Deva in inviting Gandalf (first question I'll ask...what ARE you, exactly?).

Also on the guest list: Serafina Pekkala (from His Dark Materials), Sirius (no, not THAT one--the one from Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones), Snape (yes, that one), Silas from The Graveyard Book, and pretty much anyone whose name doesn't start with an "S"...um, how about Merlin from the Once and Future King? I'd like to hear what he and Gandalf would have to say to each other, although they might talk over our heads.

The party would be in the cave in Nation. We would eat Hogwarts food. Any of it. All of it. I would wear anything from Mrs. Coulter's wardrobe. The entertainment would be elven music from LOTR.

Can't wait to read the rest of the comments!
Devadeva_fagan on December 18th, 2009 10:13 am (UTC)
Ooo, I love your invite list!

I always wondered what the elven music sounded like.
ebooraem on December 18th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Sort of new-agey folk, I imagine. :-P