What My Favourite Characters Would Be Doing in Quarantine Book Tag

We’ve been recently tagged by the unparalleled Orangutan Librarian to “take 5 or more of the favorite book characters and imagine what they would be doing if they were quarantined with us in the real world”. The tag, created by Kal at Reader Voracious, looks so much fun that we jumped on the opportunity right away! πŸ˜‰ We are in a very hyperactive mood lately, I guess it’s a giddiness born from being in lockdown for far too long πŸ˜€ So, thank you for this little tag, Orangutan Librarian – it was fun!

Characters in Quarantine

FitzChivalry Farseer from Robin Hobb’s Realm of Elderlings series


He’d be secretly happy to have another opportunity to whine and feel sorry for himself. I can totally see him using the quarantine as an excuse to lock himself down in a remote, desolate place and once again write the story of his life :D.

Fraa Jad from Neal Stephenson’s Anathem


He’d have already explored all possible universes and options, and chosen the one course of action that would have prevented the coronavirus from jumping from bats/pangolins to humans in the first place. So, long story short, he wouldn’t be in quarantine now, because there wouldn’t have been a pandemic! Unless what we have now is the best possible option already…. (shudders).

Croaker from Glen Cook’s Black Company series

Not to spoil anything, but Croaker is already in a self-imposed quarantine, and it was his own choice. So, needless to say, he will continue as he does now, and use that time to further expand his knowledge.

Granny Weatherwax and Sam Vimes from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series

Granny Weatherwax

The most consummate adept of headology, Granny Weatherwax would apply its inescapable logic to the virus and Weatherwax it, thus rendering it completely harmless. No quarantine, no pandemic, only a small amount of viruses suddenly afraid of Granny and quite prone to introspection ;).


Sam Vimes on the other hand, would not be affected much. He would be designated an essential worker and stay on the streets, to make sure the rest of the population obeys the lockdown. I can imagine a great Discworld novel… heh.

Lying Cat from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’s Saga series

Saga Lying Cat

Lying Cat would simply have a field day with the politicians in the pandemic!

Bilbo Baggins, or, to be honest, the entire hobbit race


They are ready, and able to enjoy themselves in such a situation. Well-stocked pantries, large families able to entertain themselves… they could survive quite a long lockdown with their sanity kept and bellies as round as ever.

Corwin of Roger Zelazny’s Amber series, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

Some of my favourite characters already had episodes of forced, prolonged isolation. I guess they would withstand some more, with annoyed dignity.

Sandman wouldn’t even be worried about hairdressers being closed (I kind of look like he does here, but I have an appointment next week πŸ™‚ ).

Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes

He would survive it. The house – wouldn’t. After a few weeks of quarantine there would not be a single wall standing πŸ˜‰


That was fun! So, the last rule being to tag five bloggers, we tag Bookstooge, Bookforager, Lashaan, Maddalena, Will, and of course whoever else would want a try (yes, we’re looking at you Chris)! πŸ˜€

50 thoughts on “What My Favourite Characters Would Be Doing in Quarantine Book Tag

  1. I’ll get right on it! Right after I finish up the last one πŸ˜…πŸ€£ Also, I’ve never wished I was a hobbit more than right now. Ola, tell me your pantry is fully hobbit-stocked (either stocked like or with hobbits).

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    1. Funny that you say it, NZ had actually shortages of pretty basic (and beloved by hobbits!) stuff – it was quite difficult to buy flour and yeast, and pasta – not to mention cocoa! πŸ˜…πŸ€£ And that last one really beats me – I think it had something to do with import and supply chains πŸ™‚ Thankfully, there was no problem with toilet paper! πŸ˜€
      Maybe every New Zealander has a bit of a prepper soul! 🀣🀣
      Anyway, we’re good now – and luckily, no hobbits raided my pantry!

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    1. You’re very welcome! πŸ˜€ Yes, it was a good way to look at the pandemic – a bit of humor is always welcome, and when we can laugh at ourselves, then clearly not all is lost… πŸ™‚
      We’re looking forward to reading your spin on the tag!

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  2. must say, I have quite the hairdo at the moment as well, been at work this past week, but the people understand that now that we are on semi not lockdown mode the hairdressers are all booked full for a few months… I might rock a manbun soon lol….

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    1. piotrek

      Tomorrow is the day, I have a visit booked and should get my mane under control… perhaps I’ll even change the style somewhat… I’ll think about it today πŸ™‚

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  3. I imagine the Pevensies would realize that their wardrobe is magical and escape quarantine by going to Narnia. Snufkin would really struggle with a lock-down but he could handle social distancing so I hope he would have escaped into the wild before it got so far. Ronia would have found a secret way to hang out with Birk in the basement. Murderbot would have actually complied with the quarantine, it would have given it an excuse to spend all day watching TV-series.

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        1. Yay! πŸ˜€ I’m sure you will come up with more ideas! Just let it brew for a while – besides, what better way to promote your beloved books and characters? πŸ™‚

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    1. piotrek

      They don’t have it easy on a regular day, under quarantine… I have three nieces (2.5-5-7), relatively calm kids, but they are going crazy lately (well, the oldest is a bit like me and tends to read a lot, so she’s manageable πŸ˜‰ )

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  4. πŸ˜€ Lol at “Weatherwax it.”
    Enjoyed reading this. Oh, my poor Fitz would def be wallowing in self-pity and probably start quarantining himself before it was recommended.
    Lol I wish there was a lying cat in the real world that accompanied Trump on all his press briefings and commented on all his tweets.

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    1. Exactly! I read the tag and Fitz was the first person to come to my mind πŸ˜€
      Yeah, if there was a lying cat for real it would’ve lost its voice a looooong time ago… So maybe it’s better the poor creature is not forced to listen to all those lies πŸ˜‰

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  5. Beth @ Beth's Bookish Thoughts

    Hobbits would be great company in quarantine! And Dream is a good choice, I wish I could spend quarantine in his library!

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  6. That Fraa Jad character reminds me so much of the MCU’s Doctor Strange, unless you purposefully twisted his story that way hahaha I also love the inclusion of the Lying Cat. A perfect lie detector (not like we couldn’t already tell 99% of the lies already) in politics. πŸ˜€ Did you two actually reach all the way to volume 8?! I’m sad that they decided to go on a hiatus after that huge finale…cliffhanger… πŸ˜› Great post, guys. I look forward to giving this one a try myself! πŸ˜€

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    1. He’s absolutely freaking better than Doctor Strange! 😜 And yes, I might have purposefully misled you a bit… 🀣

      Yes, I read the whole thing but somehow I didn’t feel that cliffhanger that keenly – I felt a bit of exhaustion and kind of acceptance in the way they wrapped it for now, but maybe I’m just weird that way. Of course, I’d love to read what happens next, but the bare bones of the future were there already, I feel.
      Thanks! 😊

      Yes! We’ll be looking forward to reading your try on this tag! It’s fun!

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        1. Yes indeed, Pratchett was unparalleled in seamlessly joining cutting social commentary with empathy and deep understanding of human nature.

          Can I keep hoping for your spin on this tag? πŸ˜€

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        1. piotrek

          Current lockdown made my kitchen, and especially fridge, look a bit like Bilbo’s pantry. I used to only buy stuff for a few days, and on weekdays I ate at my office’s cafeteria, now we cook ourselves, and we need to buy multiple times what we used to…


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  9. LMAO! So we have six or seven Calvin and Hobbes collections that the kids have been reading over and over and over since they were capable of reading. I am now raising 2 Calvins and one Hobbes. πŸ™‚

    And no, our house won’t survive this “school at home” for much longer, not when they’re determined to bike on the roof. and build ropes out of bedsheets to climb out windows. Oy vey…

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    1. 🀣🀣🀣 well, there is a bit of consolation to be found in the fact that the parents in Calvin and Hobbes seem to have a knack for surviving even their most inspired ideas! πŸ˜„ Good luck to you, guys!

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    2. piotrek

      I have a collected edition in English, and my 7yo niece loved it just for the pictures. I bought her a translated volume, and she read it several times already πŸ™‚ I just hope she won’t get too many ideas for mischief πŸ˜‰

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      1. Just be ready for when she starts talking about homicidal jungle cats and moron classmates and…I’m trying to think of other phrases my sons used at school that resulted in a little teacher-parent talk after school, lol…

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