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Your 32 Literary Dinner Party Dates

Over on Facebook asked which imaginary literary character you would like to invite to a dinner party. It became more of a civic hall banquet than an episode of come dine with me as we became overwhelmed with the response. Over 300 dates were suggested so we added them up and sent out the invitations RSVP. A tremendous amount of thought and consideration went into many of your answers, with personality,charisma and dinner party wit being the requirements rather than just choosing a character simply for being dashing (separating this from our literary crush question). I also believe that table manners played a role in your choices as Gollum from Lord of the Rings did not make the list!

Your choices are wonderfully varied from across the genre spectrum and include characters both young and old. So here are your top 28 male literary dinner party dates and the top 5 female characters who were invited too.

Fitzwilliam Darcy – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
(91 votes)

Christian Grey – 50 Shades of Grey by E. L James
(55 votes)

Jamie Fraser – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
(33 votes)

Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
(29 votes)

Rhett Butler – Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
(26 votes)

Augustus Waters – The Fault in our Stars by John Green
(23 votes)

Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock Holmes novels by Arthur Conan Doyle
(19 votes)

Roarke – In Death series by J.D Robb
(19 votes)

Four/Tobias Eaton – Divergent series by Vernonica Roth
(18 votes)

Jack Reacher – Killing Floor and other novels by Lee Child
(15 Votes)

Jay Gatsby – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
(15 votes)

Jon Snow – A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
(13 votes)

Edward Rochester – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
(13 votes)

Gandalf – Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
(12 votes)

Lestat – The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
(12 votes)

Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte
(11 votes)

Jace Herondale – Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
(11 votes)

Edward Cullen – Twilight Trilogy by Stephenie Meyer
(11 votes)

Robert Langdon – DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
(8 votes)

Aragorn – Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
(8 votes)

Kvothe – Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
(8 votes)

Aloysius Pendergast – Agent Pendergast series by Douglas J. Preston
(8 votes)

Severus Snape – Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
(7 votes)

Eric Northman – True Blood by Charlaine Harris
(7 votes)

Ron Weasley – Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
(7 votes)

Patch – Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
(7 votes)

James Bond – James Bond series by Ian Fleming
(7 votes)

We asked this question over on our Facebook page (where 80% of our 280,000 likes are from women), so understandably men dominate the list. However, you may only make up 20%, but we think you men deserve some coverage on the page too so I’ve listed your top five selections below:

Hermoine Granger – Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
(6 votes)

Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
(4 votes)

Anne Shirley – Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
(2 votes)

Elizabeth Bennett – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
(2 votes)

Scarlett O’Hara – Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
(2 votes)

Ah, what fun that was. Now where is my invite? I really, really want to go to this dinner party!

Add your own suggestions in the comments and pop over to our Facebook page to have your say in the next poll.

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  • Richard says:

    Kenneth Widmerpool (Anfhony Powell – A Dance to the music of time”) – just to experience how odious he is.

  • Julie says:

    You’ve got Wuthering Heights listed as written by Charlotte instead of Emily Bronte. That won’t work on a reading addicts site!

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