What if we told you that you could take an all-expenses paid trip to a desert island with a group of friends? What would you pack? What would you wear? And most importantly, who would you bring? We already covered who we wouldn’t want to bring, but we’re not anti-social, Tom Hanks-esque castaways. No, we’ve got the perfect list of companions for our desert island retreat.
1. The White Witch, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The first word in desert island is desert, and that means those suckers can get toasty. What would be better (and more convenient) than having a witch who can create eternal winters serve as your air conditioning unit? Just don’t get on her bad side. Things might get a little too chilly.
2. Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Holly would definitely be able to put together some awesome parties from stuff found on the island. Who needs the Professor making fake coconut radios when your girl Holly can make you a piña colada? Girls just want to have fun, are we right?
3. Hermione Granger, Harry Potter series
Besides the fact that Hermione is one of the best characters ever, she has a lot of skills and talents that would be useful on an island. Between her encyclopedia knowledge of spells, her bag that can hold a never-ending amount of items, and her extensive knowledge of plants from taking Herbology classes, she would make sure everyone had a magical time, and even would be able to apparate us off once we got tired of Holly’s existential crisis. 10 points to Gryffindor!
4. Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
It’s common knowledge that when a group of people is in isolation for too long, some conflict can emerge. (See: Lord of the Flies.) In addition to providing excellent eye candy by looking like the smoking Gregory Peck, Atticus is a great lawyer and mediator who would be able to settle any arguments and prevent things from escalating.
5. Tris Prior, Divergent
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Tris is an all-around kick-butt lady. She has an extensive knowledge of weapons and self-defense techniques from her Dauntless initiation training. Plus she is super loyal and selfless (despite her claims otherwise) so she will always be willing to take one for the team. We mean, a girl basically without fear? Totally someone we want on our island shortlist.
6. Feste, Twelfth Night
This character is a fool. No, the kind that Mr. T likes to pity, but that archetypal figure who serves as comic relief by cracking jokes about everyone around them. That sounds like even better entertainment than cable TV. You know, unless he makes fun of The White Witch. Then we might be in for a cold, er, treat.
How about you, Shmoopers? Who would you take with you to a desert island?