Stuff & Nonsense: Top 10 Tuesday: Characters I Want With Me On A Deserted Island

22 July 2014

Top 10 Tuesday: Characters I Want With Me On A Deserted Island

This week, for Top Ten Tuesday, we're talking about the ten characters we would want with us on a deserted island. Most of my characters were selected based on their usefulness so they tend to be a bunch of hardy survivors who would (hopefully) find a deserted island No Big Deal. I have no idea whether they'd all get along with each other or if my island would quickly go all Lord of the Flies. Also, I seem to have presumed my deserted island will be no ordinary Deserted Island, but be more an Island of Mystery full of "monsters, mad scientists, castaways, ancient temples and other mysterious phenomena."
  1. Billie Wind from Jean Craighead George’s The Talking Earth. She survives (and thrives) alone in the Everglades.
  2. Ged from Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series. He can talk to dragons, has spent a lot of time alone at sea, and has survived an awful lot of unpleasantness. Also, you know, MAGIC.
  3. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. Well, she kept surviving the Hunger Games!
  4. Princess Cimorene from Patricia Wrede’s Dealing With Dragons. Knows fencing, magic, cooking, Latin, and other useful things. Generally very capable and aware of her own worth.
  5. Rincewind from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. He has a knack for staying alive. Also, he is usually accompanied by the Luggage, an ambulatory bag of holding strong on defense and good at laundry.
  6. Sabriel from Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series. She fights monsters and saves the world. Also, handy to have around when dealing with the dead.
  7. Samwise Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings. He’s nice, is good at cooking and gardening, and has a way with spiders.
  8. The Wife of Bath from The Canterbury Tales. She knows how to take care of herself, has a vast repertoire of dirty jokes, and tells a good story.
  9. William, the father in Johann Wyss' Swiss Family Robinson. He knows everything about everything and helps his family carve a little civilization out of the wilderness.
That's only nine, so here's a mostly-relevant comic I found on Pinterest:


  1. That’s a creative list today, personally I hope to never be marooned on a deserted Island. The comic is great. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  2. I love this list. Rincewind would be perfect on a desert island, he gets into a lot of trouble but also makes it out intact. Princess Cimorene! One of the most competent people ever.


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