Today I have left Sharon stranded on a island, I feel like a Bond villain *strokes white cat* (so what if it’s stuffed, it’s all for effect!).
When Victoria mentioned this genius of a feature to me, I immediately turned to my ten and twelve year old daughters for ideas. Together we came up with some great ones, and some not so great ones. Not so great (but we giggled) included Piglet from Winnie the Pooh (to eat), Saphira the dragon from Eragon (to roast Piglet), Hazel from Watership Down (afters for Piglet) Harry Potter (too obvious), Katniss Everdeen (ditto), Jacob Lightfoot from Sky Song (mine…possibly corny), any of the kids from Runners (also mine, but would do a nifty job of fashioning a tent from palm leaves). So, once we had finished laughing and dismissing choices, this is what we came up with…
Captain Nemo (20,000 Leagues under the Sea and The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne)
He has a submarine – see? He built the frickin’ thing himself out of marine stuff! And he plays the organ so if you get bored you can get him to bang out Roll out the Barrel and have a good ol’ knees up. You’ll be home in no time (with a headache, but home). Granted, he’s a bit mental, but you can’t have everything, can you?
Robinson Crusoe (Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe)
He totally knows how to bully whatever natives may happen to be knocking around and would order them to build you a house and some shoes made of straw and coconuts. And if he takes a fancy to you, when you get home (like, a gazillion years later) you could marry him because he’s minted (at least the ladies could, not sure what the rest of you are going to do). If not, you can always marry his mate, Friday, who could knock up a conservatory for you using only grass from your garden and make a tasty soup from some of your less popular relatives.
Merlin (The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart)
Ok… we all know what’s coming here… Because I couldn’t use Merlin from the TV show (but I can sooo use his photo) I chose Merlin in the Crystal Cave series of books because I love them and because he looks a bit like Merlin from the TV show and because, although his magic is actually a bit rubbish in these books, he’s really good at making medicine from herbs and he can start fires using magic. I’m not entirely sure what herbs will be available on our desert island but I’m sure he could rustle up a tasty coconut curry.
Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)
Oh, how much funnier he will be than Harry or Hermione. His magic won’t be quite as awesome but you’ll be far better entertained. Although, if slugs are your meal of choice, he can totally do that.
Saphira (Eragon by Christopher Paolini)
Aside from roasting Piglet (I know, please don’t hate me) Saphira, your handy dragon pal, can also roast other stuff, keep you warm, catch buffalo or whatever is running about, or if you really want to, she can fly you home. Just don’t annoy her, whatever you do.
Thank you so much for taking part Sharon, please don’t steal Ron though!
Tomorrow taking part is Gary Locke.